DIY Disinfecting Wipes

January 14, 2015

Do you make resolutions for the New Year? I try not to. I mean, yes, I do try to make some goals for the year but I tend to make them low-key. You know, no pressure type goals.

Most of my goals revolve around health and a healthy lifestyle. I find that biting off small chunks at a time lead to more permanent successes. One of my recent “small chunks” was to ditch those chemical laden disinfecting wipes. I hadn’t used them in my house for a couple of years on a regular bases but I did tend to keep a container around just in case. I mean, they are so darn convenient.

I decided that I was going to try to create some DIY disinfecting wipes that I would actually use. It was critical that they were easy to make as well. We’re talking less than 10 minutes of work. And so, I hunted around the internet and got some good ideas about how to make this all work.

You ready to see what I came up with? I think you will love these wipes. Why? Because they are super quick and easy to make and they are oh-so convenient. Grab and wipe and the mess is gone. Boom.

DIY Disinfecting Wipes

You will need:

  • Airtight container (I used an old baby wipes container I had hanging around)
  • Paper towels (go with a better brand like Bounty – trust me)
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 30 drops of your choice of the following essential oils:
    Orange
    Lemon
    Grapefruit
    Tea Tree
    Thieves
    Eucalyptus
    Lavender

How to make:

  1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half with a sharp knife. Do NOT use a serrated knife. You will have a mess on your hands.
  2. Put the paper towels cut side down in your container.
  3. Mix the vinegar, water, and essential oils in a bowl or jar. This is your cleaning solution.
  4. Pour the cleaning solution over the paper towels.
  5. Remove the cardboard tube.

To use:

  • Pull out wipes from center to use.
  • If they begin to dry out, add more water or cleaning solution as necessary.

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