Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

7 Materials
10 Minutes

Maybe you are having a hard time finding disinfecting wipes in the stores these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is an easy recipe my mother shared with me for making Homemade Disinfecting Wipes. Bonus. I was so lucky and surprised to have everything I needed right in my own cabinets, including the 91% alcohol! I know this stuff is sold out everywhere at the moment. Hopefully you have some on hand too! Here is what you will need.

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Gather your ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need.

  • Paper towel
  • Dawn dish soap
  • isopropyl alcohol (91%)
  • essential oils (optional)

Cut your paper towels

Cut your paper towel roll in half using a serrated knife or scissors. I unraveled one side and added it to the other, and then put the roll into my container. I used an Oxo container from my pantry that wasn’t being used. You can use whatever you have on hand.

Stick them in a tall container

Pour your mixture over them

This is the formula that I used…

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup alcohol (For this recipe it must be 91% alcohol)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap
  • Add 10-15 drops of Essential Oils (I used lemongrass)

Mix thoroughly then pour the mixture right over the paper towels. 

Side Note: Essential oils are a natural disinfectant. Other good essential oil combos include…

  • Peppermint & Tea Tree
  • Lemongrass & Lavender
  • Lavender & Rosemary
  • Geranium & Lime
  • Tea Tree & Orange

Pull out the center roll

I left the center roll in and was able to pull it out after waiting a minute or two, or when it was wet enough to just pull right out.

That is it!

Once done, put on a label (optional) and enjoy! I like to put some of these in a ziplock baggie when I go grocery shopping to disinfect the grocery cart, my hands, my steering wheel or whatever needs disinfecting.

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  • Jayne Jayne on Sep 03, 2021

    I used to do this all the time. I also used baby wipe I just pour the solution in the baby wipe container.

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  • Roberta collins Roberta collins on Oct 05, 2022

    My question is not about this project but what’s a homemade remedy to get rid of gnats?

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  • Mary Ann Eskew Mary Ann Eskew on Aug 21, 2023

    I bought cheap washcloths and use them in the solution. Then I just wash and reuse. I also add hydrogen peroxide to the solution.

  • Anita Scales Anita Scales on Aug 21, 2023

    Wow! Thanks for the info! I cook on my stove everyday! Thank YOU!