With 4 little kids at home I go through cleaning wipes like crazy! I love them for quick wipe downs of the bathrooms or to give the kids to clean the table for dinner. On the local morning news I saw someone make their own and thought, I can do that! I modified their recipe a bit to work for me. Here is what you need to make your own cleaning wipes:
- Paper Towels of good quality. I buy the Sam’s club ones, they are about as good as Bounty
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- essential oil
- A few drops of dish soap
- Container to store the wipes (could use an old wipes container) I picked up this set the last time I was at Ikea. It cost $3.99 and had the perfect container for the wipes.
Make sure your paper towels will fit in the container. A full roll would not fit in any of the containers I had, so I used a partial roll. I used my serrated knife to cut the paper towels. I would cut and then rotate the towels and cut again.
Here they are cut in half
I just add the ingredients right to my container, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar
I added some essential oil to cut back on the vinegar smell, it was pretty strong.
A few drops of dish soap, then gently mix it up.
Remove the cardboard part of the paper towels. I was able to wiggle it around a bit to loosen it then pull it out.
Put the paper towels in and turn the container upside down so all the wipes can get nice and wet. Make sure the lid is on tight, mine wasn’t and I had a little leakage.
Once the wipes are thoroughly wet they are ready to be used.
I have been using them all week. and found they work best when pulled from the center. They are pretty wet so I usually have to squeeze some of the moisture out. I used the “select-a-size” paper towels, I think I would use regular ones next time so I have a bigger wipe. Other than that I like them a lot. I feel better about giving them to my kids to clean because I know exactly what is in them.
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