How To Make Homemade Wipes

Homemade wipes for cleaning from HousewifeHowTos.com
Homemade wipes are so wonderfully convenient, combining both the cleaner and the cloth in one easy-to-grab solution that you use and toss. Considering that they do end up in the trash why spend a lot of money on them at the store when you can easily, and inexpensively, make them yourself?

For even bigger savings use squares cut from old white t-shirts or lint-free towels so you can reuse them after laundering.

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Here are four simple recipes to make your own homemade wipes.

Homemade Baby Wipes

Place cloths or individual paper towels in a container. Mix together the following ingredients, pour over cloths and shake gently to saturate.

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cups aloe vera gel (optional, but nice)
  • 2 tsp. baby shampoo
  • 1 tsp vinegar (prevents mold and diaper rash)
  • 3-4 drops lavender and/or tea tree essential oils (discourages yeast)

 

Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes

Place cloths or paper towels in container. Mix together the following ingredients, pour over cloths and shake gently to saturate.

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (lifts makeup)
  • 2 drops tea tree oil (anti-bacterial, great for skin, and prevents mold)

These will remove just about any makeup, even waterproof mascara. Surprisingly, you don’t have to wash with soap afterward: olive oil is a noncomedogenic moisturizer (won’t clog pores) and, like tea tree oil, is actually a useful acne treatment, too.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Place cloths or paper towels in container. Mix together the following ingredients, pour over cloths and shake gently to saturate.

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 15-20 drops peppermint, lemon, lavender, or grapefruit essential oils for fragrance and additional grease-cutting power

 

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Place cloths in container. Mix together the following ingredients, pour over cloths and shake gently to saturate.

  • 2 c. water
  • 2 tbsp. castile soap (adds cleaning power)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (disinfectant and degreaser)
  • 8 drops tea tree oil (disinfectant and prevents mold)

Be sure to keep the wipes’ container closed when not in use. If they begin to dry out, simply add more cleaning solution and you’re good to go!

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Comments

  1. ina says

    I just love your site! It has created a whole movement with in my house. We no longer buy chemicals! I now can make the kids clean! The solutions ate safe and work way better than the ones I was buying. Plus I save $$$$$. Thanks

    • Katie Berry says

      You’re so welcome, Ina! Getting the kids involved in cleaning is definitely one of the best benefits of natural cleaners. Plus, once they have to clean they’re better at picking up after themselves. That’s a double win in my book!

  2. Violamom says

    Forgive my ignorance, but what on earth is “castile soap” and where can I find it?? Thanks for the clarification. :-)

    • Katie Berry says

      Castile soap is a type of soap which uses olive oil as its base. The most well-known brand in the US is “Dr. Bronner’s”, though there are other brands. It’s a very versatile soap that can be used in homemade cleaning and laundry products as well as body and bath cleansing. You can get it at places like Walmart or Target, or through Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Q8Lptf

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