Inside: Want to easily clean and disinfect your home but can't find wipes? Check out how to make homemade disinfecting wipes with alcohol. They are easy and work great!
Normally I am all about just cleaning my house with some soap, water, and microfiber cloth.
But every once in a while when someone in the house is sick I like to use something a little stronger.
I like to use disinfecting wipes during this time just to make sure all the germs and viruses are killed off.
Back in February, I picked up a 4 pack of lysol wipes from Sams Club because my son was sick. I only ended using about half a pack and put the rest up.
However, since things have gotten kind of crazy lately I have noticed so many people can't find cleaning wipes.
At the suggestion of a few people, I decided to play around with my homemade lysol recipe and create a homemade disinfecting wipe too.
If you are having problems finding cleaning wipes check out this easy to make recipe for homemade disinfecting wipes.
Homemade Disinfecting Wipes
Normally with my lysol spray, I dilute it with water. However, if you are making these to combat the current virus going around you will want something pretty strong.
For that reason, I am using mostly rubbing alcohol in this recipe.
For the essential oils, I am not brand picky, but I do love Fabulous Frannie essential oils. I have noticed that they are just as good as the more expensive brands but cost much less. You can head over here to grab one of their gift sets or just buy one bottle. They are usually less than $5 a bottle.
You will also need a container to store them in. Either use a canning jar or an old wipes container. Use whatever works best for you!
Making Lysol Wipes
To start, add about 1 and 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to the container. Then, add in 15 drops of lemon essential oil followed by 15 drops of lavender essential oil.
To make the wipes I took 10 paper towel squares and cut them in half so I had a total of 20 "wipes".
Then, I placed them in the canning jar with the solution and put the lid on the jar.
If you are using a wipes container you may not need to cut the paper towels.
Give the container a few shakes and make sure that the paper towels get soaked by the rubbing alcohol solution.
That’s all you need to make the homemade disinfecting wipes.
Once you have used up all of the wipes you will probably still have some solution left in your container. If so just cut up some more paper towels and add them to the container.
I would suggest if possible to use 71% rubbing alcohol if you can get it. I have found that is what is currently recommended to kill off the viruses going around right now.
Also, just like with the store-bought bleach wipes you will want to be careful what surfaces you use them on.
They work great on most kitchen and bath surfaces but I would be careful before using them on wood or other surfaces. Always test in a small inconspicuous spot before using the homemade disinfecting wipes.
Also, you can make these more eco-friendly by using scraps of fabric, like an old t-shirt would be great.
Skip trying to find cleaning wipes in the store and instead make your own with these easy to make homemade disinfecting wipes.
Homemade Lysol Wipes
1 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
15 drops lemon essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
Container or Canning Jar
Add about 1 and 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to the container. Then, add in 15 drops of lemon essential oil followed by 15 drops of lavender essential oil.
Cut paper towels to fit in the container. Give the container a few shakes and make sure that the paper towels get soaked by the rubbing alcohol solution.
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