Homemade Cleaning Wipes
Do you have the ongoing struggle of “cheap and convenient” vs. “better for family and Earth”?
I do. I especially love those no-brainer cleaning wipes, but they are NOT great for the environment and usually contain chemicals that are harsh (I had a case of contact dermatitis from one). So here is my answer to this conundrum: Make your own cleaning wipes. It’s less expensive and more enviro-practical (is that a word? I think I just made that up 🙂 ) than conventional wipes once you have your supplies set up. I think it is well worth the minute or two of set-up work. Here’s what I did:
I’ve put several wash rags that have seen better days in an old baby wipes container (left over from the Munchkin) and soaked them in a cleaning solution that is not so harsh for my fam and me. I can get a lot of cleaning miles out of one wash rag and, when it is done I just chunk it in the washing machine (Sometimes it helps to mark the wash rag as a ‘cleaner’ in some way so it does not end up in the ‘regular’ pile).
To do this, you can follow one of the three recipes below. Just make enough solution to keep the wipes moist, not soaked. If you do put too much in, no worries, drain out excess liquid or squeeze the wipes a bit to adjust.
~ Use equal parts white vinegar and tap water.
~ Use 1: 1/2 parts water and an environmentally safe multipurpose cleaner ( I like Mrs. Meyer’s… they all smell so good!).
~ Use a 2:1:1/2 ratio of water, white vinegar and isopropyl alcohol.
~ Make a 3:1 solution of water and any disinfecting/antimicrobial product. I like using a scented antibacterial hand soap.
Now have fun cleaning house!