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DIY All-Natural Disinfectant Wipes

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Make your own disinfectant wipes with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home!

Make your own disinfectant wipes with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home!

Make Your Own Disinfectant Wipes at Home

I love how handy disinfectant wipes are, but I really dislike anything disposable. Every time I threw one away, I swear I heard a tiny green fairy wailing in agony. Well, now she can dry her tears because I found a way to keep my handy disinfectant wipes, help the environment, and save money. Win-win . . . oh, and win!

Materials You'll Need

  • 1 used disinfectant wipe container
  • 1 package microfiber cloths or all-purpose cloths, (automotive section of Wal-Mart)
  • 40 drops essential oil, tea tree
  • 1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. First, take five cloths, lay them on top of each other, then tightly roll up the cloths.
  2. Stuff them into your container the best you can.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar, and push the rags down to soak up the liquid.
  4. Put your 40 drops of tea tree oil into your 1/2 cup of water and pour into the container.
  5. Push the rags down again to soak up. Put the lid back on, and pull your cloths from the middle. Voila! You have your homemade, reusable disinfectant cloths!

Note: If you need to clean them, just wash the cloths on a warm or hot cycle and tumble dry on high.


Why Tea Tree and Vinegar?

Tea tree and vinegar are all-natural and very effective disinfectants, especially tea tree, which has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

Where Can You Use These Wipes?

You can use these wipes for:

  • Cleaning up spills.
  • Wiping down kitchen counters.
  • Cleaning bathrooms and showers.
  • Mopping floors. (Just attach them onto your Swiffer as you would the disposable ones!)

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


wowwipes on April 25, 2019:

Great useful tips. Sure will try to make my own wipes soon and let you know the feedback. As I am using disinfectant cleansing wipes to wipe out the dirt and germs, Here I got useful tips to make my own wipes. Thanks for sharing.

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 27, 2012:

Thanks Jakob!

Jakob Barry on February 27, 2012:

Awesome tip for everyone. Voting this up!

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 24, 2012:

Thanks theclevercat! The best part is, these microfiber cloths also clean way better than the disposable ones. Before I had to use 2 or 3 for a messy job, now just 1.

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Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on February 24, 2012:

Great idea! I have microfiber cloths up the wazoo but I never thought of setting them up like this. I am definitely going to do this. Voted UP!

Rodney Fagan from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on February 23, 2012:

Great idea, like it, and all for a World of GREEN.

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on February 23, 2012:

What a great idea! Shared with friends. Voted up!

NetBlots from Melbourne on February 23, 2012:

Actually, we did some work for a cool bunch of people that sell a product that essentially turns water and small amount of salt into a disinfectant as strong as White King, only you wont have your insides burned out if you accidently drunk it.

Their url was

We got to play with their product for a week whilst copywriting their site... very impressive I must say!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 23, 2012:

Way to go HH, congratulations on a fantastic idea!

loveoflearning from U.S on February 23, 2012:

Wow, this is really a great idea! I love that it is all natural and reusable. Thank you for sharing.

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 23, 2012:

I'm so glad everyone is enjoying this hub :) Thanks johncimble, MarleneB, imatellmuva, Moon Shadow Lake, and homesteadbound!

johncimble from Bangkok on February 23, 2012:

awesome :)

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 23, 2012:

This is by far the best idea I have heard this year. I am like you about not wanting to do things that destroy the earth, but I also like convenience, so I will definitely do this.

imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on February 23, 2012:

I have all of these items, and WILL put this into use! Thanks for sharing! Voted up and useful!!!

Moon Willow Lake on February 23, 2012:

Thank-you for the idea!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on February 23, 2012:

This is great. Congratulations on hub of the day!

lepetitchalet on February 23, 2012:

I use distilled white vinegar for lot of household chores, but I love your idea of using the cotton cloths and container for handi portable wipes! I really dislike the clorox wipes the supermarkets hand out - Next shopping trip I will bring my own. Thanks!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on February 23, 2012:

Great idea! I'll have to get my daughter to save me a baby-wipes container. ;-)

Oh--and congratulations on hub of the day!

Voted up, interesting and useful.

WretchedRapture from California, USA on February 23, 2012:

Genius! Perhaps you can write a hub on making a cheap hand sanitizer, I'm sure your germaphobe readers like myself will appreciate that as well. Great hub.

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 23, 2012:

Thanks everyone for stopping by! :)

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 23, 2012:

The Practical Mommy: Thanks for your comment, and tea tree oil has a very strong smell. It definitely overpowers the vinegar.

