We are getting into that time of year, cold and flu season. I’ve always been a fan of the ease of Clorox or Lysol Wipes just to have easily on hand to wipe down doorknobs, handles, and other frequently touched surfaces. But since we’ve moved on from toxic cleaners and started making homemade cleaners and using natural cleaners, we got rid of all the store bought wipes we had.
Now I know it’s not that hard just to grab a spray bottle of cleaner and wipe down those surfaces but if you want cleaning wipes, it turns out that it’s not that hard to make them!
Start with a roll of paper towels. I don’t normally purchase paper towels since we use all cloth but I grabbed this at a local discount store for $0.40 for the roll. Using a bread knife, cut the roll in half.
Remove the cardboard from the center of the towels and pull out the middle paper towel.
Pull the towelling up from the middle of the roll.
Place the roll inside an old container, plastic bag, or whatever can be air-tight to seal the moisture in.
Add in a cup of your favorite cleaner. It can be homemade or store bought. Use an all-purpose cleaner.
Let the container sit for a bit so the toweling can soak up the cleaner. After at least 30 minutes, flip over the container to soak the other side so the towels get full soaked. Save the other half of the roll of the next batch. Since the cleaner cost was minimal I paid just $0.20 for this project. That’s a much better price than what these cost in the store!
Use the towels as needed and just like you would use store bought cleaning wipes. If they dry out slightly you may need to add in a little water to re-soak the towels.
Now if you really want to stay away from disposable towels you can do this same idea but with cloth rags. Just stick all the rags in a bag or container just as you would the towels to keep them moist and ready at a moments notice.
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Do you already make your own cleaners? Have you ever tried to make these cleaning wipes?