Today, my journey to find cheaper, natural, and BETTER alternatives to the cleaning supplies I use in my home presented me with a showdown with what has been, up until now, one of my best cleaning allies… Clorox Wipes.
There are a lot of reasons why I like these cleaning wipes. The main reason is that I like being able to grab a cleaning wipe whenever I need one. I don’t want to have to fill a sink or a bucket with water and add cleaning solution to it.
I also have issues with rinsing, dipping and wringing out the same rag over and over (often in the same dirty water) until you are done. With the Clorox wipes, you wipe up the offending mess, toss the wipe AND the mess away and grab another CLEAN wipe and repeat until you are done.
That’s what I LIKE about Clorox wipes. Now for what I DON’T like. I despise paying $3.00+ for a bottle of 35 wipes that I could easily go through in just a couple of bathroom cleanings, and I hate throwing away all that paper and plastic after I’m done! It’s such a waste of both money and resources.
So today I’m breaking the disposable wipes habit and embarking on a new cleaning experiment. I found the inspiration for my Homemade Disinfecting Wipes at Living on a Dime.
First thing I did was gather up a few spare washcloths I had lying around. You can use whatever kind of cloth you happen to have on hand, like old towels or even some ratty t-shirts cut up into smaller squares. They’ll work just the same! :-)
Next I got a large jar and threw my washcloths inside. No need to get all fancy with folding and stuff, unless you really like that sorta thing. :-)
Mix up some cleaning solution…
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 2 tablespoons Dawn dish soap
- 2 tablespoons ammonia (optional)
Stir the ingredients until combined, and pour the solution over the top of your cleaning rags. You may need to add a bit more water depending on how absorbent your rags are, or you can just double the amount of cleaning solution you make.
After using my cleaning rags, I place them into a little bucket underneath my sink. When the bucket is full, I just wash them with the rest of my laundry and set them aside for a new batch of cleaning rags when my supply runs out.