After organizing and cleaning out our linen closet, I ended up with a few towels that weren’t fit for donation. But I hate to add to the growing mountain of waste in our landfills. So I decided to use pieces of old cloth to make DIY reusable cleaning wipes. Wipes have grown in popularity because of their convenience — and they really are convenient!
I cut up the towels into small six inch squares and stuffed into a recycled Clorox Wipes container.
I figured these can help with quick and tough clean up jobs while I am doing my spring cleaning and decluttering.
- They come in handy when emptying cupboards. I can grab a DIY cleaning wipe and quickly wipe down the shelves.
- The wipes are also great for refrigerator spills.
- I use them to spot clean baseboards.
- When the grill or table on the porch are dirty, I grab one of these old wipes.
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I still use Clorox wipes or my alcohol wipes for quick disinfecting jobs, like wiping down the cell phone, remote controls, game controls, light switches etc. But disposable wipes are costly. These reusable cleaning wipes can be tossed in the washer or tossed in the garbage if I wipe up something really nasty.
I know that mixing a bucket of cleaning solution and using a rag doesn’t take that much time, I do feel that little conveniences can cut down on total cleaning time making the whole process more efficient. And I hate lugging around a full bucket or having to walk back and forth to the sink to wring out my rag.
Remember that my goal is homemaking smarter not harder, so that I have more time to spend doing crafts or spending time with my family.
There are two versions I am making for my reusable cleaning wipes.
I have an extra strength version to use as I deep clean using store bought cleaning solution.
Reusable Disinfecting and Cleaning Wipes
- Recycled Wipes Container
- Store Bought Cleaning Solution, I like Lysol or Meyers Clean Day Multi Surface Cleaner
- Contact Paper (optional)
- Heavy Duty Scissors
Stuff the rags in the old wipes container.
Mixed 2 cups of hot water with 1 cup of cleaning solution.
Pour over rags until you reach your desired amount of “wetness.”
Use as needed!
Want to make even more effective reusable wipes?
Instead of the rags, use microfiber cloths. Microfiber is engineered to pick up and “collect” germs and dirt. While I prefer to make my own
Homemade Natural Cleaning Solution option – not for use on granite/marble/stone tile
This is the recipe I would use for greasy messes.
- 1 Cup of Distilled White Vinegar (replace vinegar with rubbing alcohol for natural stone surfaces)
- 2-4 drops of tea tree oil
- 2-4 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 1.5 cups hot water
- a squirt (after mixing everything else) of Blue Dawn or lemishine dish soap
*Note: Liquid dish soap should go in last or you will have a bubble catastrophe.
Pour over the rags in the container.
DIY Cleaning Wipes that can be Used on Granite, Stone, Tile
See above recipe but replace the vinegar with Rubbing Alcohol!
How I cut down on waste and save money by making my own DIY reusable cleaning wipes. To disinfect a surface, make sure to thoroughly wet the area being cleaned. Allow to stay wet for 5-10 minutes. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
No Sew DIY Reusable Cleaning Wipes
How I cut down on waste and save money by making my own DIY reusable cleaning wipes.
To disinfect a surface, make sure to thoroughly wet the area being cleaned. Allow to stay wet for 5-10 minutes.
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To aid in efficient laundering of the used cleaning wipes, I bought a cheap small garbage can from the dollar store that I have on top of the dryer. It also separates the super dirty wipes from our other laundry.
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When done with the wipes I just toss them in the small garbage can. Once filled, I wash them all at once and make a new batch of wipes.
When I am done with my fall cleaning and decluttering project I will make these wipes with the above solutions but using half a roll of paper towels, in similar fashion that I use in my homemade flushable wipes recipe.
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Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife says
I so need to make these! I bought a huge pack from Sams for cold and flu season but I will still make these asap! I would love if you would stop by and share on my Friday Favorites linkup!
I get the disposable ones for illness too but use the reusable ones for normal every day cleaning! I will definitely stop by and share 🙂
Handyman, Crafty Woman says
Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Thank you for sharing your tutorial on how to make reusable cleaning wipes. LOVE the decorative tub! Feel free to stop by the website and pick up your “I’ve Been Featured!” button.
I like that natural option a lot! I use something similar in a spray bottle but I didn’t’ think of making wipes!
I have some in a spray bottle too but the little wipes are pretty handy for quick jobs!
I saw this on Wonderful Wednesday and I had to click over to say what a great idea. I like the homemade solution, though my husband might balk if the smell is to vinegar-y.
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The vinegar smell fades quickly but it can be strong. :). I have seen other recipes that use alcohol instead of vinegar. I haven’t had a chance to try it though! I want to try peroxide too.
I’m with you that I appreciate every little convenience and love your reusable cleaning wipes. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the Inspire Us Thursday Link Party on Organized 31.
Thank you susan!
Rabia @TheLiebers says
I use that vinegar and essential oil recipe in a squirt bottle. I subbed wild orange instead of tea tree because that’s what was right next to me. I have tea tree oil somewhere too. I suppose when I find it I can alternate between the two.
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I bet that wild orange smells better. Does it have the same disinfecting and anti mold properties?
Love this idea! We use Clorox wipes all the time, this would be a great way to save some money!
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