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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
reusable disinfectant wipes made from old t shirts, cleaning tips, repurposing upcycling
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.
reusable disinfectant wipes made from old t shirts, cleaning tips, repurposing upcycling
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!
reusable disinfectant wipes made from old t shirts, cleaning tips, repurposing upcycling
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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  • GrammaLee
    on Apr 24, 2018

    Are the use of essential oils ... essential? ... they are expensive.. in my opinion

    • Lisa Sinclair
      on Jan 27, 2019

      Vinegar is a good diinfectant. But putting in the oils will really kick up the germ killing . And as far as the cost, you'll be amazed how little you need to use, and how long that little bottle will last you. I mine from my local health food store, cost much less than the bigger name brands.

  • Jamie
    on Jun 30, 2018

    I’m going to try this immediately!! As soon as I can get your answer ?

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