Make Your Own Cleaning Wipes

Love the convenient cleaning wipes but hate the cost? Make your own. You need:

  1. Airtight container
  2. Paper towels (Quilted Bounty or Viva Scrub Cloths)
  3. Cleaning Solution
    (buy the larger economical cleaning solutions or the recipes below).


  1. Cut paper towels in half with serrated or electric knife.
  2. Place cut side down in airtight container.
  3. Pour cleaning solution over paper towels.
  4. Remove wet cardboard tube.
  5. Pull out wipes from center to use.
  6. If they begin to dry out, add more water or cleaning solution as necessary.

Cleaner Recipes

These recipes make about three cups of solution depending on the size and absorbency of the paper towels.

Window and Glass Wipes

2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tablespoon white vinegar

General Cleaning Wipes

1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water

Disinfectant Wipes

1/4 to 1/2 cup cleaning solution(Pine-Sol, Mr. Clean, etc.)
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cup water

Baby Wipes

1/2 cup baby oil
1/2 cup baby wash
2 cups water
(There are dozens of baby wipe recipes online)

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  1. Kathleen says:

    Robin, do you need to use a certain brand of paper towel? I can just imagine a roll of paper towels disintegrating after being drenched in cleaning solution.

  2. Robin says:

    Opps. Thanks Kathleen. I added Viva and Bounty work.

  3. I LOVE wipes . . . once wrote a very meaningful tribute to them on my blog-slow week. Thanks, I’m going to try them.

  4. Jerri says:

    I love cleaning wipes, and I’ve been looking at recipes for homemade cleaners, but I never would have thought of making my own wipes. Great post!

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  6. Layla says:

    I’ve actually been thinking about implementing the same practices in my home and residential cleaning business. Great thoughts and thank you for the helpful information.

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  8. Clarke says:

    What about buying a scented chlorine bleach and mix equal parts of bleach and water in a spray bottle. Spary on surface to be cleaned and wipe dry with a piece of paper towel? Bleach is a great disinfectant.

  9. Bethany says:

    Hey there thank your for posting! I love wipes over sprays because sprays irritate my nose but I had no idea about making my own baby wipes! that is sooo awesome. I love the recipe and I like using essential oils for my little one and my home so you can totally add 1 drop to the recipe before adding to the towels and can use a mild almond oil instead of baby oil if you dont like the the baby oil smell. Thank you again I am soo using this!

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