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Make cleaning a breeze without all those harsh chemicals. Make your own homemade cleaning wipes at a fraction of the cost of store-bought brands!
Homemade Cleaning Wipes
We are getting into that time of year where germs are everywhere, cold and flu season. I’ve always been a fan of the ease of products like Clorox Wipes 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 your own homemade lysol wipes either! Learn how to make your own cleaning cloths with this easy picture tutorial.
How to Make Your Own Cleaning Cloths
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. You can also easily find them at the dollar store or order them with Subscribe and Save on Amazon.
Using a bread knife, carefully cut the roll of paper towels in half.
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Remove the cardboard from the center of the towels and pull out the middle paper towel.
Pull the toweling 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.
Pour in a cup of your favorite cleaner. It can be homemade or store bought, but you’ll just want to make sure you use an all-purpose cleaner.
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Let the container sit in the container with the cleaner for a little bit so that the toweling can soak up the cleaner. After at least 30 minutes, flip the container over to soak the other side so the towels so they get fully soaked through.
–You can save the other half of the paper towel roll for the next batch of homemade cleaning wipes or you can use it to make some Homemade Baby Wipes.
Since the homemade cleaner I used on these made the cleaner cost minimal, I really spent just $0.20 on these DIY cleaning wipes. That’s a much better price than what these cost in the store and they are non toxic!
You can use the towels as needed and just like you would use store-bought cleaning wipes. If they start to 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 also make your own cleaning cloths using 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 to grab at a moment’s notice.
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Do you already make your own cleaners? Have you ever tried to make these cleaning wipes?
This post on Homemade Cleaning Wipes was originally published on Little House Living in October 2012. It has been updated as of October 2019.