These DIY cleaning wipes offer you the convenience of the store-bought options without all the waste or harmful ingredients. Read on for the full tutorial!
It’s no secret that I like things clean. My blog is full of DIY cleaning recipes and green cleaning tips, and I’m always sharing my favorite products. Back before I knew anything about green cleaning, I was totally hooked on those disinfecting cleaning wipes you could buy in a canister at the store. They’re so convenient!
But, let’s face it. While there’s no denying the convenience of those, they’re far from the perfect option. In an effort to bring back that convenience without buying those products, I came up with these DIY cleaning wipes. They’re perfect for giving the kitchen or bathroom a quick clean, and since they’re re-usable, the recurring cost is very low.
Plus, I think we can all agree with how awesome it is to actually know the ingredients in your cleaners, right? Want to make your own convenient wipes to make household chores more manageable? Keep reading for the full tutorial. But first, let’s talk about why I don’t buy conventional cleaning wipes.
Problems with Store Bought Cleaning Wipes
Did you know that studies show the air inside our homes is now more polluted than the air outside? And what’s worse is that many of the products we use to keep our homes clean and safe are the biggest culprits. You can read more about that here and here.
So, where do wipes fit into this? Well, depending on what brand you buy, you could be exposing your family to some pretty harmful ingredients, including those that cause respiratory problems and even asthma. Of course, there are some brands that are safer than others, so reading labels is always a good idea.
But, even if you’re buying “green” wipes, they’re still incredibly costly over time, and produce a lot of waste. Overall, there are just much better options out there for most day-to-day cleaning.
Disclaimer: These wipes have not been lab-tested to prove their efficiency against viruses, so please do not use them for this purpose. These wipes are intended for regular, every day messes in your home.
Cleaning with Essential Oils
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Most people look at essential oils as something that just smells good, but research shows that many of them have actual antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Plus, oils like orange and lemon are powerful degreasers, which makes them the perfect addition to kitchen cleaners.
This recipe doesn’t tell you exactly which oils to use, because there are so many options. But, to get you started, some of my favorite essential oils for cleaning are (in no particular order):
- tea tree
- oregano (which is super powerful, but also has an overpowering scent)
As for brand, I’m not going to tell you there’s only one good brand out there. I used to do that and learned my lesson. There are so many amazing companies to buy essential oils from, so just do your research and take the time to find a brand you trust. If you’re looking for recommendations on where to start, my family uses and loves Plant Therapy essential oils. I’ve also heard great things about Edens Garden, Revive, and Rocky Mountain Oils.
Save Money with Reusable Wipes
These wipes are my go-to cleaner for every day kitchen and bathroom messes. I use them all the time, and because of that, keep a batch in each room. Like I said earlier in this post, that can create a lot of waste and result in spending a lot of money.
Instead, I went for fabric wipes, which can be re-used over and over.
For this part, you can use whatever fabric you have on hand, from old cut up shirts or towels, to microfiber cloths, to a stack of new wash cloths. Personally, I had a set of tea towels left over from a craft I did with the kids, so I cut those up in eighths (mine are roughly 12″x12″) and they make the perfect wipes.
Vodka as a Cleaner
Since this cleaning base includes castille soap, I need a disinfecting agent that is not vinegar to mix with it. I know a lot of recipes recommend those two together, but this article explains why it’s a bad idea. Basically, it involves mixing an acid and a base, which means they cancel each other out. I don’t know. I’m not a chemist. So, I’ll leave that decision up to the pros and leave the vinegar out of my soap-based solutions.
Luckily for us, vodka is the perfect alternative and makes a great cleaner. It works as a disinfectant and degreaser, and evaporates quickly, giving your cleaner a fast dry time.
Don’t go for the top dollar stuff for this recipe. Just get the cheapest vodka you can buy at the highest proof you can find. Save the good stuff for pouring over ice.
DIY Cleaning Wipes Solution
DIY Cleaning Wipes
- Mixing Bowl
- 2 cup measuring cup
- Table Spoon
- 1 quart sized wide-mouth mason jar (or similar glass container with lid)
- 3/4 cup Vodka
- 5 tbs Castille Soap
- 2 cups Water (distilled or boiled)
- 30 drops Orange Essential Oil
- 30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (or your favorite EO combination)
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together vodka, soap, water, and essential oils using a whisk.
- Pour 1/4 of the mixture in your glass jar, and add folded wipes one at a time, pushing them down into the liquid until the top one remains dry.
- Add another 1/4 of your cleaning mixture, and add more wipes. Continue doing this until your jar is full and all of your wipes are evenly saturated.
- To use, remove wipe from jar, and wring out any exess. Use on counters, door handles, sinks, stove, tub, and other hard surfaces.
- When done, wipes can be laundered with your normal load of towels and used again.
DIY Cleaning Wipes for Your Whole Home
I love the convenience of cleaning wipes, but let’s face it. They’re far from the perfect solution for daily cleaning. Between the extra waste they create and the harmful ingredients they are made with, they’re just not something I want to bring into my own home.
If you’re looking for an alternative that is not only made from safe, natural ingredients, but also cuts down on waste, give these DIY cleaning wipes a try for yourself!