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 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.
Here are four simple recipes to make your own.
4 Homemade Wipes Recipes
Homemade Baby Wipes
Place cloths or individual paper towels in a container. Mix 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. white vinegar (prevents mold and diaper rash)
- 3-4 drops lavender and/or tea tree essential oils (discourages yeast, covers the vinegar scent)
Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes
Place cloths or paper towels in container. Mix 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 so it won’t clog pores and, like tea tree oil, is a useful acne treatment, too.
Homemade Cleaning Wipes
Place cloths or paper towels in container. Mix the following ingredients, pour over the 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)
Bonus:homemade furniture polish recipe You can make your own polishing wipes using this , too!
Homemade Disinfecting Wipes
Place cloths in a container. Mix the following ingredients, pour over the cloths and shake gently to saturate.
- 2 cups 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). You can substitute pink grapefruit or lemon essential oil if you don’t have marble, granite, or other stone surfaces to clean.
Be sure to keep the wipes’ container closed when not in use. If they begin to dry out add more cleaning solution and you’re good to go.