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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DIY Disinfecting Wipes

Disinfecting wipes are handy for quick cleaning jobs, but they can be pricey, as well as loaded with unnecessary chemicals. You may be surprised at the ingredients list on the back of a popular brand.

  • Water
  • Substrate
  • Hexoxyethanol - Can cause severe skin burns and eye damage.
  • Alkyl C12-18 Dimethylbenzyl Ammonium Chloride - Can cause asthma, allergies and respiratory problems.
  • Alkyl C12-14 Dimethylethylbenzyl Ammonium Chloride - Can cause asthma, allergies and respiratory problems.
  • C12-14 Alcohols Ethoxylated Propoxylated - Can cause asthma, allergies and respiratory problems.
  • Citric Acid
  • Fragrance - Toxic fragrance chemicals linked to hormone disruption, cancer, asthma, allergies, neurotoxicity.
  • Isopropanol
  • Sodium Bicarbonate

So whats a person to do? Make their own of course. It's not hard to do, and can save you loads of money.

Normally I make these at home with old rags, and store them in a repurposed plastic coffee can. But since my family and I are about to depart on a 5 month trip to Florida, living in a 28 foot RV with no washer or dryer on board, I'll be using disposable wipes during that time. It's the same cleaning solution I use at home, I'm just replacing the rags with paper towels.

It takes just 3 simple ingredients to make these wipes, plus a roll of paper towels. The rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant and really shines faucets, while Dawn cuts through grease and dirt. The towels are cut in half so the savings really add up since you're getting two batches from one roll of paper towels. Make sure the paper towels are a good quality brand though, the cheap kind will fall apart when you try to pull them from the container.

DIY Disinfecting Wipes


1 cup of water
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
1 teaspoon Dawn dish soap (the blue one)
1 roll of good quality white paper towels, cut in half or thirds crosswise (I use Viva)
1 bowl with a lid that the paper towels will fit in (an empty and clean plastic coffee can, or old disinfecting wipes container works well too).


Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
Using a hole punch, sharp knife or scissors, carefully make a small hole in the center of the lid.
Put one of the cut rolls of paper towels in the container.
Carefully pour the solution over the paper towels and down into the center of the roll. Cover with the lid and let set for 30 minutes.
Remove the lid and pull the cardboard roll out of the middle of the towels. (It should come out easily) Thread the first center towel through the container lid, and replace lid on container. You are ready to clean.

*Notes: This is an all-purpose cleaner, and can be used in the kitchen or bathroom for quick clean-ups.

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