There’s no denying the convenience of those pre-moistened cleaning wipes. Personally, I was quite infatuated with them when they started taking over the cleaning aisle around a decade ago!
But after using them enthusiastically for several months, I noticed how quickly I was burning through those tubs of cleaning wipes. And it wasn’t just the cost that caused me to rethink my stance—it was the waste they produced too!
That led me to the discovery of the homemade cleaning solution I’ll be sharing with you today: DIY cleaning wipes! I’ve honed and tweaked this formula over the past few years, and I’m happy to report that they’re now easier to make and more effective than ever! :-)
What’s In Them?
You only need four ingredients to make your own DIY cleaning and disinfecting wipes. Here’s a brief overview of what goes into them and why!
- Distilled Water – Water is a great solvent, and using distilled water reduces the chance of mold or mildew growing on your wipes over time (yuck!)
- Dish Soap – I always use Dawn dish soap, because nothing cuts through grease quite as effectively in my opinion!
- Rubbing Alcohol – Rubbing alcohol is a cheap disinfectant, and it’s great at breaking down sticky gunk.
- Simple Clean Essential Oil Blend – Simple Clean makes a great addition to almost any homemade cleaning product. It has a fresh, clean scent and it gives the wipes another boost of germ-killing power!
How To Make Your Own DIY Cleaning Wipes
Cleaning solution ingredients:
Quart-sized mason jar
Pile of clean cloths or rags
Add the distilled water, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and essential oils to your jar. Put the lid on and swirl or shake gently to mix.
Remove the lid and add your cleaning cloths to the jar. Keep adding them until the cleaning solution has absorbed into 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!
Use your wipes to wipe down countertops, clean up spills, dust your baseboards, and more. Collect your used wipes in a container, then when you’re ready to make another batch, just wash them with your laundry and reuse them!
Have you tried making or using reusable cleaning wipes yet?