Homemade Cleaning Wipes? You betcha!

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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


Hydrogen peroxide

Distilled water

Essential oils

Seriously …

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!

Interested in labels for your homemade cleaning wipes container? We’ve got some beautiful ones just for you right here  You cn print on label paper or regular old paper and use clear packing tape to attach. They are easily sized to fit whatever container you’re using. And if you’d like to do our simple Kitchen & Bath Cleaning Makeover, head here for the free download.

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Homemade cleaning wipes: all purpose and window cleaning

You’ll be shocked at how easy and quick this recipe is – and how effective the wipes are to use in replacement of those store bought ones (that we can never find!).  Tweak the recipe for the size of container you have, and the wipes you are using – so simple and inexpensive, this is one recipe set you don’t want to miss out on.


All-purpose wipes:

2 cups isopropyl alcohol or vodka

1 cup distilled water

2 tsp hydrogen peroxide

20 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops clove essential oil

10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops melaleuca essential oil

5 drops rosemary essential oil


Glass wipes:

2 cups of 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!

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2 Responses

  1. oooh! I have all these ingredients on hand! Yay! I might leave out the essential oils though because I never know which ones are cat safe. Have you ever tried flavoring this mix more naturally by letting it sit for a week or two with some lemon and orange peels or some pine needles? I wonder if that would work too! Thanks for all the ideas! 😀

    1. You certainly can leave out the oils – though they do add some cleaning umph so using infused vinegar would be amazing for the all purpose wipes. We have a post about it too. Soaking a whole sliced lemon makes the vinegar have grease cutting and whitening power!!

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