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How to Make Non-toxic, Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Supplies for Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Reasons to Use Non-toxic, Homemade Cleaning Products

There are many reasons why someone might want to make homemade, non-toxic cleaning wipes. The most common reason is to save money. However, you may have allergies, be looking to live a greener lifestyle, or just don't want dangerous chemicals in your house.

The reason I decided to make my own cleaning wipes was because I make my children do chores. I realized that letting my children use the commercial wipes was dangerous. They might get the chemicals on their hands and then touch their face or rub it against their clothes and ruin their clothing. My children are old enough to clean the sinks and other surfaces, but I wanted the products they were using to be as safe as possible. The ingredients I use are safe, cost-effective and are used in many other homemade cleaning products that I make. I can easily make more wipe solution whenever I need to and my kids can even help make the non-toxic cleaning products with me.

Homemade Cleaning Products VS Commercial Products

Homemade Cleaning Wipes made with vinegar, baking soda, water, and vegtable-based soap

Homemade Cleaning Wipes made with vinegar, baking soda, water, and vegtable-based soap

Commercial Cleaning Wipes made with 99% unknown chemicals

Commercial Cleaning Wipes made with 99% unknown chemicals

Materials for Homemade Cleaning Products

Here is what you will need to make homemade cleaning wipes:

  • An old cleaning wipe container (Take the label off and create a new label, you may even want to let your kids design the new label).
  • A large bowl and large spoon
  • 2 microfiber rags ( I got mine for $1 each at Dollar General)
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 TBS of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of Castile Soap or other oil-based vegetable soap (I used Murphy's Oil Soap because my local store does not carry Castile Soap, but Castile soap can be purchased unscented or peppermint scented, so it might be better if you have allergies or want a nice smell to your wipes)

Step By Step Instructions for Making Non-toxic, Homemade Cleaning Wipes

How to Make Other Non-toxic Cleaning Products

Once you start making homemade cleaning products it gets easier and easier to replace many of your commercial, store-brought items. Below is a table that lists many types of homemade, non-toxic cleaning products that I make and all of them can be made at anytime by just having a few basic ingredients.

I recommend buying these items in bulk when they are on sale to maximize your savings. If you were to buy every item listed on the table below at retail you would spend less than $60. If you used that $60 to buy commercial cleaning products you might be able to do 30 loads of laundry, two weeks worth of dishes, and clean your house for a month. However, for that same $60 you will be able to do triple the amount of laundry, dishes, and cleaning for the same price and you won't expose anyone to unknown chemicals.

Another benefit to homemade cleaning products is that they are green cleaning products. Most of the ingredients come in cardboard boxes that can be recycled and you will not be buying plastic containers over and over again. (It takes a lot of petroleum to make plastic bottles and to recycle plastic). You will also not be throwing anything unsafe into a landfill or down into your septic system. So making your own non-toxic cleaning products is safe for your family, your wallet, and the Earth!

What Items Do You Have at Home that Could be Used to Make Homemade Cleaning Products?

Cleaning ProductBaking SodaWashing SodaVinegarBoraxBar SoapLiquid Vegetable/Oil-based SoapDish LiquidOther

Laundry Detergent

 

x

 

x

x

 

 

 

Fabric Softener

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

Stain Remover (spray)

 

 

x

x

 

 

x

 

Stain Remover Stick

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

water and toothbrush

Dishwasher Detergent

x

x

 

x

 

 

 

powdered citric acid and Kosher salt

Dishwasher Rinse Aid

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Wipes

x

 

x

 

 

x

 

microfiber cloths

All-purpose Cleaner (Spray)

 

 

x

 

 

 

x

water and essential oils for scented cleaner

Carpet Cleaner

x

 

 

x

 

 

 

water

Comments

Tiffany from New Jersey on February 24, 2016:

Since the video "does not exist", what are the steps?

Tif on February 16, 2016:

Video "does not exist"...? ☹️

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 07, 2012:

What a great idea!

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2012:

Castile soap should be easy for you to find, good luck with making your own wipes!

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2012:

CyberShelley-glad you enjoyed the hub. I will be posting more about homemade cleaning products so be sure to check back often.

chrissieklinger (author) from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2012:

Angela when you look at the label and realize that 99% is completely unknown chemicals it makes you think twice about letting your children use the product. You can also get fancy microfiber towels to in order to make the cleaning wipes more attractive to use!

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on May 29, 2012:

This is a very good idea. I had not thought of doing this, despite the fact I do have my daugter use our other wipes that do have harmful chemicals.

LauraGSpeaks from Raleigh, NC on May 29, 2012:

Great idea! Voted up and useful.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on May 27, 2012:

I'm going to start making my wipes straight away! Such a useful Hub.

Voting and many thanks

Shelley Watson on May 27, 2012:

Wow Chrissieklinger, Thank you for going to all this trouble - a wonderful, informative hub that I will keep coming back to. voted up.

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