DIY Disinfecting Wipes

*This post was originally share in early 2014, but it is now updated and expanded! It may contain affiliate links. For more info, read my disclosure policy.

In the past year or so I’ve made the switch to safer, more natural cleaning products for my home. The perfumes and chemicals in regular products give me a serious headache.. So much that I have to walk quickly and hold my breath going down that aisle at the store!

DIY Disinfecting Wipes

One of my favorite DIY cleaning recipes are these DIY disinfecting wipes. They are so easy to put together and I like that they are totally safe.. no nasty chemicals! I can count on them to clean and disinfect my house. They work great for wiping down counters, sinks, doorknobs, light switches, and such.

Here’s how to make your own!

You’ll need:

Cut paper towels down to fit in your container.. the deepest one I had would hold slightly less than half a roll of paper towels.

Set out your container and add the water.

Then add the vinegar and essential oil into the container. 5 to 10 drops of essential oil is plenty for disinfecting power and to cover up some of the vinegar smell. Lemon is my favorite, but I also like to use the Purify blend, On Guard blend, and Wild Orange.

diy wipes - soak in vinegar eo

Next, put the paper towels in and let them soak for several minutes.

Put the lid on, flip the container upside down, and let sit for another 5 to 10 minutes.

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Remove the lid and pull wipes from the center.

And then get to work cleaning! :-)

I like to keep these in the kitchen since I use them most to clean up my counter tops. I’ll be honest, cutting the paper towels apart is no fun.. but it’s totally worth it and I’m always glad that I took the time to make another batch of these.

What are your favorite green cleaning tips?


  1. Looks easy enough! Thanks for sharing this tip. It’s especially helpful with people cooped up with their germs this time of year!
    Lisa recently posted…LIFE THROUGH THE WORDMy Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by! It is especially helpful this time of year when you want to easily be able to wipe everything down to kill germs!

  2. That is GREAT advice! Never would have thought that it could be this easy. Thank you!

    • So glad you liked the idea, Joanna! Hope you have a chance to make them too. Thank you for visiting!

    • Thanks for visiting and pinning, Jessica! Baby wipes is a great idea, too! I bet they can be made in a very similar way.

  3. I’ve read that vinegar disinfects as well as bleach. Don’t know if it’s true, but I’d always rather use vinegar.
    Patti recently posted…Swim, Baby, Swim!My Profile

    • Vinegar does work great as a cleaner and disinfectant! The essential oil really gives that a boost, too. Thanks for stopping by!
      Laura recently posted…Simple Vanilla CakeMy Profile

    • I love cleaning with vinegar too and they really do come in handy! Thanks so much for visiting!
      Laura recently posted…Simple Vanilla CakeMy Profile

    • I’d love to know what you think of them once you make your own! Thanks for stopping by :-)

    • Yes, they are awesome! Thanks for stopping by :-)

    • I love a clean counter too! These work so great for quick clean ups like that. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Fabulous idea, Laura! I’m sharing this on FB today and know my readers will love this great idea. Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah Ann recently posted…50 Ways to Beat the Winter BluesMy Profile

    • Thanks so much for sharing!! :-)

    • I love how they’re so much cheaper to make than buy! Thanks for visiting.

  5. Thanks for this post! Can’t wait to try it out!

  6. I would have loved a whole bunch of these when I fell victim to the flu last month. I love chemical free cleaning options. Sharing on FB!
    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. recently posted…Easy Omelette MuffinsMy Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by and pinning! They are awesome, I haven’t bought any since I discovered how to make them myself.

  7. I use vinegar in a spray bottle, and just spray surfaces as needed, then wipe with dry paper towels. Is there a specific reason to have paper towels pre- soak in the solution before using? I haven’t tried adding essential oil. I would like to try that.
    Mila recently posted…Eggplant Orzo Bake with Italian sausageMy Profile

    • Yes, essential oil really adds a nice germ-killing boost. Using the solution in a spray bottle would definitely work too – I just like having the convenience of grabbing a wipe ready-made. Thanks for stopping by!



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