While there’s no denying the convenience of store-bought cleaning wipes, they’re far from a perfect solution! And since they’re also increasingly rare these days due to fears over the spread of COVID-19, today seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit my favorite homemade alternative—DIY cleaning wipes!
We’ll start by looking at some of the drawbacks of the store-bought variety, then I’ll tell you all about what goes into making homemade cleaning wipes and how you can do it at home. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything you need to know to make (and remake) your own reusable cleaning wipes! :-)
The Problem(s) With Store-Bought Disinfecting Wipes
1. Hard To Find
Due to fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for disinfecting wipes has exceeded most stores’ supply of them nationwide. Until the supply catches back up with the demand, commercial disinfecting wipes may continue to be a rare sight in stores.
2. Create Waste
Any sort of disposable product creates waste, and wipes are no exception. While disposables are more sanitary in high-risk environments like hospitals, they aren’t typically necessary for home cleaning and disinfecting.
3. Contain Harsh Chemicals
You don’t need a laundry list of chemicals to clean surfaces or kill bacteria and viruses. But store-bought wipes feature a lot of them, including synthetic fragrances, toxins, and respiratory irritants.
One container of cleaning wipes won’t last very long, especially if you’re cleaning frequently. Even if you’re paying just a few dollars per container, the cost will add up fast!
The Solution: Make Your Own Cleaning Wipes!
Luckily for all of us, you can solve all of those potential problems by simply making your own cleaning wipes at home! They’re easy to make, cost-effective, and totally reusable.
Before I show you how to make them, let’s quickly review what exactly goes into them. (I’ve also provided some alternatives in the following section in case you have trouble finding certain ingredients!)
What’s In Them?
You only need three ingredients to make your own DIY cleaning and disinfecting wipes. Here’s a brief overview of what goes into them and why!
- Rubbing Alcohol – Rubbing alcohol is an extremely affordable disinfecting agent, and is effective against coronavirus and other viruses in solutions of 70% or higher.
- Dish Soap – Adding a bit of Dawn dish soap to your homemade wipes makes them more effective at cutting through tough messes!
- Simple Clean Essential Oil Blend – Simple Clean makes a great addition to almost any homemade cleaner. It has a fresh, clean scent and it gives the wipes another boost of germ-killing power!
- While rubbing alcohol makes an ideal disinfectant because of how cheap it is, there are other options you can use if you can’t find any:
- Bleach – Add 2 teaspoons of household bleach to 2 cups of water to make a simple yet effective disinfecting solution. (To avoid hazardous fumes, avoid mixing bleach with anything except water.)
- Hydrogen Peroxide – You can use undiluted 3% hydrogen peroxide to disinfect hard surfaces around your home.
- Soap & Water – Good old soap and water will get the job done too! Soap lifts viruses and bacteria from surfaces, making it easy to rinse them away.
How To Make Your Own DIY Cleaning Wipes
Quart-sized mason jar
Stack of clean cloths or rags
Add the rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and essential oils to your jar. Put the lid on and swirl or shake gently to mix.
Next, remove the lid and add your cloths or rags to the jar. Continue adding more until the cleaning solution has saturated all the cloths, then add one more for good measure.
Replace the lid on the jar, then turn it upside-down for a minute or so. And voila, your reusable cleaning wipes are ready to use!
How To Use Them
You can use your homemade wipes to wipe down countertops, clean up spills, dust your baseboards, and more. If you’re using them to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, pre-clean the surface with soapy water first, then use your cleaning wipe and allow the surface to air dry.
Collect the dirty/used wipes in a container. When you’ve used them all, wash them with your laundry, then add them to another batch of the cleaning solution to reuse them.
And be sure to thoroughly clean both the wipes jar and the dirty wipes container in between uses!
Have you tried making your own reusable cleaning wipes yet?