DIY Reusable Clorox Wipes (That REALLY Match the Original Ingredients!

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5 Minutes

I’ve been asked about this from readers, and I’m finally sharing it today! DIY Reusable Clorox Wipes that really match the ingredients of the original ones!

One of my favorite things to do as a chemist is examine cleaning ingredients, then match them up to make a homemade solution.

These homemade ones work just as good, have almost the same ingredients (minus some unnecessary ones), plus you can just wash the rags!


  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp dawn dishwashing detergent (using NON-concentrated for this, read WHY in post link under surfactant)
  • 8 tbsp lemon infused alcohol (It needs to be lemon for the best benefits)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 20 drops of lemon oil (Optional, but will match ingredients better)
  • 32 oz plastic jar with lid
  • Cloths (can be microfiber or regular, also try old T-shirts!)

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If you would like to know WHY we use these ingredients and information on possible substitutes, PLEASE CLICK BLOG LINK BELOW!


  1. Add rags or clothes to your plastic jar with lid.
  2. In a bowl, mix up the ingredients and stir until baking soda is dissolved.
  3. Add to the jar of rags. You want this to cover the rags, so make sure to stir it around well.

Tip: You can easily double the recipe to meet the needs of your jar. Just keep the ratios the same. If you like more solution, add less clothes. If you want this to be like it comes from the store, add just enough liquid to cover everything.

Check out photos below for photos of each one.

How to Use:

Just pull out a cloth to clean any area you’d like. This is safe for ALL surfaces! Once you are done using, just throw it in the washing machine.

If Using on Glass:

This can be used on glass stove tops, just be sure to wipe off with microfiber cloth!

Not recommended for mirrors!

How Often to Change Liquid:

Please click on post below for the details on changing the liquid!

How the Ingredients Actually Match Up!


According to The Clorox Company, water is one of the main ingredients in their wipes. Water is an underrated item in homemade solutions, but it is a great solvent. It makes the perfect base for homemade cleaners.

For citric acid, Isopropyl Alcohol, D-Limonene, and the rest of the ingredients click here!

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

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  • Linda
    on Apr 18, 2020

    Does it have to be Dawn detergent? I have seen several other projects that specify Dawn detergent. Does Dawn have something other dishwashing detergents don't?

  • Petrahofmann
    on May 16, 2020

    what can I substitute for Dawn? I live in Germany and they dont sell it here. Is any dishwashing liquid ok?

  • Bari
    on Nov 21, 2020

    Wow, this is amazing. Considering my local store now wants 7.19 for a large container of Clorox wipes. But a question does this have to be stored in a plastic container? Or Willa mason jar with a plastic lid be ok? Thanks

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