If you want to keep your precious supply of Clorox wipes or Lysol wipes for the areas of the house that get the most germs, then it could be a good idea to make your own cleaning wipes for the rest of the house.
While these cleaning wipes are not proven to kill the coronavirus specifically, they are a good budget-friendly alternative to use for cleaning the majority of your house.
We’ve listed three different options, depending on what products you have access to. The first recipe assumes you do not have access to rubbing alcohol or liquid disinfectant. The second and third recipes assume that you do.
Materials Needed for All Recipes:
For the actual wipes, you’re going to need a resealable container like an old wipes container, or a repurposed coffee canister with a plastic lid. You can use a heavy-duty roll of paper towel or you can choose the more eco-friendly version and purchase heavy-duty shop towels or thin micro-fibre cloths. These cloths can be thrown into a washing load with your usual kitchen linens.
If you are using a container with a plastic lid, you can puncture a hole in the middle of the lid to feed the cloths or paper towel through it one at a time. Note that this option might cause the cloths to dry faster as the container will no longer be fully sealed.
Recipe 1 with Vinegar:
- 1 cup water (preferably boiled water that has been cooled)
- 1 cup vinegar (is a mild disinfectant, cuts through grease and acts as a deodorizer)
- 2 teaspoons dish detergent (used to remove dirt and grime)
- 12 drops lavender oil (anecdotal evidence that this is an antibacterial)
Recipe 2 with Disinfectant Cleaner:
- 2 cups water (preferably boiled water that has been cooled)
- ½ cup of disinfectant cleaner (Clorox bleach, Pine-Sol, etc)
- 2 teaspoons of dish detergent (used to remove dirt and grime)
Recipe 3 with Rubbing Alcohol:
- 1/4 cup water (preferably boiled water that has been cooled)
- ½ cup vinegar (is a mild disinfectant, cuts through grease and acts as a deodorizer)
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (preferable a 70% solution)
- 1 teaspoon dish detergent (used to remove dirt and grime)
Once you’ve mixed your recipes together, you place the wipes inside of your container and add the liquid mix. It’s as simple as that!
Make sure to use your disinfectant products on the most touched parts of the house like doorknobs, light switches and taps. Clean often and stay safe!