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Reusable Disinfectant Wipes Made From Old T-Shirts

Not sure what to do with all those old t-shirts? Want to save money AND green your clean? These homemade disinfectant wipes (made out of old t-shirts!) are my latest obsession and take just seconds to make. Keep a jar in each bathroom for quick wipe-downs, and when you're done just wash and re-use! You'll keep disposable wipes out of landfills, and at less than $0.50/jar you'll keep some green in your pocket, too! clean
Homemade Disinfectant Wipes:
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. vinegar
6 drops of lemon essential oil
6 drops of tea tree essential oil
Old t-shirts, cut up into wipe-sized rags
Container (I used a quart-sized canning jar)
Stuff t-shirt rags in jar. Mix water, vinegar and essential oils together. Pour over rags in the jar. Screw on lid and shake to moisten.
All the supplies you need to make your own all-natural, money-saving cleaning supplies! Vinegar is an all-natural cleaning and disinfecting powerhouse. It wipes out mold and soap scum, and inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, E. coli and salmonella – all for pennies!
Lemon and tea tree oils are great for killing germs, although I did read some information about tea tree oil being toxic to cats (which we don’t have) so please do your own research to decide which essential oils are a fit for your family’s cleaning needs. (Thyme essential oil would have been my second choice, fyi. Lavender and peppermint also sounded like excellent options.)

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  • Kathy Turner
    Kathy Turner Denton, TX
    on Apr 2, 2014

    Great green idea.

  • Judy Johnson
    Judy Johnson Lakewood, WA
    on Apr 3, 2014

    Thanks, Kathy.

  • Salvage Sister and Mister
    Salvage Sister and Mister Medford, OR
    on Apr 3, 2014

    Great post. We will share with our twitter followers. Just the kind of projects we love. We posted this video as another idea for t-shirts

    • All Things G&D
      All Things G&D Madison, WI
      on Apr 4, 2014

      @Salvage Sister and Mister Love that idea, Salvage Sister! I recently posted a similar project turning t-shirts (and onesies) into produce bags. Who knew tees were so versatile? Thanks for sharing!

  • Janet O
    Janet O East Windsor, CT
    on Apr 4, 2014

    I love recycling/repurposing items and I love saving money. And i'm asthma-allergic to many commercial cleaners so these are a winner for me! My sister has the same problem, forwarding to her. Janet

    • All Things G&D
      All Things G&D Madison, WI
      on Apr 7, 2014

      @Janet O So happy to hear you like the project, Janet! I hope it works out great for you!

  • Love Digging in the Dirt
    Love Digging in the Dirt Saint Clair Shores, MI
    on Jan 6, 2015

    Have all the stuff to make these!! Thanks for the great idea!

    • All Things G&D
      All Things G&D Madison, WI
      on Jan 29, 2015

      @Love Digging in the Dirt Hope you love them as much as we do!

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