These homemade reusable antibacterial wipes are the perfect solution for an economical, low-cost, and non-toxic cleaning solution around the home.
I noticed we use a lot of paper towel and wipes in our household and in my mission to be frugal and reduce our grocery bill I am trying to find cheaper alternatives, like using my own homemade all purpose cleaner. Over the past few months I have been using reusable homemade antibacterial wipes, although I do still use the disposable variety for cleaning the toilets. These have been fantastic to have on hand for wiping up spills in the kitchen, to grabbing a cloth and doing a quick clean of light switches, or wiping up dust while on the phone (I can’t sit still when chatting on the phone).
Reusable Antibacterial Wipes Can Be Used For:
The uses really are endless for these wipes. I call them my miracle wipes as they clean just about everything. I used a wipe recently to clean one of my kid’s formal school hats – it got all the dirt out and I didn’t have to take it to the dry cleaners!
- floor spills
- bench tops
- stove top
- skirting boards
- clean taps
- light switches
- cleaning toddlers face and hands after eating
- and so much more
Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes
When I first started making these I used a large airtight glass jar from The Reject Shop and Sabco All Purpose Microfibre Cloths found at Woolworths (or you could be even more frugal and use old t-shirts), plus my own antibacterial solution. This only held 6-8 wipes though and I was using them far too quickly!
I now double the solution and use a decor container that I fill with a pack of microfibre clothes I bought at Bunnings (a pack of 20 was $10.98). This gives me spares so when I have some dirty in the washing basket, I have a pile of clean ones ready to refill the container.
Creating these antibacterial wipes is simple! I roll up the cloths, place in the container and pour the liquid mix (recipe below) over the cloths. When I need to use them I pick out a cloth, wring out as much liquid as I can, use it, rinse and then put in the laundry to go through my usual kitchen linen wash.
You will need to mix the following into a jug to make the liquid:
WATER – I used cooled water from the kettle
VINEGAR – mild disinfectant, cuts through grease, de-scaler, glass cleaner
DETERGENT – will help lift dirt and grime. Preferably PH neutral, colour free, fragrance free and septic tank safe. You can find at your local supermarket, Earth Choice, Fragrance-Free Morning Fresh (ph neutral) and ecostore.
LAVENDER OIL – is well known for its natural antibacterial properties, available in our shop here.
ANOTHER ESSENTIAL OIL – for those that are not fond of the lavender scent (me!!) add an additional few drops of your favourite essential oil. I love the Grapefruit Pure Essential Oil, it has such a refreshing scent.
AIRTIGHT CONTAINER – I use a Decor 4L container
LABEL – so everyone in your home knows where to find them, available in my shop here.
Store your wipes out of the sunlight. I keep mine under the sink, see how I organise under my kitchen sink here.
SINK TIDY – pictured above – Keep your kitchen sink organised and clutter-free with this space-saving sink tidy that helps give you more space under your sink (or keep on top of the sink tidy) and helps you to air your sponges and brushes with fewer germs. When washing up, the Sink Tidy will keep sponges and washing up liquid together in one convenient place. Sink tidy is available in my shop here.
YOU WILL NEED
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 12 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops of your favourite essential oil
- 2 teaspoons detergent
- Micro-fibre cloths
- Large airtight container
- Place cloths into large jar
- In a jug combine water, vinegar, essential oil and detergent, mix to combine
- Pour liquid over cloths
- Seal jar
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