I love disposable wipes. I really love disposable homemade wipes. I still use my reusable cleaning wipes to clean the house. They are perfect for wiping down the refrigerator or the counters. This lazy homemaker wipes stuff down and just tosses the dirty wipe into the washing machine.
Making my own cleaning wipes is a huge money saver. But, I was still buying cheap, generic wipes for use at the gym. To be fair, the LA Fitness I belong to is exceptionally clean. Every single time I am in the gym I see at least one person cleaning–no matter what time I go to work out.
But, gyms are filthy by nature. Each machine is blessed with the sweat of whichever person last occupied it. Some people wipe down the machine after they use it but most don’t. My gym has several paper towel and germicidal foam stations throughout the facility. But I personally don’t want to trek to the station each time I move over to the next machine. I carry a canister of wipes with me so I can quickly wipe down a machine before and after I use it and move to the next one.
Even using generic wipes is an expense that I can do without. So I decided to save some money and make some cleaning wipes using a natural recipe to bring with me to the gym.
Materials needed for the homemade sanitizing wipes:
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3/4-1 cup hydrogen peroxide
3 drops melaleuca essential oil aka tea tree oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
old wipes canister
Krylon looking glass spray paint (optional)
Optional tough gym wipes canister:
I like to feel strong at the gym. Normally I upcycle my DIY wipes canisters with pretty contact paper. This time I opted to spray paint it with looking glass spray. I wanted my wipes to be camouflaged among the metal weights and weight machines! I’m not pretty when I work out. I’m tough!
Instructions for homemade gym wipes:
Grab a roll of paper towels. I grabbed a roll that was half used because of my skinny canister.
Cut the paper towels in half with a sharp knife.
Squeeze them into the canister with the paper towel roll still in it.
Add three drops of tea tree oil and two drops of lemon oil into 3/4 cups of peroxide.
Pour into the canister.
Shake to distribute it throughout the paper towel roll.
Pull out the cardboard center.
Gently pull up the center paper towel. Wipes will dispense from the center.
Voila! Now you are ready to wipe off that big guy’s butt sweat before you begin your lat pull down set!
Hydrogen peroxide kills germs from hard surfaces.
I also added tea tree oil because it is a natural disinfectant and antifungal. Lemon oil cuts the smell of the tea tree oil and is also a disinfectant.
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