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 13 questions
  • Cvmarin
    on Mar 19, 2020

    Good project.... does it kill VIRUS as well as bacteria?

    • LP Guay
      15 minutes ago

      Will not kill the CORONA-19 virus. You need at least 70 per cent alcohol content. 120 proof everyclear is only 60%, and the vinegar and soap will dilute it further.

      For the home, soap and water will kill the virus.

  • 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!

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  • KETP
    on Mar 21, 2020

    Sounds great


  • Sonita Ramsuchit
    5 days ago

    I think that’s a great idea for home made disinfect wipes thank u how do I make the alcohol sanitizers can u send me info Thant’s again

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