Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

3 Materials
10 Minutes
Easy

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.

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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  • Monty Harding Stepura Monty Harding Stepura on Aug 20, 2021

    Does the addition of the soap leave a soapy residue on your surfaces? Those soaps are very concentrated.

  • Robert P. Thomas Robert P. Thomas on Aug 27, 2021

    Can any soap be used?

  • 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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  • Sandra Mullins Sandra Mullins on Sep 03, 2021

    Yes, I would definitely try it.

  • Lisa West Lisa West on Sep 03, 2021

    DO NOF USW TEA TREE OIL IF YOU HAVE PETS. CATS WILL GET VERY SICK AND CAN DIE!! THE OTHER OILS ARW FINE, I WOULDNF USE TEA TREE OIL AROUND BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN.

    Personally I don't like tea tree oil anyway. The scent imo is terrible smells like gas or some kind of car oil chemical. Bothers my nose and it clogs up to. I am not allergic to it. I just can't stand the oder. Now the other oils I don't mind the scent. Ceetai. Lavender smell like dirt too, lol

    So before using essential oils check to see if they are a danger to pets and children. Especially if you have a type of rodent, fish, and or reptile and amphibians. We had a bearded dragon a ferret fish and a red corn snake at one time plus 2 cats and a dog. Bow that my kids have grown up and moved out I don't have any of those animals but the cats. I just use the rubbing alcohol peroxide and dawn. Any way just wanted to let those who have pets and small kids know about the oils. No one wants to see some one get sick or lose a pet due to home made cleaners and insecticides. All be safe and stay healthy to. Even though it's 2021 and the pandemic is slowing down with Vax and slow rate of infection. Except for the delta one. Just BE SAFW STAY HEALTHY. I WANT I SEE ALL AROUND THE HOLIDAYS AND MORE

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