DIY: Reusable Disinfectant Homemade Wipes

I used to be that mom that bought paper towels and disinfectant wipes in bulk. We’d use them as fast I could buy them. I finally decided that there had to be a better way. For a while now I’ve been making homemade natural cleaners. I also keep a stack of special cloths reserved for cleaning. Put the two together, and you have reusable disinfectant wipes that are safe, natural and inexpensive. (I love all of those things!) These reusable disinfectant wipes are seriously life-changing — in the best way possible.

DIY natural disinfectant wipes | For the wipes, all you need is a little natural dish soap, distilled white vinegar and essential oils. (The tea tree makes them antimicrobial; the other oils are more for scent.)

You can use several different materials for the wipes themselves: old t-shirts, socks, reusable cleaning cloths or dishcloths. I bought some inexpensive dishcloths at a discount store. They are a great size and I love that they have a little bit of texture for when I need to scrub something. I’ve also used flour sack towels and old ankle socks. The method is plain and simple: Juse mix up the solution in a wide-mouth jar or bowl and dip the cloths into the solution, squeeze out the excess, and roll them up and store in a jar. If you want, you can also store the liquid in a separate jar and dip the cloths in as needed rather than doing it ahead of time.

DIY natural disinfectant wipes | I use these for every room of the house. When I moved recently, I pulled them out to use for cleaning every surface I could think of: walls, floors, cabinets, cupboards, baseboards, etc. These are the best wipes ever! You’ll never go back to store-bought after using them. Plus, everything smells so fresh and clean. Total win!

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Essential Oil Disinfectant Wipes
Completely natural essential oil reusable wipes made with three simple ingredients.
  • 3 teaspoons natural liquid soap (not castile soap)
  • 50-75 drops essential oils - tea tree, lavender, peppermint, orange
  • 3 cups vinegar or citrus-infused vinegar
  • Reuable cloths, old t-shirt squares, etc.
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl or jar and stir or shake well.
  2. Add the cloths to the bowl and allow them to soak up the solution. Squeeze excess from the cloths.
  3. Roll up and store in a jar. Wash used cloths and repeat process.


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  1. says

    Hi! I have just come across your site and am very interested in making these reusable wipes. could you please steer me to a site or 2 to purchase natural liquid soap that is not also castile soap. I can’t seem to find (or maybe recognize) any.

    Thanks so much,

  2. Rita Lavin says

    Hi, I like to have disinfectant wipes in every room in the house, but recently I have been thinking about the enviroment as I´m spending som much wipes and through away. And then I stumble upon your article :) Thank you!

  3. Lynn says

    This is a truly great idea for me. I will get the dishcloths but cut one cloth down to 3 or 4 to accommodate my particular cleaning style. (I am still going to need a few paper towels as I have a house full of animals.) I also love the natural scenting of these; I am concerned about the safety of fragrances used commercially. My best instinct tells me these scents are problematic to good health, to say the least. I’m trying hard to be greener, safer and to think globally in the things I do. I don’t want it to be just about ‘me’, so I appreciate this article a great deal.

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