Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Maybe you are having a hard time finding disinfecting wipes in the stores these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is an easy recipe my mother shared with me for making Homemade Disinfecting Wipes.  Bonus, you probably already have all the materials at home to make them.  Here is what you will need.

Materials Used – Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Some sort of air tight container to hold the wipes
Paper Towels, or you could use napkins
Rubbing Alcohol (I had 97% in my house, you need at least 71%)
Dawn Dish Soap
Optional – Essential Oils (I used lemongrass)

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Step 1 in making Homemade Disinfecting Wipes…

Cut your paper towel roll in half using a serrated knife or scissors.  I unraveled one side and added it to the other, and then put the roll into my container.  I used an Oxo container from my pantry that wasn’t being used.  You can use whatever you have on hand.

Step 2…

This is the formula that I used…

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup alcohol (I had 91% in my house, you need at least 71%)
1/2 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap
Add 10-15 drops of Essential Oils (I used lemongrass)

Essential oils are a natural disinfectant.  Other good essential oils combo include…
Peppermint & Tea Tree
Lemongrass & Lavender
Lavender & Rosemary
Geranium & Lime
Tea Tree & Orange

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Mix thoroughly then pour the mixture right over the paper towels.  I left the center roll in and was able to pull it out after waiting a minute or two, or when it was wet enough to just pull right out.

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

That is it!  Once done, put on a label (optional) and enjoy!  I like to put some of these in a ziplock baggie when I go grocery shopping to disinfect the grocery cart, my hands, my steering wheel or whatever needs disinfecting.

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes


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