Easier than you think, these homemade cleaning wipes will replace the store bought version
Ready to cut costs and stop the never-ending search for those old reliable store-bought cleaning wipes? We’ve got you! Here is a recipe for both multi-purpose wipes and glass wipes – and how to use what you have to be eco-friendly, use less waste, and cut costs like you wouldn’t believe.
Let’s get to the nitty gritty. Two of our most motivating factors in this recipe are to decrease waste of all those plastic containers, and to provide a safer and effective cleaning alternative in our home, both to the environment and ourselves. Did we succeed? Oh yes! And this cost-cutting recipe helps end the search all over creation, when you can just make these amazing wipes at home.
Here’s what you need to make these homemade cleaning wipes:
Isopropyl (80% or higher) or vodka/everclear
Five things? Go stock up your cabinets and while I type up this recipe!! Best news is: using your own wipes by recycling old baby washcloths, cutting a flannel sheet or tee shirt into squares, or repurposing old dishtowels makes these so simple to keep stocked in your cupboard. Just wash and reuse!
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Homemade cleaning wipes: All Purpose & Window Cleaning
- All-Purpose Wipes
- 2 cups isopropyl alcohol or vodka
- 1 cup distilled water
- 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops clove essentail oil
- 10 drops eucalpytus essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- Glass Wipes
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Repurpose old baby washcloths, flannel sheets cut into squares, old tee shirts, dishtowels for the wipes. Or, you can remove the cardboard center of a roll of paper towels if you’d like them to be disposable. Use an old coconut oil container, a large mason jar, or even a reuse another container you were planning on recycling.
- Using a glass measuring cup or bowl with a spout, combine all liquid ingredients. Use a paper towel roll cut to the size of your container (make sure the container has a nice, tight lid) by first removing the cardboard center of the roll. Slide the papertowels into the empty container, and pour liquid over towels until well saturated. This takes a little trial and error to make sure they are saturated enough, without being too drippy. The nice thing is that if you wring out your towels as you use them, you can effectively save the mixture for another batch of towels if you’ve used too much. I have also found that using a dry, clean dishtowel or microfiber towel works well to use after wiping down a surface with the multipurpose or glass wipes to prevent streaking.
- When using fabric wipes – a 6 inch by 6 inch square works well. Pack the wipes into the container – don’t be afraid pack them tight. Pour liquid mixture over wipes. You can even invert the container for 12-24 hours if you’d like to help distribute the liquid throughout all the wipes in the container. Use and throw into a basket in your laundry room to be washed in a batch!