Be it the expectation for a better and safe disinfecting solution or the thought to save your hard-earned money by excluding disinfecting wipes available at the market, homemade disinfecting wipes answers both the scenes together.
The need for disinfecting wipes almost took a J-curve with Covid 19 coming into the picture. After all, it’s about the safety of us and our loved ones, so there can’t be any point to compromise on hygiene.
It’s not only about saving some fortune but also with homemade wipes you are pretty sure of the ingredients which give you a sense of safety. Adding more to this, you also contribute towards the environment as you exclude paper and use cloth instead.
Once you go through this guide, be assured that market-bought disinfecting wipes are going to be history for you. Keep reading!
DIY Reusable Disinfecting Wipes
Let’s introduce you to some DIY reusable cleaning wipes which can be easily made at home. Mentioned below are the three simple steps before we jump into the recipes.
Steps and Required Materials
Fetch pieces of t-shirts that aren’t in use or any other cloth so that they can be laundered and used again.
Container to be used
Make sure you select a non-metallic container for this purpose. Cans and jars made out of metal can make your procedure messy. They are prone to rust which gets transferred to your wiping cloth. You can imagine what would be the result when you use that cloth, right?
The lid should fit well enough to avoid your homemade wipes from drying off. Here are some ideas which you can convert to a container.
- Containers used to store cereal
- Plastic lid gallon-sized jar
- Glass mason jars
- Food containers made of plastic (Do wash them thoroughly before use)
Choose a solution as per your requirement
Now, there are different recipes which we have mentioned below but it’s quite obvious that all the ingredients might not be handy to you. Be it making disinfectant wipes with alcohol or a cleaning solution for using after meals, we got you covered. Ready? Let’s begin with the recipes.
Baby wipes recipe – the gentle ones
Looking to fight diaper rash as well as to soothe baby’s skin? Yes, being a parent we can’t see them having such rashes. Make sure you use a soft cloth. This recipe is a homemade replacement for diaper wipes.
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tablespoon of baby shampoo
- 1 roll paper towel
- ¼ cup of aloe vera gel
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 3 drops of tea tree essential oils
Mix all the ingredients well. Dip the cloth inside the solution and let it absorb and get saturated. The solution for everyday baby wipes is ready!
Homemade Disinfecting wipes for different surfaces
It’s not just our skin that needs disinfecting but also surfaces of our kitchen and bathroom. Homemade solutions are safe enough for wiping off infectant present on natural stone surfaces like marble, granite, etc.
Keep in mind that disinfecting and cleaning are two different practices. Before you proceed to perform disinfecting, make sure that you clean the surfaces else the efficiency will get minimized.
- A cup of water
- 1 cup 70% rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
- 7-8 drops of tea tree oil
- ½ tablespoon liquid dish detergent
Put your wiping cloth inside a container and pour the well-mixed solution into it. As this solution contains alcohol, don’t use it near open flames.
If you have pets at home, avoid using tea tree oil. You can use peppermint, lavender, or lemon as a replacement as per your preference. The 70% rubbing alcohol shouldn’t be replaced by 90% as it evaporates in a much lesser time and as a result, lacks to deliver standard results.
Homemade Clorox Disinfecting Wipes – The effective one
Clorox wipe recipe is competitive enough for many other products available in the local market. It got the potential to remove grease as well which somehow, aloe vera and essential oils might fail to do.
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol
- 1 tablespoon dawn dish soap
- 2 tablespoon ammonia
Prepare the mixture and pour the same over the cloth which you will be using as wipes. Use these homemade cleaning wipes as and when required.
Homemade antibacterial wipes – the natural remedy
Be it your home or traveling somewhere, hand cleaning wipes have become an essential thing to carry with just the way we carry our wallet. Not just because of the pandemic, sometimes it’s not practical to perform just regular hand washing.
Of course, a sink is not always available outdoors for performing hand cleaning. To help you stay away from germs and sickness, it’s the wipes that can be a savior. Here’s how to make it.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Essential oil as per your choice
- Paper towels
- A homemade lotion
Stir the homemade lotion and rubbing alcohol in equal proportions along with 20 drops of essential oil that you choose. Mix it to the best of your effort. Pour the solution over the cut paper towel and let it soak the liquid.
Here you go! You are ready to use it anywhere and anytime. This DIY hand sanitizer wipes are effective enough and don’t let your skin dry out even after repeated use.
Homemade “Lysol” Disinfecting Wipes – Astonishing when merged with alcohol
All of us know the effect of alcohol in terms of disinfecting. By adding it to your Clorox and Lysol wipes, you give life to your disinfectant wipe and on the other hand, kill those germs.
- 3 cups of 70% Isopropyl alcohol
- ¾ teaspoon of Hydrogen peroxide
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
- 15 drops of clove essential oil
- 5 drops each of rosemary and eucalyptus radiate essential oil
- 10 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil
The steps remain the same as others; it’s the ingredients that make the difference. Mix and form a solution to pour in the container which holds your cloth or paper wipes. You are ready to fight now!
The best thing about this recipe is that you can use it almost everywhere around your home. Make sure that the surfaces to which you are going to apply disinfecting wipes on aren’t very dirty. If it is, use sustainable all-purpose wipes for cleaning for the best results.
Do the Homemade Disinfectant Wipes Work as Good As The Ones Available in the Market?
Homemade disinfectant wipes are not only darn convenient, but they are extremely effective! In fact, they are far better than the commercial wipes. Homemade disinfectant wipes are not wasteful like commercial ones. You don’t need to toss them in the trash. Besides, they are eco-friendly, or in other words, they cause no harm to the environment.
Apart from that, homemade disinfectant wipes come with all the goodness of the commercial wipes but they don’t carry the toxicity that the commercial ones do. They don’t contain any of the harmful chemicals used in the commercial wipes. Besides, homemade wipes are bleach-free, assuring a hundred percent wellness of the skin.
To keep it simple, you can say that homemade disinfectant wipes work and they work even better than commercial ones. Natural yet effective cleaning agents like vinegar, sal suds, alcohol, and detergent award homemade wipes with the ultimate power of making any surface germ and residue-free. Besides, you don’t need to take out a lot of bucks from your pocket to prepare homemade wipes.
Hope this helps and you’ve found the given information useful enough! Start making disinfectant wipes at home today and keep your bundles of joys and loved ones free from unwanted ailments.