DIY Cleaning Wipes: Safe, Cheap, and Easy

DIY Cleaning Wipes: Safe, Cheap, and Easy

We have never used those prepackaged cleaning wipes in our house, but now that I’m cleaning up after a messy toddler’s meals three times a day, I can see the appeal. I use these DIY cleaning wipes to keep my one-year-old’s high chair tray clean, and they work great!

Why make DIY cleaning wipes?

Of course, it would be easier to just drop a few bucks on a container of Clorox wipes, but those things are bad news, and I don’t want nasty chemicals like chlorinated bleach anywhere near my baby.

More green cleaning recipes: Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner, Organic Laundry Sachet, DIY Dryer Sheets, How to Clean Your Blender, How to Deodorize Reclaimed Glass Jars

The tutorial below is one that I wrote for Crafting a Green World’s Spring Cleaning Week, and I wanted to share it here since I know a lot of you are concerned about toxic chemicals in your homes. I hope you love these DIY cleaning wipes as much as I do!

DIY Cleaning Wipes to Disinfect Naturally

originally published at Crafting a Green World

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Prepackaged disinfecting wipes are full of toxic chemicals. Disinfect naturally with these homemade cleaning wipes that cost a fraction of the price!

Hey guys! Welcome to Spring Cleaning Week at Crafting a Green World. I’m so excited to share this recipe for homemade cleaning wipes, and I’ve got a DIY soft scrub recipe coming on Friday. Happy cleaning!

Commercial disinfectant wipes use chemicals like bleach and triclosan to kill bacteria. Those chemicals are definitely good at what they do, but the impacts on the environment and on our own health are not worth it. You can read up on the problems with triclosan here and learn more about the trouble with bleach here.

OK! So we got the bad news out of the way, but there’s good news too! You can make your own homemade cleaning wipes that disinfect without polluting water, damaging muscle function, or disrupting hormones. They’re easy to make, and they cost less than the ones you buy at the store. BOOM! Get the recipe below.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes


  • 1/2 yard organic flannel fabric or old t-shirts
  • sewing machine, serger, or pinking shears
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons liquid castille soap, like Dr. Bronner’s
  • 20-30 drops lemon oil (depending on how lemony you want it to smell)
  • mason jar or other clean, glass jar that’s a similar size
  • our Homemade Cleaning Wipes printable label, optional
  • double-sided tape, optional
  • packing tape, optional


1. Cut your flannel fabric into 15 6? squares. Use your sewing machine’s zigzag stitch or your serger to finish off the raw edges. You can also cut these out with pinking shears and skip the sewing all together! To make the wipe below, I cut a t-shirt and a piece of vintage linen to around 6? square, then serged them together, right sides out. You can also use rags or even plain old cut up t-shirts to make your wipes!

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

2. Place the wipes in a bowl large enough to hold them all. In a separate bowl, combine the water, soap, and lemon oil. Stir well, and pour the mixture over your wipes in the large bowl. Make sure the wipes get totally saturated, then wring out the excess liquid.

3. Store the wipes rolled up in your mason jar. Rolling them makes it easier to grab a single wipe when you need it.

4. If you’re using our printable label, print and cut it out, then wrap it around your mason jar, using the double-sided tape to secure it in place. Cover the label with a piece of packing tape to protect it (mostly) from moisture damage, and you’re ready to go!

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7 comments on “DIY Cleaning Wipes: Safe, Cheap, and Easy
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  2. I’m assuming you save up the used ones, wash them, and re-dampen them? Do you go through the jar quickly enough that they don’t ever become moldy or musty? The sample is two-sided — do you usually make them with two layers or one?

    • Yes, definitely! Use, wash, dry, reuse. :D I haven’t had a must or mold problem, but that’s a great point. I’ve always made them in small batches. You can really use and rags you have. I have those two-sided ones that I made but a cut up towel or cut up old tee also works fine. Let me know what you end up doing! I love seeing my projects in the wild.

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