DIY: Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

When I found myself using my kids wet wipes to clean our base boards, I knew I needed a more economical cleaning solution. My first solution is to use a rag with cleaner, rags are reusable and thus more economical, but I really do like the convenience of wipes. So, I set out on a mission to make homemade cleaning wipes. And let me tell you, it’s so easy!

What You Need
Plastic container like Tupperware or some other kind of storage container. You’ll need one big enough to fit half of a papertowel holder in it. Chances are you have one in your pantry. I know I have about a dozen.

Extra-large roll of paper towels (get a good quality one)
Measuring cups
Cleaner (recipe below)
Knife or electric knife

What To Do
Take your knife and cut the whole roll in half.
Take the cardboard holder out of one and place it in your storage container. Save the other half for later.
Now you are ready to make your cleaning solution.

My recipe
3 parts water to 1 part any anti-bacterial solution such as Pine-sol or my favorite Lysol cleaner which I usually find for less than $2 at Target. Start with making around 3 cups water with 1 cup cleaner. It all depends on how absorbent your paper towels are.

Pour into your paper towels making sure you get them wet, but not soaking.

Now your wipes are done! You now just have to put a hole in your lid just big enough a paper towel to go through, but small enough that you don’t dry your wipes out. You’ll want to make sure you start pulling from the middle on your paper towel roll or they won’t come out properly.

Have you ever made your own cleaning wipes? Was it worth it?


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