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Reusable DIY Disinfecting Wipes

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Ditch the landfill-destined cleaning wipes, and instead make your own reusable DIY Disinfecting Wipes. It’s another step towards being zero-waste, and uses an all-natural solution!

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Back in the early years of our marriage, my husband and I used to spend a lot of money on those Clorox disposable cleaning wipes. You just can’t beat the convenience of them when you need to clean up a yucky spill!

But as we educated ourselves more on the need to be careful with what products we brought into our home, we made the switch from the conventional brand to an all-natural brand of cleaning wipes. While we were happy with the non-toxic ingredients, we were definitely not as happy with the premium price. Eventually, the price, combined with our desire to live a more waste-free lifestyle, stopped us from buying disposable cleaning wipes all together.

Woman using a DIY Disinfecting Wipe to clean a counter.

We used rags and spray for a while, but we eventually landed on an even better replacement totally by happenstance—flannel baby wipes! We used flannel baby wipes while cloth diapering our daughter, and pretty quickly we realized that those reusable wipes were good for more than just cleaning our kid.

Soon enough, we had a baby wipe container in the nursery AND in the kitchen. The only difference was the solution that was on the wipes. The solution we used for cloth diapering was incredibly moisturizing—great for skin, but not so great when you have a greasy countertop—so I went to work developing a cleaning-only wipe solution.

I did a lot of research on the solution to find a combination that would (1) clean, (2) disinfect, and (3) not damage any of our surfaces, and we’ve been very happy with the final result. It probably goes without saying, but this solution should NOT be used on any skin—and definitely not your baby’s skin.

Woman's hands pulling DIY Disinfecting Wipes out of a dispenser.

Cleaning Wipes that are Safe for Marble or Granite Countertops

We use these wipes on glass, stainless steel, sealed wood, and solid surface countertops without any issue. I have not tested these wipes on any sort of natural stone countertops. However, my research indicates that all ingredients should be safe for marble, granite, or other natural stone. I do recommend testing an inconspicuous spot whenever using any new product (even a homemade one) on natural stone countertops.

What You’ll Need to Make All-Natural Disinfecting Cleaning Wipes

There is a full printable recipe at the bottom of this article that I recommend you keep with your cleaning supplies, but let’s break down the materials first. Here’s what you’ll need:

1- or 2-ply flannel baby wipes (8” x 8” wide) :: These are a breeze to make if you own a sewing machine or a serger, or they are also widely available on Amazon. We used single-ply wipes for diapering with good luck, but prefer two-ply wipes for cleaning.

Woman in a pink shirt holding out a square flannel wipe to use as a cleaning wipe

Liquid Castile soap (i.e. Dr. Bronner’s) :: The actual “cleaning” part of these cleaning wipes!

Rubbing alcohol :: This disinfects your surfaces. Yes, it does have a strong smell, but it dissipates very quickly.

Tea tree essential oil, optional :: This also helps with disinfecting, and especially helps to hamper mold growth. We use this in the mixture when it’s very humid in our house to keep the wipes smelling fresh in the container.

Lavender essential oil, optional :: This leaves a calming, floral scent behind after cleanup, but lavender is also a great natural antimicrobial.

A baby wipe container :: You can reuse one that had disposable wipes in it before, or purchase one of the reusable ones. This is the one we have and use.

All-Natural Disinfecting Cleaning Wipes Tutorial

Now that you know what you need, let’s dig into the super simple tutorial for making these all-natural cleaning wipes.

Step 1: Combine 1 cup warm filtered or distilled water with 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap and 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol.

Woman in a pink shirt whisking together a cleaning solution for DIY Disinfecting Wipes

Step 2 : Add in tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil, if using.

Woman in a pink shirt pouring essential oils into a glass measuring cup that has a whisk sitting in it.

Step 3: Fold wipes into container, and then pour solution over to saturate.

Woman's hands pouring a glass measuring cup of cleaning solution over a container of reusable wipes.

And that’s it! You’re ready to clean. If it takes you awhile to get through your wipes, you might have to reactivate them by pouring in a touch of warm water to replace what has evaporated.

Woman using a reusable cleaning wipe to clean a stovetop.

These go through our regular wash with our other towels, napkins, and rags. We easily fit 20 two-ply wipes in the container we use, and obviously, if you go with single-ply you can fit double that (or even more). A set of 20 seems to get us through about a week’s worth of regular kitchen cleaning. Happy cleaning!

Reusable DIY Disinfecting Wipes

Reusable DIY Disinfecting Wipes

Yield: 20 2-ply wipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ditch the landfill-destined cleaning wipes, and instead make your own reusable DIY Disinfecting Wipes. It’s another step towards being zero-waste, and uses an all-natural solution!



    1. Fold the baby wipes and place them in the baby wipe container. Set aside.
    2. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the water, liquid Castille soap, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils. Pour over the baby wipes to saturate. 

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Lija Wills

    Thank you for this fabulous recipe. Can’t wait to buy my flannel and do it. I’ve been working towards a zero-waste lifestyle, so I’m really glad I found your site.

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