Zero Waste Disinfectant Wipes: How to Make Your Own

Zero Waste Disinfectant Wipes: How to Make Your Own

I love looking for ways to up my zero waste cleaning game. That’s why these zero waste disinfectant wipes are my new go-to. These wipes are easy to DIY, reusable, and smell so good. Plus, there’s no unnecessary toxins potentially lurking in them. A lot of disinfectant wipes you buy in stores are single-use and full of questionable ingredients. Plus, they can be quite costly! Buying them once every couple of weeks adds up. A pack of 3 wipes can cost about ~$11, and if you have kids, you’ll be going through them like wildfire. So relying on reusables will help your wallet and the planet! Here’s how to make your own zero waste disinfectant wipes.

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Zero Waste Disinfectant Wipes: How to Make Your Own

Zero Waste Disinfectant Wipes: How to Make Your Own

Materials + Supplies:

  • Sealable widemouth glass jar/container
  • Thin washcloths/rags (you can also use cut up cotton t-shirts, old towels, fabric scraps, etc.)
  • Half distilled white vinegar
  • Half distilled water (aka boiled + cooled water)
  • 15+ drops of essential oil (lemon, orange, tea tree, and lavender work well)
Zero Waste Disinfectant Wipes: How to Make Your Own

How to make DIY zero waste disinfectant wipes:

  1. Open up your chosen jar of choice and fill it up halfway with distilled white vinegar, and then halfway with distilled water.
  2. Add in your essential oils of choice (feel free to blend different ones together to get different scent combos). I added a lot for a yummy citrus scent!
  3. Put the lid on tight and carefully swirl the liquid around to help it mix together.
  4. Now all in the small hand towels/fabric, and shut the lid tightly. Turn the jar upside down and gently shake to get the reusable wipes saturated. That’s it!

Zero Waste Disinfectant Wipes: How to Make Your Own

Cleaning with zero waste disinfectant wipes

To use, just pull out a “wipe,” squeeze/ring out the excess liquid back into the jar, and wipe your dirty surfaces away! Rinse out with hot water, and place back in the jar to soak up more of the cleaning solution. You’ll want to wash the towels every few days to make sure they stay clean.

You can use them to clean literally everything:

  • kitchen counters
  • Faucets
  • Sinks
  • Microwave
  • Door knobs
  • Bathroom counters
  • Toilets (those wipes I toss right into the dirty laundry to be washed)!

There’s no harsh chemicals, so they can be used on any surface in your home. Total win!

Would you give these homemade disinfectant wipes a try? Let me know in the comments!

For more zero waste cleaning ideas, check out my famous orange peel vinegar cleaner. Everyone loves it!

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By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.

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