DIY Disinfecting Wipes (Natural & Reusable)

7 Materials
15 Minutes

These DIY disinfecting wipes make it easy to keep your home clean without chemicals. They’re easy to make, natural, and reusable — just wash and re-use! We created these homemade cleaning wipes without vinegar, so they're safe for use on porous surfaces like marble and granite.

What you will need for this simple and economical project:

  • mason jar with lid
  • vodka
  • essential oils
  • Castile soap
  • distilled water
  • old cotton T-shirt cut into squares or cotton cloths

Pour the vodka into a mason jar. A sterilized pickle jar can also work in a pinch.

Next, add your essential oils which will combine easily with the alcohol. Shake the mixture vigorously. Then add the distilled water and shake once again. 

For a list of the essential oils we recommend for cleaning, please see our post


Next, slowly add the Castile soap and gently swirl it into the mixture. Please note, shaking the mixture at this point will cause the Castile soap to sud so swirl gently! 

Cut an old white T-shirt into squares and roll as shown. You can also use reusable cotton cloths. Place the rolled squares into your mason jar.

Place the lid on your mason jar and again swirl gently so the wipes become soaked with the liquid.

You should store your sanitizing wipes with the lid tightly secured in a cool, dark place such as under the kitchen or bathroom sink.

Your DIY sanitizing wipes should last approximately 3-4 weeks if stored correctly.

For the full tutorial and for more information on how to use these DIY sanitizing wipes in your cleaning routine, please see our post here.

You can also find more DIY cleaning recipes on our blog.

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Mary
    on Sep 21, 2019

    I’d like to try this, but there are no amounts given. ???

    • Uncle Geek
      Uncle Geek
      on Jul 25, 2020

      Regrettably, so many of the (well intentioned but failing) hints and recipes don't give adequate amounts of alcohol to provide disinfection. Remember, the Covid is deadly and you can't just pretend it's good enough if the product smells good. Go with the known adequate sanitizers.

  • Lori Ward-Laatsch
    Lori Ward-Laatsch
    on Sep 21, 2020

    Why does it only last 3-4 weeks?

    • A Life Adjacent
      A Life Adjacent
      on Sep 21, 2020

      Hi Lori, Previously, the recipe contained distilled water but we changed it and forgot to update the shelf life. Thanks for pointing it out!

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