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How To Make A Never-Ending Supply Of Cleaning Wipes In Minutes

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Just last week I wrote a post singing the praises of castile soap. It’s one of the most versatile cleaning ingredients you can keep on hand! You can use it in homemade health and beauty products, or use it to keep your house clean without resorting to chemical cleaners. Today I want to share with you one of my very favorite ways to use castile soap, and that’s to make reusable DIY cleaning wipes for the kitchen!

Related: 23 Reasons Why Castile Soap Is the Most Useful Soap You Can Buy

I first made these kitchen wipes as an alternative to the expensive antibacterial wipes you can buy in the cleaning aisle at the grocery store. Not only are these wipes more environmentally-friendly than disposable wipes, but they also have antibacterial qualities too! The antibacterial kick comes from the addition of peppermint essential oil, which also leaves behind a clean and minty scent after cleaning. :-)

Many people prefer using natural or organic cleaning solutions to keep their homes clean, and these peppermint kitchen wipes fit the bill perfectly. But even if you don’t mind using commercial cleaners, you really can’t beat the convenience of these homemade kitchen wipes! When you’ve used them up, all you have to do is wash your cloths and they’ll be ready to be reused. No need to make an extra trip to the store, and no need to spend money at all if you have a couple of ingredients on hand!

Here’s how you can make your very own jar of natural and reusable kitchen cleaning wipes at home.

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes


Peppermint Kitchen Wipes


  • An old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Large jar

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes


Grab an old t-shirt (or pajama pants, or any soft clothing item you don’t mind cutting up) and use your scissors to cut it up into “rag-size” cloths. (I usually end up with 8-10 rags.)

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Next, grab a large jar and pour in the water, castile soap, and peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Put the lid on and give it a good shake to combine.

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Remove the lid from the jar, and place your t-shirt rags into the jar with the liquid. Replace the lid and turn the container upside-down a few times to help the liquid soak into the rags.

Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Using Your Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Use your kitchen wipes to clean up spills, or even just to freshen up your countertops. Set the used cloths aside until you’ve used them all.

peppermint Kitchen Wipes

Then all you have to do is wash the rags with your laundry, mix up another batch of the cleaning solution, and your kitchen wipes will be ready to reuse!

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  • Love your posts and diy solutions!!! I made a mistake and bought bar Castile Soap. Is there some way I can still use this bar form and convert the bar to liquid to make the cleaning wipes?

  • When you throw them in the wash with your clothes, do they:
    1) change the amount of detergent you need to use [since they have been soaked in cleaner] ?
    2) leave the EO scent in your clothing?

    • You can use slightly less detergent than usual, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much. A subtle essential oil smell will linger, but you’ll want to add more each time you make them. :-)

  • Finally got around to doing this. AMAZING. so simple. So fresh. I’m trying to be less wasteful, and this makes me so happy. I used lemon EO instead of peppermint. But peppermint is my absolute favorite oil. So I think I’ll do that next time. Loved this. Thank you!

  • I have a recipe that I’ve been using for months and love! Got it online… can’t take the credit, but I don’t know from whom I got it. I doubled the recipe and keep half ‘on hand’ for when I refill my jar with clean rags.
    1 cup vodka (not rubbing or isopropyl alcohol)
    4 cups distilled water
    1 3/4 tsp tea tree essential oil
    2 tsp lemon essential oil.

    Give it a try. I am converting to everything natural (as much as possible) as my granddaughter spends a considerable amount of time here and I did not like having so many chemical laden products in the air and on surfaces.

  • I feel compelled to add my 2 cents about something: Be careful with essential oils around your pets! I use EOs and always have at least a dozen on hand for DIY face and body projects, as well as DIY cleaning products. But according to several sources (including the ASPCA), many EOs and other oils (like pine oil and citrus oil) can be very harmful to animals, and some can even give them blood disorders and kill them – even if just inhaled, as with aromatherapy diffusers (so, sadly, I stay away from those) – so I take extra care to keep my pets away from the products. I don’t feel the need to be fanatical about it, but I am very careful, for sure. I mean, I’m sure many of the commercial cleaning and personal care products that contain toxic chemicals would also be harmful to pets if applied, ingested, or inhaled, too!

    Cats are particularly susceptible to the side effects because, even though they might chew on various plants such as lavender and be okay, their bodies cannot metabolize the high concentration in EOs.

    Every time I see a post or DIY formula that includes EOs, I wish the author would leave a disclaimer about this – because so few people seem to know about it.

    This seems like a great DIY product, and I will definitely be using it soon – thanks for this post and all that you do, Jillee. I love your website, and I absolutely love getting your daily emails – they are often the first thing I read every day! :)

  • Hi — Great idea — Can’t tweet this out though – don’t see a way to do that on your post/blog.
    Let me know. Would be happy to tweet out something this great !

  • This is a great idea! Does anyone know what the ‘shelf life’ would be for these? What I am wondering is if the castile soap and essential oils keep the water/cloth from getting mouldy if you didn’t end up using them within a certain amount of time.

    • Eventually, yes. But the essential oils keep mold and mildew at bay. As long as they are stored in a cool space, they should last for months! I always use them up before they go bad. :-)

  • I have a lot of different counter top surfaces in my home. Are essential oils safe of male, Corian and granite? EO’s are very potent. I’ve seen them literally eat a plastic ladle when I had a natural body care business. Any thoughts on s?

  • Jillee, or anyone one else who has made these: How much is an ounce of the Castile soap? I don’t have a scale to weigh it, so would it be 1/4 cup or 1 Tablespoon?

  • I notice that you can buy the Castille Soap already perfumed with various smells such as Citrus, Peppermint, Almond etc. Is it worth buying that instead of adding essential oils?

      • Dr. Bronner’s (the brand Jillee displays) is available widely – Target, Kroger (in the “natural” beauty products section) and of course, Amazon. Its about $13-$15 for a big bottle. I love the Almond scent! I dilute it with water to refill foaming soap dispensers.

      • I have the Almond scent as well. Although I do prefer the unscented and then add my own scent with essential oils. The didn’t have the unscented when I got mine, so Almond it was.

      • I would like to know the ratio of soap to water, too, please. That’s a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

      • Janet, you can follow this exact same recipe if you have the soap with oils already added – just leave out the oils! :-)

    • You’ll get a much stronger scent with the essential oils. But the scented castille soap will give you a nice subtle scent. The essential oils have the important antibacterials in them also – not sure the concentration is high enough in the soap. Just my two cents!

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