Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

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Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Disinfecting wipes are fabulous for scrubbing away grime and killing germs but they can also do a number on your wallet.  In an effort to cut back on cost and chemicals I found and a DIY Homemade Disinfecting Wipes Recipe.  This is an old recipe from back before DIY was an acronym and when “do it yourself” was a way of life.  I found this recipe in an old, nearly falling apart, recipe book a church put together decades ago.  My mom gave it to me a few years back and I can’t remember where she told me she got it from.  The front cover is torn off so I can’t even read what church it was from.  I love old tried and true recipes, don’t you?

Now on with the wipes!


– A large size old disinfecting wipes container {or  you could use a storage container with a hole cut in the top as the book suggests – I’ll take the easy route!}
Electric knife {or any fancy saw of your choosing}
– Roll of paper towels
Measuring cups



– Choose a good thick paper towel that will hold up well while pulling it through the dispenser and for scrubbing purposes.  My favorite for this project is the Viva Vantage paper towels.  They’re strong, stretchable, and they’ll get the job done.

– Leave the paper towel plastic wrapper on if you bought the individual rolls, if not, you can skip this step, it’s no big deal.  Use the electric knife to cut your paper towels in half {horizontally}.  Remove the wrapper if applicable and sit your roll down inside the empty disinfecting wipes container.

– Mix 1/2 cup of Pine-Sol and 2 1/2 cups of water.

– Pour your cleaning solution to fill your wipes container and allow to soak overnight.

– Remove the lid and carefully pull out the cardboard tube from the center of your wipes.  Now find the center paper towel where the tube had been and carefully pull that up and thread it through the lid of the container.


UPDATE: If you want a natural homemade disinfecting wipe recipe you can try this recipe that our reader Lorrie so kindly recommended.

Instead use 1 cup vinegar, 15 drops of oregano oil, and 1 tsp dish soap. Add water to the mix (about 1 1/2 cups depending on the container size, and pour over your towels.

With all the cleaning power that rubbing alcohol has been discovered to have lately it might be a good idea to substitute some of that water with rubbing alcohol.


That’s all there is to it!  I hope you’ll give these homemade disinfecting wipes a try.  If you do be sure and stop back by here and let me know how you liked them!