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 23, 2012:

CWB: I don't know but I think fairies probably have the prettiest mucus you ever saw. Thanks for the comment! (The HOD, total shock. I feel "famouser than even Captain Kangaroo" as Forrest would say.)

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 23, 2012:

Sustainyourmind: Another reason I wish I had a Trader's Joe around! Rosemary oil is one of my favorite scents. Thanks for your comment

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on February 23, 2012:

neat idea. gby

rob_allen from MNL, PH on February 23, 2012:

Simple yet useful! This is such a brilliant idea. I think you really deserve the HOTD badge! Way to go! :)

Lissette from Central Florida on February 23, 2012:

I am going to try this with t-shirts. I have many that would not have a use. Thank you!

Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on February 23, 2012:

I love this idea. I'll definitely try this one. Thanks for the valuable info!

Marissa from United States on February 23, 2012:

This is a very useful hub! I wonder: does the smell of the tea tree oil balance out the smell of the vinegar? I like to clean with vinegar but sometimes the smell gets to me.

Congrats on the Hub of the Day!

larcaustin46 from Austin, TX on February 23, 2012:

Congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day! I can hardly wait to try this tip--voted up and useful!

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on February 23, 2012:

Great Idea! I am on my way to the store for some tea tree oil! Everybody has vinegar.

Civil War Bob from Glenside, Pennsylvania on February 23, 2012:

If the tiny green fairy wipes her eyes AND blows her nose on one of your wipes, is throwing it out the best sanitary practice? Congrats on Hub of the Day!! ;)

sustainyourmind on February 23, 2012:

Great tip! I love tea tree oil. It has so many uses. My favorite is it's wart/mole removal properties. Trader Joe's actually has tea tree oil for pretty cheap. Thyme and Rosemary essential oils are also great disenfectants as well. They actually don't smell as strong as tea tree.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on February 23, 2012:

This is a very creative and useful idea! I love using antibacterial wipes since they are so convenient, but hated throwing them away too. This is a great solution. Thanks for sharing!

MP50 on February 23, 2012:

Brilliant idea, useful and informative. VU :-)

ExoticHippieQueen on February 23, 2012:

Very useful! I might give that a try. I have used tea tree soap as well as other products with it as an ingredient. Clever...................thanks!

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on February 23, 2012:

As you stated, this idea is an around winner. I like knowing exactly what are in the wipes I am using; no "mystery" ingredients here.

Voted up and SHARED.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on February 23, 2012:

Thanks for caring for our planet and congratulations for your nomination as Hub of the Day.

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 23, 2012:

OMG!!!! When I saw that comment "congrats on hub of the day" I was like "HUH??!?!"

I can't believe it. WOW!!!!

Hubpages, you like me, YOU REALLY LIKE ME! Thanks everyone!!! :)

SilverGenes on February 23, 2012:

This is such a clever tip! I love the idea, especially the part about drying those green fairy tears! Thank you for sharing :-)

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on February 23, 2012:

This is great! WOw, glad you thought of it. I love using wipes but can afford to keep buying them. This will save me a bunch of

Congrats on making the hub of the day!

susanm23b on February 23, 2012:

I love those wipes too--but I love the idea of making my own EVEN MORE! Thanks so much for this great information. Congrats on Hub of the Day! Voted up :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 23, 2012:

This is an original idea and very environment friendly, too! Congratulations on winning Hub of the Day!

rosika on February 23, 2012:

This is such a great idea, I have always felt guilty

as well using those handy wipes but had no idea how to use reusable items. Thanks for sharing!

kikalina from Europe on February 23, 2012:

Tea tree oil is also availabe on Amazon. You can also adapt this idea to make reusable baby wipes. I wrote a hub about ways to save and reuse baby wipes.

Congrats on hub of the day.

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 15, 2012:

You're very welcome! :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on February 15, 2012:

This is such a smart idea! My inner eco-friendly germ phobe thanks you!

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 13, 2012:

Suzie, thanks for stopping by! You can buy Tea Tree Oil at your local health food store, but I buy mine online in bulk. It's cheaper per oz. Here's a great website for essential oils:

Suzie ONeill from Lost in La La Land on February 12, 2012:

Excellent idea! One question though-- where can I buy Tea Tree Oil?

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 11, 2012:

Thanks Hawkesdream and Daisyjae.

daisyjae from Canada on February 10, 2012:

Very useful idea. Those wipes can be a bit pricey.

Al Hawkes from Cornwall on February 10, 2012:

Brilliant, and less waste too.

hecate-horus (author) from Rowland Woods on February 10, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by, Homesteadpatch!

homesteadpatch from Michigan on February 09, 2012:

Excellent idea! Voted up.

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