I’ll be implementing a weekly series starting today. Each week, I will either come up with a homemade natural alternative to household products, or I will feature something that I’ve found on another blog.
This week, I made some homemade all natural cleaning wipes as an alternative to disinfecting wipes.
I love using Clorox wipes to clean off the bathroom sink and counter, but I go through a box fast and I know there are potentially harmful or toxic ingredients that I’d rather not use especially with little kiddos around that get into everything.
I decided to come up with a frugal and natural alternative.
Here’s what you need:
Not much explanation required, but this is what I did:
1. Cut up some old T-shirts. Use something knit because it won’t fray when you wash it.
2. Put the cut up shirt rectangles into an old wipes container (or any container that works for you).
3. Add about 2 Tbs of Dr. Bronner’s soap
(I love the peppermint scent) and about 1 cup of water (just until shirts are moistened).
4. Pull one out and clean away!
5. Wash the dirty wipes and reuse! (I was mine along with our dishtowels about once a week and they have held up great so far)
*Also, if you have another natural (or non-natural-whatever floats your boat) soap that you like, I’m sure you could just dilute it with water and do the same thing. I’m just sharing what works for me and what I have come up with. Feel free to make your own solution!*
*So far, I haven’t made huge batches of wipes. I have just put enough wipes in that I will use in about a week and then just refill as needed. This has prevented mildew and mold for me.
It may be way easier for a lot of you just to clean the sink with a sponge and spray cleaner rather than going to this trouble. For me, I know that I will clean the sink more often if it’s in this easy container on the counter. Sad, but true. Do what works for you.
Another idea I have is to make another one for the kitchen and use the wipes to wash off the kids faces and hands after dinner. I am always running out of wash cloths and end up wetting down a paper towel to wash them off, which is such a waste.
* A word about Dr. Bronner’s soap
if you aren’t familiar with it. This product is amazing, you need to try it! You can use it as a body wash, shampoo, floor cleaner, dish soap, all purpose spray and the list goes on and on. You can buy a 32oz. bottle on Amazon
for about $15. This might sound expensive, but I’ve had my 32 oz. bottle for over a year and still have about 1/3 of it left!
Stay tuned next week for another homemade natural idea!