Did you know many disinfecting wipes in the stores like Clorox are full of chemicals that can cause cancer, tumors, and neurological issues? Even some of the so-called “natural cleaners” in the store disrupt hormones. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make your own non-toxic cleaning items at home! This quick and easy guide to making natural disinfectant wipes will keep your home toxin free.
Choosing Your Material
The towel you choose to use can be a microfiber, cotton, or even linen. There’s no need to go out and purchase a brand-new towel for this DIY project. Use the one you already have in your kitchen that may be a little older or worn. Do keep in mind the texture of what you’ll be cleaning.
If you use a linen towel it won’t wipe grim as easily as microfiber or cotton. My personal favorite is microfiber but if you don’t have any on hand try cotton!
Choosing a Natural Disinfectant
When it comes to making a true disinfectant out of natural sources, it can feel overwhelming. But it actually doesn’t have to be! My two favorite natural disinfectants are distilled white vinegar and pure castile soap (liquid version). White vinegar naturally contains a high acid property that dissolves dirt and bacteria. One worry many people have with vinegar is if it’s cleaning well enough. It has been proven to remove food born bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and listeria monocytogenes. However, for influenza bacteria, it isn’t as powerful.
The second all-natural cleaner is pure castile soap. It is a plant-based soap made from vegetable oils. This natural disinfectant is used in these DIY natural disinfectant wipes to break down and get rid of germs that vinegar can’t such as Influenza A and other illnesses. You can get castile soap in both bar or liquid versions. For this DIY project, you’ll want to choose liquid. Castile soap is the purest form of soap you’ll be able to find. There are no fragrances, additives, chemicals, or other harmful ingredients. It is used in most natural cleaning and DIY projects because of its purity.
Fractioned Coconut Oil
Fractioned coconut oil can be found on Amazon for around $15. This is just coconut oil that’s been liquified through processing. I always recommend finding one that is organic and has no other ingredients. Adding coconut oil to these wipes keeps dust and dirt from sticking to surfaces which creates less work for you later! Since you’ll have extra coconut oil, you can use this on your skin to make face masks, use it to dilute essential oils for safety, and more.
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Making Natural Disinfectant Wipes Without Alcohol: A Quick and Easy Guide
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 dish towel
- 1 glass container with a lid
- 1 glass jar
- 1/4 cup pure castile soap
- 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/8 cup fractionated coconut oil
- 4 cups filtered water
- First, cut your dish towel into 4 long strips with a pair of scissors. Then you'll take each strip and cut them in half. This will create 8 squares when you're finished.
- Next, roll up each square. These rolls should be medium tight, meaning they shouldn't be so loose they're unrolling or too tight, making them super thin. When you're finished, place all 8 rolls into your glass container. You can stack them on top of one another if needed.
- Now it's time to make the natural disinfectant cleaner solution. In a glass jar mix castile soap, vinegar, and coconut oils with a spoon.
- Then pour this mixture evenly over the rolled towels in the glass container. Finally, add the filtered water to the container. If the wipes aren't covered with water (about 1/8-1/4 inch) add more water until this happens.
- Finally, use your hands to mix around the wipes and mixture being careful to not unroll the wipes.
- Add the lid on top of the container and store it in your cleaning cabinet or closet. Use within 3 months. After use of each wipe, simply throw it into the laundry and wash it with your regular load. When you run out of wipes, wash them and repeat the process.