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I am a huge fan of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. I used them all the time until I realized you could make them yourself. They are just so convenient but I must admit they aren’t the cheapest things in the world. Having two active boys there is always something to disinfect and clean around the home.
From kitchen counters, doorknobs, and now even packages that come in the mail almost everything needs disinfecting thanks to the coronavirus. Wiping so many things SO many times a day uses a lot of wipes.
I went threw a container of around 80 cleaning wipes in a week and a half or so. Wipe the kitchen table. A wipe in the trash. Clean the counters. A wipe in the trash. Times three times a day (plus all the million other things that need-a-wiping) equals a lot of unnecessary trash.
While spending $12 or so a month on cleaning wipes isn’t completely outrageous spending money on something that is reusable is much more attractive. Plus, saving money is always nice!
Making your own disinfecting wipes is very easy and produces a lot less trash than the store-bought versions.
1. Buy a pack of reusable cloths
In the past, I used anti-microbial rayon cloths which have a similar texture of Clorox wipes. You can find these in the cleaning aisle of the grocery store or sometimes hanging near the paper towels.
However, over time, I found these cloths fuzzed up and got kind of gross with rewashing. Now I use Flour Sack Dish Towels. They wash nicely and one towel can be cut up into many rags since each measures 28 X 28 in.
If you do as much laundry as I do throwing in a few extra wipes is no biggie.
2. Buy a bottle of your favorite multi-surface disinfectant
If you are a Sam’s Club Member, we like to buy the Member’s Mark Commercial Disinfectant Cleaner. It’s 128 oz for less than $7! It’s a concentrate so it lasts forever.
Unless you are using this for mopping a bottle of cleaner will last a very long time.
I make a gallon of the solution at a time and just stored the extra in a milk jug. Label the jug ‘Disinfectant Solution’ and keep it under the sink with the other cleaning supplies.
3. Rustle Up a Container
Being a huge fan of Clorox Wipes I just saved one of their containers to put my homemade wipes in once I decided to make the switch to my homemade wipes. You can also use an old baby wipe container or just a regular piece of Tupperware to store your wipes.
Mason jars would work too!
My husband sometimes complains that the Clorox wipe container is too small for his hands to go into since my homemade wipes can’t be threaded like the Clorox wipes. So if you have a helper husband you may want to use a container he can stick his big “manly” hands in.
4. Put It All Together
To make your homemade disinfecting wipes just place the cloths in a container with enough disinfectant solution to saturate them.
As the cloths come out clean from the dryer I save them till I finish all the wipes and then just redo the process. To keep them from getting lost in the laundry, I wash and dry them in Mesh Laundry Bags.
Wipe. Wash. Reuse.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy as my son would say. Happy cleaning, guys!
What is your favorite cleaning product? Are you into green cleaning?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.