With flu season upon us, I thought this would be a could post to re-blog. It was originally published August, 2012 for cincysavers.com and this blog.
I don’t know about you but I can really go through those tubes of disinfecting wipes, which over time, can begin to add up! So when I went on my cleaning spree this past weekend, I hopped on Pinterest first to see if there were any alternative solutions or creative ideas for cleaning. I came across the idea of making your own disinfecting wipes. I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first, thinking the paper towels would tear, dry up or they just wouldn’t work. But, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and love using them!
Here’s how to make your own disinfecting wipes. I also provided recipes so you can create your own glass cleaner or a more natural cleaner using vinegar. I used Pine Sol because I had it and enjoy the fresh smell.
- Pine Sol or Vinegar (Recipes are at the bottom of this post for various types of cleaners you can create)
- Sturdy paper towels (I choose Bounty)
- Glad or Ziplock Container that is large enough to fit part of a paper towel roll in ( I found the Glad Designer Bowl at Target–Two for $2.99)
- Serrated Knife
- Something to cut a 1/2″ hole through plastic (I used a 1/2 inch drill bit- that worked well)
- Measuring cups
1. Cut your paper towel role length-wise so it will fit nicely in the plastic container you’ve selected. I used a large serrated knife and it cut through the paper towels just fine!
2. Next you will need to cut a hole in the top of the plastic lid so you can easily pull the paper towels or should I say, disinfecting wipes, out. I asked my husband for a 1/2″ drill bit and used that. But because the plastic you are cutting through is so thin, I think a knife or even sharp scissors will work just as well. Just be careful and use a cutting board.
3. Mix your desired solution.
Here are several recipes you can use:
Disinfectant Cleaning Recipe (this is the one I used):
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of pine cleaning solution such as Pine Sol
- 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 cup of water
General Cleaning Surface Recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Optional: A few drops of favorite scented essential oil to cut the vinegar smell
Window Glass Cleaning Recipe:
- 1/2 cup of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
[This post was originally posted August 2012.]