Using those expensive, store-bought cleaning wipes to clean surfaces around your home can get rather pricey. But not anymore, because today I am going to show you how to make inexpensive, SUPER EASY Homemade Cleaning Wipes at home with a few simple ingredients!
The Convenience of using Cleaning Wipes
We all know as busy housewives, how easy it is to just whip out a handy cleaning wipe or a disinfecting wipe to clean surfaces in our homes.
Especially those dirty areas like the bathrooms, or the kitchen countertops after cooking or dealing with raw meat.
I get it!
It’s not always convenient to whip out a bucket of water with a homemade (or store-bought) cleaning solution, a few rags, and start wiping away.
We want quick and easy!
So today, this post right here is going to teach you how to make your own DIY cleaning wipes for a fraction of the cost of store-bought disinfectant wipes.
Easy DIY Cleaning Wipes At Home
Making homemade cleaning wipes is actually really simple, and only requires a few household ingredients.
Now, there are a bunch of homemade disinfecting wipes recipes out there using different ingredients such as white vinegar (which you all know how much I love using infused vinegar for cleaning), rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), castile soap, grain alcohol, essential oils… you name it.
For the recipe I made, I chose to use the rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) version for disinfecting purposes.
**DISCLAIMER NOTE: I cannot say or claim whether these homemade cleaning/disinfecting wipes can kill germs or bacteria such as COVID, Salmonella, and others. This recipe is just for the run-of-mill dirt and grime, but they might be beneficial for disinfecting away germs and bacteria. **
Are Homemade Disinfecting Wipes Safe?
Well, in short, the answer is, yes.
Because these DIY cleaning wipes are made with a few household ingredients that are all safe for the skin to touch (distilled water, rubbing alcohol/isopropyl alcohol, dish soap, and essential oils), I would have to say that these wipes are indeed a lot safer than using Clorox wipes/ bleach wipes or Lysol wipes, which have bleach and other chemicals that aren’t great for your skin to touch.
How Effective are Homemade Cleaning Wipes?
I’ve been using our DIY wipes for cleaning our kitchen surfaces and cleaning the bathroom toilets, vanity countertops, etc. and they have been working out great!
Esepcially because of the isopropyl alcohol and essential oils in the cleaning solution, I feel like these homemade wipes really get the job done!
What do you use for the “wipes” in this super easy homemade cleaning wipes recipe?
If you want disposable cleaning wipes, you will be using a roll of paper towels cut in half. This is what we used in our homemade wipes. I highly recommend getting the paper towel roll that has the 1/4 perforated edges for smaller paper towel wipes (like these), aka, less waste!
If you want reusable wipes, you can use microfiber cloths, washcloths, an old t-shirt cut into cloth sizes, or any other cloth.
Once the reusable cleaning wipes are used, just wash and dry them before adding them back to the jar of homemade cleaning solution.
What container should I use for these homemade cleaning wipes?
You can get creative here.
I’ve seen people reuse the actual Lysol or Clorox wipe containers (cleaned out first!), a large plastic coffee canister (think, Folgers), or you can use a larger plastic or glass container with a lid.
Basically, you just need something large enough to fit the paper towel roll (cut in half) in, and you’ll need an airtight lid.
I bought a glass jar at my local Hobby Lobby at 50% off.
How to make these Super Easy, Homemade Cleaning Wipes at Home
You’ll first want to gather your ingredients for the homemade cleaner.
Ingredients for this homemade cleaning wipes recipe:
4 cups Distilled Water
2 cup Isopropyl Alcohol (at least 70-91% concentration)
2 Tablespoon of dish soap (I used Dawn)
1 Roll of Paper towels (cut in half)
Mix the homemade cleaning solution for your homemade wipes
In a large mixing bowl, add the 4 cups of distilled water and two cups of isopropyl alcohol together.
Next, add in your two tablespoons of dish soap. I used Dawn Platinum.
Mix together slowly, as to not create a lot of bubbles.
Lastly, add in your drops of essential oils for fragrance, stir again, and viola, your cleaning solution is done for the wipes!
Cutting the paper towel roll in half
Next, you’ll want to take your roll of paper towels and cut it in half.
I used a serrated knife to get this job done.
Once the paper towel roll is cut in half, you’ll want to remove the cardboard roll from the center by gently pressing your fingers around it to release it from the paper towel roll, and then pulling it out.
Making your Homemade Cleaning Wipes
Now that you have your homemade cleaning solution made, and the paper towel roll cut in half, you are going to add your paper towel roll (or reusable cleaning cloths) to your container of choice.
** I had to remove a few paper towels get mine to fit in.**
Next, pour the homemade cleaning wipes solution carefully over your paper towels in the canister.
And your super easy, homemade disinfectant wipes are done!
NOTE: If you have some extra cleaning solution left over, pour the leftovers in a spray bottle to use as a quick, homemade disinfecting spray!
Printable Homemade Cleaning Wipes Recipe
- Container with lid
- Paper Towel Roll (cut in half)
- 4 Cups Distilled Water
- 2 Cups Rubbing Alcohol (isopropyl alcohol, 70%-90% concentration)
- 2 Tablespoons Dish Soap (I used Dawn Platinum)
- 10-30 Drops Essential oils (optional) I used lemon, rosemary and Purify dOterra
- In a large mixing bowl, add the 4 cups of distilled water and two cups of isopropyl alcohol together. Stir carefully.
- Next, add in your two tablespoons of dish soap. I used Dawn Platinum. Mix together slowly, as to not create a lot of bubbles.
- Add in your drops of essential oils for fragrance, stir again, and viola, your cleaning solution is done for the wipes!
- Cut your paper towel roll in half. Remove cardboard center.
- Place 1/4 paper towel roll (or reusable cloths if going that route) into a container with a lid.
- Pour solution over the "wipes" and your homemade cleaning wipes are done!
How to use these super easy homemade cleaning wipes
The trick here is to pull the paper towel out from the center, and as you pull, the paper towel will naturally break off at the perforated lines.
Take out one wet wipe, and wipe your surfaces clean!