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 Kat’s Cleaning Spray. For the past decade I have been using my reusable homemade antibacterial wipes. They have saved me so much money and most importantly less contribution to landfill compared to disposable wipes.

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
  • dusting
  • stove top
  • sink
  • microwave
  • skirting boards
  • fridge
  • clean taps
  • light switches
  • cleaning toddlers face and hands after eating
  • wall
  • and so much more

REUSABLE HOMEMADE ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES

Creating these antibacterial wipes is simple! I fold the microfibre cloths in half, then thirds and place them in the container which fits 12-15. Next pour over my own antibacterial solution (the miracle mix) over the cloths, find the recipe below. When I need to use them I pick out a cloth, replace the lid, clean the surface, rinse the cloth, hang over my laundry sink to dry, then put the cloth in my dirty linens basket to put through my usual kitchen linen wash. Wash – reuse – repeat. 

The amount of wipes I make usually lasts me a week. I have never found them to ever go mouldy. I live on the Gold Coast, QLD which can get quite humid at times. I recently tested the wipes, keeping them in the container for 3 weeks… they didn’t go mouldy!

You will need to mix the following into a jug to make the antibacterial mix liquid:

WATER: I use cooled water from the kettle

VINEGAR: Vinegar is an extremely versatile product. Don’t be put off by the odour – I promise you it will disappear in a few minutes. It is effective at dissolving grease and removing dirt, plus it has some disinfectant properties.

DETERGENT: Will help lift dirt and grime. Preferably use a mild dishwashing detergent like Koala Eco Natural Dish Soap, which has is non toxic, kills 99.9% germs, has no phosphates, ammonia, chlorine or synthetic chemicals.

LAVENDER OIL:  Is well known for its natural antibacterial properties, available 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 use Lemon Essential Oil it has such a refreshing scent.

Then using the following to put it all together:

AIRTIGHT CONTAINER:  To store the wipes in and keep them from drying out. I use this Stackable Container.  

MICROFIBRE CLOTHS: Use a machine washable, high-grade microfibre cloth. It will provide an all-purpose clean because they can do a bit of everything – wiping, dusting, absorbing spills, stainless steel, windows etc. 

LABEL:  The container, so everyone in your home knows where to find them.

Store your wipes out of the sunlight. I keep mine under the sink, see how I organise under my kitchen sink here.

SINK TIDY – 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. Shop sink tidy here

CLEAR DRAWERS – Keep everything tidy and organised, ideal for sponges, clean cloths and dishwasher tablets. Shop stackable drawers here.

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Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

These homemade reusable antibacterial wipes are the perfect solution for an economical, low-cost, and non-toxic cleaning solution around the home.

  • Author: Katrina – The Organised Housewife

Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  1. Place cloths into large container
  2. In a jug combine water, vinegar, essential oil and detergent, mix to combine
  3. Pour liquid over cloths
  4. Seal container

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