Did you know that your bathroom sink is one of the most germ-ridden locations in your home? That’s because after the sink is used for things like washing hands and brushing teeth, which remove bacteria from the body, pathogens often stay put rather than rinsing down the drain. Plus the wet environment promotes germ growth.
So it’s important to clean and disinfect this area often, in order to prevent the spread of germs around your home. Keeping disinfecting wipes in your bathroom makes it simple to wipe down the bathroom counter to clean up messes and disinfect regularly.
But as we all know, there are a couple of drawbacks to store-bought disposable disinfecting wipes. First, they can be pretty pricey! And second, the list of chemical-laden ingredients in them can be mystifying. So I decided I would come up with a DIY recipe for disinfecting wipes to use in my bathroom.
DIY Disinfecting Bathroom Wipes
- 4 cups warm water
- 2 Tbsp castile soap
- 10 drops Thyme oil
- 5 drops Lemongrass oil
- 5 drops Sweet Orange oil
The active ingredient in this recipe is Thyme oil, which contains a compound called thymol. Thymol has been shown in numerous studies to be highly effective at disinfecting surfaces, with minimal associated risks or side effects. Plus, it lends a warm, herbacious scent that pairs so well with citrus-y scents, so I also added some Lemongrass and Sweet Orange oils!
You can use this recipe to make either disposable or reusable disinfecting wipes, depending on your needs and preferences.
For full instructions on making the disposable wipes using paper towels, click here.
For full instructions on making the reusable wipes with cloths or rags, click here.
Keeping a container of these wipes in my bathroom has definitely encouraged me to wipe down the countertops and sinks more often, and I know that my home will be cleaner and healthier for it!