Homemade Wipes Four Ways

Four Homemade Wipes Recipes from HousewifeHowTos.comCleaning wipes are a wonderful convenience for the busy housewife, but their cost can really add up over time. It’s so easy — and inexpensive — to make your own homemade wipes for baby’s bottom, messy hands, kitchen or bathroom surfaces, even glass. Here are four simple recipes to make your own homemade wipes using paper towels or old rags, and common household ingredients.

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Choose your material: I use old sheets cut into squares or worn-out microfiber cleaning cloths for household cleaning wipes. Old sheets work for baby wipes, too, or cut rolls of paper towels in half horizontally then separate and fold individual sheets.

Re-use old containers: If you have old disinfecting or baby wipes containers, by all means use them. Plastic coffee containers with lids also work well.

Homemade Baby Wipes

Place cloths in 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 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 non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and, like tea tree oil, is actually both a useful acne treatment as well as a great moisturizer.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

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

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

 

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

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

Recipe #1

  • 1 1/2 cups anti-bacterial household cleaner (PineSol, Clorox Green, Mr. Clean, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Recipe #2 (all natural)

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

BONUS:

Homemade Window Wipes

How To Make Glass and Window Cleaning Wipes
Place cloths in container. Mix together the following ingredients, pour over cloths and shake gently to saturate.

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar

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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