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If you are looking for a homemade disinfectant wipes recipe, this DIY only calls for a few ingredients. Plus, they are reusable which is nice when supplies are in high demand so you can make new wipes as needed!

Make your own antibacterial wipes better than Clorox! This is a safer and healthier version to continue to make yourself!

I love the way antibacterial wipes, and Clorox in general, cleans and leaves everything smelling super clean. Maybe too clean, is that a thing? The odor is horrid and is definitely not good for you or you little ones to be inhaling. When you’re not used to being around Clorox or Lysol wipes, the smell can be nauseating.

After using this recipe on a few batches, the ingredients and steps below are really the easiest and best way to make them. I personally like to add a few drops of essential oil to all my homemade cleaner recipes to boost the smell. A few drops can last a while.

The supplies list old t-shirt scraps so these can be reused. I prefer to reuse ours – once a “wipe” has been used I just throw it immediately into the dirty clothes hamper to be washed. The old shirt scraps will be good to use again for the next batch which is super helpful when paper products are in limited supply.

You can easily make this same recipe with the intent of creating disposable wipes. Just cut up several paper towels into a 5 x 5 inch square. I have taken the Kirkland brand paper towels that are a half sheet and just cut those in half which is around the same size. I’ve listed that as an ingredient in case you want to try that instead.

Homemade Clorox Wipes Ingredients

  • Plastic Airtight Container
  • Old T-Shirt Scraps (cut about 6×6)
  • 2 cups, Water
  • ½ cup, Rubbing Alcohol
  • ½ cup, White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp, Dawn Dish Soap
  • 8-10 drops, Essential Oils
  • Paper Towels (optional)

Antibactieral Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

  • Tea Tree
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint

Homemade Clorox Wipes Directions

  1. Combine all wet ingredients in your container, stirring or shaking well to combine all ingredients.
  2. Place your t shirt “rags” in container, squeeze, turn, and stir them around so that they will all be damp. You may want to cut the liquid recipe in half if you have a smaller container.

If you decide to use paper towels, let the paper towels soak in the mixture. Carefully take out the paper towels and lay them on top of one another. Roll up the towels into a small container so you can pull each wipe out as needed.

If you make a batch, let me know how they turn out for you!

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Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

Homemade Antibacterial “Clorox” Wipes

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
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Ingredients

  • Plastic Airtight Container
  • Old T-Shirt Scraps (cut about 6×6)
  • 2 cups, Water
  • ½ cup, Rubbing Alcohol
  • ½ cup, Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp, Dawn Dish Soap
  • Paper Towels (optional)
  • 810 drops, Essential Oils
  • Antibacterial Essential Oils (purchase here)
  • Tea Tree
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint

Instructions

  1. Combine all wet ingredients in your container, stirring or shaking well to combine all ingredients.
  2. Place your t shirt “rags” in container, squeeze, turn, and stir them around so that they will all be damp. You may want to cut the liquid recipe in half if you have a smaller container.

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About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

4 Comments

  1. Karyn Burch on August 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Are you using white vinegar ?

  2. Gloria on July 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    can you rewash the clothes and make a new batch of wipes.

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on March 21, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      Gloria, yes you can wash the old scraps after reach use. We do this so we can make a new batch with the same scraps.

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