It’s a tough gig keeping the house tidy. That’s why I love my disinfectant wipes.
As a new mum, I’m addicted to the simplicity of cleaning the varied types of mess my kid has become an expert at making with one quick wipe and then straight into the bin it goes!
The problem? I’m throwing money away every time a gunk-stained wipe becomes garbage and it’s starting to add up. I’m told these wipes aren’t great for the environment either.
I recently discovered a nifty household shortcut to make your own disinfectant wipes, which I’m sure is going to save some cash and make me feel a bit greener too!
All you need are a few simple items you probably already have at home.
Spare cloths – I cut an old towel up into six repurposed cloths but you can use something like old clothing if you want.
A large glass storage container with a lid. See what you’ve got in your cupboards that can hold the wipes and the mixture but make sure it’s glass – over time, essential oils can wear plastic down.
¾ cup water
¾ cup white vinegar (equal parts vinegar and water, depending on the size of your jar)
15 drops lemon, chamomile, tea tree or lavender essential oil
How to make your wipes
Despite its incredible cleaning power, vinegar can smell a little overpowering. That’s why we like to use essential oils. Don’t have any oils? Use 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon liquid soap and 1 cup rubbing alcohol (Isocol). Lemon juice could also add an invigorating kick to the mixture.
Put your ingredients into the jar, mix it all together well and drop in the cloths. Make sure the cloths soak up the mixture and store somewhere cool. Put the lid on nice and tight and turn your jar upside down occasionally to make sure the wipes have soaked up the mixture.
Keep dirty wipes in an empty bucket under the sink and wash them all in one go so that your wipes are ready to go when you make the next disinfectant mix.
I’ve been using these wipes for a few weeks now and I love them. They smell great, pack a cleaning punch but what I love about them best of all? They’re re-usable, so it’s one less item on the shopping list!