Are you interested in making your own home disinfectant wipes but aren’t sure how to do it?
While it’s easy to purchase disinfectant wipes from the store, a lot of name-brand disinfectant wipes contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Plus, making homemade disinfectant wipes is easy, and it saves you money.
But how do you make homemade disinfectant wipes? Check out this guide to learn how it’s done.
Gather the Right Ingredients
To make your wipes, you first need to gather the right ingredients. If you plan to make disposable wipes, here’s what you need:
- Gloves for bleaching
- A roll of paper towels
- 1/2 cup of bleach
- Gallon of water
If you want to make reusable wipes, here’s what you need:
- Microfiber kitchen cloths
- 1 gallon of water
- 1/2 cup of bleach
- Tall airtight container
Before you start to mix your ingredients, make sure the bleach you’re using hasn’t passed its expiration date. Also, remember that you need to be very careful when handling bleach, as it’s a powerful product that could harm you if used incorrectly.
In addition to wearing gloves, avoid rubbing your nose and eyes when handling bleach. Also, keep in mind that bleach can stain clothes, so we suggest wearing an old apron or T-shirt when doing this project.
Making the Disinfectant Wipes
Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, it’s time to make the disinfectant wipes. Here’s what you need to do:
- Set up a clean surface for your materials away from pets and children
- Put on your gloves and pour the water into the airtight container
- Add the bleach to the container (you may need to add a bit less than 1/2 cup depending on the strength of bleach you use)
- Place the microfiber cloths or paper towels in the solution and allow them to soak for 5 minutes
- Pour the excess bleach solution into a spray bottle (this can be used for cleaning surfaces or for making more wipes later on)
After doing this, it’s time to use your disinfectant wipes. After wiping down a surface, wait at least five minutes before touching it, as this will give the solution enough time to kill any lingering viruses.
If you’re using the wipes to clean something that will come in close contact with someone else (i.e., a toy or kitchen utensil), rinse the item off in warm water five minutes after disinfecting it.
Storing Disinfectant Wipes and Other Tips
If you’re using disposable wipes, you can throw them in the trash immediately after using them. Reusable wipes can be stored in an airtight container.
Also, if you don’t have any bleach in your home, you can use alcohol as a disinfectant. You can follow the same steps using 70% rubbing alcohol or 140-proof alcohol. If you want, you can also add a pinch of freshly squeezed lemon to your solution for a better scent.
If you’re using your wipes to clean a surface that’s possibly been infected by COVID, check out these steps to take.
Time to Make Your Homemade Disinfectant Wipes
Now that you know how to make homemade disinfectant wipes, it’s time to get started. With these wipes, you can save time and money, and help the environment.
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