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Here’s a Quick Way to Make the Best Disinfectant Wipes

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Inside: I show you how to make the best disinfectant wipes with common household items you probably have sitting around right now!

Learning how to make my own disinfecting wipes started as an easy way to save money, but now it’s saving me from the stress and hassle of finding them in stores or online.

Today I’m sharing the quick tutorial that I’ve used for years.

The best part is, you can make these wipes using items you probably have sitting on your shelves already!

Here’s What You’ll Need

Homemade disinfectant wipes sit on a counter next to Lysol cleaner.

How To Make DIY Disinfecting Wipes

  1. Cut your paper towel roll in half right in the middle (I use a bread knife for the job).
  2. Squish the half roll into the container.
  3. Fill up the measuring cup with 1.5 cups hot water (you can use less if you want the solution to be more concentrated).
  4. Add the cleaner until you get 2 cups of liquid total. Mix well.
  5. Pour the cleaning solution over the paper towel half in the container.
  6. Cover the container with its lid and let it sit for 2 minutes.
  7. Remove the container’s lid, pull out the brown paper towel center, and pull up the center wipe for use.

**The great thing about this tutorial is that you can use any cleaner you’d like. If you’re looking for specific cleaners that will kill Covid-19, please refer to the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

And that’s all there is to it! Check out my video tutorial below if you’re a more visual learner like myself and want to see the steps in real-time.


My paper towels are disintegrating! What happened?

One of two things could have happened:

1. You used cheap paper towels. You’ll need the heavy-duty, two-ply paper towels for these wipes to work correctly.

2. You put too much liquid on the paper towels. I’ve found that 2 cups of liquid is the perfect amount to saturate the paper towels without causing them to break down.

How can I stop the wipes from ripping when I pull them out?

Paper towels aren’t as durable as regular Clorox or Lysol wipes because they’re not made of a woven cloth. You’ll need to be gentle when you pull them out.

If they’re ripping when you pull them out, get a few out of the container so you have room to grab them further down so they don’t rip.

Do DIY disinfecting wipes really work?

Yes! As long as you’re using a disinfecting cleaner.

If you’re using dish soap or vinegar, these wipes will be great for cleaning, but they won’t disinfect any surfaces.

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Woman cleans door knob with DIY cleaning wipes.

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Your Turn

Have you made these DIY disinfectant wipes before or do you plan to now? Let me know in the comments!

Make these DIY disinfecting wipes for $5!


Sunday 30th of May 2021

I followed your instructions and recycled a used wipe container. Works perfectly!

Jessica Ashcroft

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

That is a great idea Jan! I'm so glad you liked it!