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How to Make Homemade Reusable Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes

How to Make Homemade Reusable Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes
Teenage boy cleans and disinfects his hands, using disposable wipes.

We’ve been washing our hands and wiping down all the hard surfaces in our homes a lot more than usual these days. If you find yourself low on disinfectant wipes or simply want to cut back on how frequently you use the store-bought variety, there’s a relatively simple hack for making your own homemade reusable cleaning wipes.


Related: How to Make DIY Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Although the ingredients can vary depending on where you look online or what you have on hand, these are the general items you’ll need.


    • 1 cup water
    • 1-2 Tbsp dish soap
    • 1/4 cup isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
    • 1/2 cup white vinegar
    • 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oils (optional, but a nice addition if you want a gentle scent; think: peppermint, lemon, lavender, tea tree, etc.)
    • 15-20 pieces of thin cloths or shredded old t-shirts (approx. 8-10 inches)
    • 1 large container or glass jar with sealable lid

Related: Here’s How to Make Your Own DIY Cloth Face Masks


1. Add water, soap, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar to glass jar and stir.

2. Add essential oils and stir.

3. Add cut-up cloth pieces to jar, firmly seal lid and shake, so the cloth soaks up the disinfectant mixture.

4. Keep sealed and use cloths as needed.

Note: if you don’t have rubbing alcohol (or would prefer not to include it), you can simply use water, dish soap, white vinegar and essential oils.

Related: 11 Activities to Do While Spending Time at Home

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