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GREEN and FRUGAL - DIY Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes


I used to be obsessed with disinfectant wipes. I kept them everywhere. In the kitchen, bathrooms, dining room, toy room (of course they were high enough so the kids could not get into them), I even kept some outside to wipe down the patio table. They were so convenient. Sticky fingerprints on the table - grab a wipe, bathroom counter needs cleaned - grab a wipe, sticky kitchen counters - grab a wipe, teething toy fell in the dirt - grab a wipe.
Of course this obsession was short lived when I realized how much I was spending on those bad boys. Not to mention all of the harmful chemicals that they contain.
Here is my new solution


DIY Disinfectant Wipes
Want to make your own?
Here is what you'll need


  1. Paper towels
  2. Vinegar
  3. Air tight container (baby wipe containers are perfect)

I had the select-a-size paper towels and started folding them in an accordion fold. After folding the desired amount (I used around 20) tear off from the rest of the roll and cut your paper towels in half.


Stack the two halves on top of each other and place inside of your container. Pour 1 cup vinegar into container. close and set aside until paper towels soak up all the liquid. And voila...



Notes:
  1. I found several websites that suggested cutting the entire roll of paper towels in half and sticking one half inside a larger container such as an old coffee grounds container. This would be a lot easier than folding all  of the paper towels but it would not fit in the container I had. Do what works best for you.
  2. I used vinegar as suggested in this article. If you do not like the strong vinegar scent there are several other recipes found online.
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23 comments:

  1. wow, that is awesome. I don't know whey I didn't think if this before! Thanks, http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

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  2. Loooove this! I used to make homemade baby wipes this way with half a roll of bounty in a tupperware container and 1/4 cup of water and baby wash poured over top. You let it absorb and then you can easily pull out the cardboard center and have pull-up wipes from the center of the the paper towel roll. I love your idea for the accordion fold ones. I'm past the baby wipe stage, but still addicted to wipes for quick and easy clean-ups, too!

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  3. What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to make this. Thanks for the link party today! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  4. Wow... nice idea :) Thanks for sharing.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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  5. Hmmm.... what a great tip! I use vinegar for most of my cleaning, why not for disinfecting wipes too! :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing this great idea at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays :)

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  7. I am certainly going to try this!

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  8. what a great idea, would have never ever thought of doing this!! will save me loads of money!!

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  9. thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today, the most viewed link!! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  10. Hopping over from Ladybug Blessings linky party….
    What a wonderful crafty project :)
    I'd like to invite you to link your projects up at my weekly linking party at Craft Junkie Too. We'd love to have fabulous projects to share….:)
    Tracy
    T.G.I.F. Linky Party at Craft Junkie Too

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  11. That's a great idea, thanks for sharing!!

    Kristin
    www.http://domesticallyunemployed.blogspot.com

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  12. This is brilliant! I am totally addicted to disinfectant wipes- I am going to have to try this. Found you on the Blog Hop and I am your newest follower! I would love to have you stop by and visit our blog if you want to! We also have a link party going on this weekend if you want to come link up your blog!
    Have a great weekend!
    Camille @
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  13. I have always been too cheap to buy disinfectant wipes, so now I will be able to afford the convenience! Can't wait to make these!

    Wendy
    www.designedtodwell.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks for sharing this great idea at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  15. I am so excited to find this!! I am obsessed with clorox wipes but hate spending money on them! Thanks for the tip!
    Found on Thrifty decorating blog hop. :)
    -Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks for posting this one. I think I will try adding a bit of essential oil -and look at the site you mentioned. Kudos to the accordion fold style. :)

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  17. What an amazingly awesome tip! Thank you so much for linking this up to Thrifty Thursday :)

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  18. This is a great idea! I hate spending so much on wipes too. I am stumbling this post. I am a new follower from Ginger Snap Crafts. Vicky from www.messforless.net

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  19. Good idea! I tried to make my own baby wipes with paper towels (the soft ones like Viva brand) and a tupperware container but I could never get the fit right. I guess you do just have to keep experimenting to find what works best!

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  20. Featuring YOU tonight over on my blog. You were one of the top viewed links at {wow me} wednesday last week. Feel free to come grab a featured button & join this week's party! Thanks so much for linking up last week! :)

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  21. If you soak about 4-6 oranges worth of orange peels in a gallon of white vinegar for 1+ weeks, it infuses the vinegar with a strong orange scent. The orange oil is a powerful cleaning agent and also, it gets rid of the horrific vinegar smell!

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  23. Now you can create hygienic disinfectant wipes at home by leaning these frugal tips.

    Disinfectant Wipes

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