How to Make Homemade Disinfectant Wipes


Disinfectant wipes are a convenient item to use around your home. You can use them to wipe away crumbs and sticky spills in the kitchen, to freshen up your bathroom or to sanitize items like your baby's high chair and your telephone after you have had a cold. When you are done, you can toss them safely in the trash. However, disinfectant wipes can be pricey. Enjoy the benefits of using disinfectant wipes without the cost by making your own homemade version.

Things You'll Need

  • Thick paper towels
  • Serrated knife
  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 1/2 cup liquid disinfectant household cleaner
  • Lidded plastic container
  • Lay the roll of paper towels on its side on a flat, level surface such as a cutting board or counter. Use the serrated knife to cut the roll in half, width-wise. Press down on the roll as you cut so that the cardboard tube in the center of the roll is compressed and somewhat crushed.

  • Remove the cardboard tube from the roll of paper towels and discard it. Set the two half-rolls of paper towels aside.

  • Measure 1 1/2 cups of distilled water into a plastic container, such as a clean margarine tub or food storage container. The container should be large enough to hold one of the half-rolls of paper towels upright. Add 1/2 cup of liquid disinfectant household cleaner to the water and stir.

  • Place one of the half-rolls of paper towels into the container. Seal the lid tightly, and flip the container onto its lid. Set it in a sink or on a counter in case any of the liquid leaks.

  • Allow the homemade disinfectant wipes to stand overnight so that all of the liquid will be absorbed into the paper towels. Use the homemade disinfectant wipes by opening the lid and pulling a paper towel out of the center of the roll. If desired, you may cut a slit in the lid, and pull the homemade disinfectant wipes out through this hole.

Tips & Warnings

  • These homemade disinfectant wipes are only intended to use for household cleaning. Do not use the homemade disinfectant wipes for personal cleaning.

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