How to Make DIY Disinfecting Wipes

7 Materials
10 Minutes

Making your own DIY disinfecting wipes is cheap and easy. Use paper towels, rubbing alcohol or Everclear and vinegar to make this alternative to Lysol or Clorox wipes. You can use these homemade cleaning wipes to disinfect surfaces like tables, counters and even your cell phone.

Check out this video to Learn how to make DIY disinfectant wipes

Learn step- by step how to make these wipes yourself. This is great for visual learners!

ingredients for DIY cleaning wipes

  • Paper towel roll.
  • Water proof canister (old coffee can works well)
  • Sharp knife.
  • 1 cup cleaning vinegar.
  • 1/2 cup water.
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or Everclear.
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap.
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)

Cut the paper towel roll in half.

Use a serrated knife to cut the paper towel roll in half so that it will fit into your water proof canister.

Mix the ingredients in a jar

You need to use at least 60% alcohol. If you can't find 99% rubbing alcohol then you can use Everclear from the liquor store. 151 proof is best but the 120 proof will also work.

Pour the mixture onto the paper towels.

Pour the mixture onto the paper towels and let them soak it up. Once fully saturated you can pull out the center cardboard tube.

Pull from the center of the container

To use the wipes, pull from the center of the container and pull them out. Wipe down counters, tables and even your cell phone to kill germs. Just don't use them on your face or mouth and as always- keep out of reach of small children.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 14 questions
  • Rita
    on Mar 19, 2020

    The link I followed for everclear brought me to some glycerin stuff??

    • Samantha Whitson
      on Mar 22, 2020

      "Everclear"is a brand name of grain alcohol- booze for drinking- sold in liquor stores & grocery or drug stores, depending on where you live.

  • Pansy
    on Mar 21, 2020

    Can white vinegar be used instead of cider vinegar?

    • Pansy
      on Mar 22, 2020

      Reply to Samantha Whitson, thank you for your informative answer!

  • Charlene murphy
    on Apr 14, 2020

    Why cleaning vinegar? I would think that would be harsh used as wipes for the body. Wouldn't white vinegar be better.

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  • Bridget
    on Apr 15, 2020

    I have a friend who has made baby wipes this way different ingredients though. Also your grain alcohol is only 120 proof and rubbing alcohol is 140 proof.

  • Starlene
    on Apr 17, 2020

    Yes I will.need some disinfecting wipes at work.

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