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How to Make DIY Disinfectant Wipes With Just 3 Ingredients

 The Coronavirus Pandemic has been terrorizing people around the world for months now, and essential cleaning supplies are still in shortage in many places around the world, with things like soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes flying off the shelves in a blink of an eye. And even when these products are made available in stores, the prices of these essentials are often wound up so high that buying them can be a luxury for many people.
This is why we have compiled this article featuring 3 easy, affordable, and safe ways to make DIY disinfectant wipes, both single-use and reusable so that you don’t have to empty your wallet while protecting yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 and other dangerous germs.
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These disinfectant wipes are portable, so you can bring them with you when you go outside, and you can easily keep a package of wipes in different rooms at home to always remember to wipe down doorknobs, tables, and other surfaces in your home. Best of all, these recipes never feature any fancy ingredients, so that you can easily make these wipes using things you already have at home.
Do keep in mind, however, that some of these recipes involve working with chemicals like bleach, and we’d like to remind you to always wear protective gloves and execute caution when working with chemicals in order to avoid skin and eye irritation, or bleach stains on clothing. Don’t touch your face while working with bleach, and wash your hands thoroughly after using it. Never mix bleach with other chemicals, as this can create toxic fumes - to learn more, click here: House Cleaners You Should Never Mix to Avoid Toxic Fumes.

Equipment

DIY Disinfectant Wipes cleaning supplies

You'll need a container and tools in order to do this recipe, namely:

  • A tall airtight container with a lid, large enough to fit half a roll of paper towels (or cloths, depending on the recipe). You can reuse an empty container of cleaning wipes if you have one on hand.
  • A mixing bowl.
  • A kitchen knife.
  • Rubber gloves.

Please keep in mind that the first two recipes will contain bleach, which isn't suitable for cleaning all surfaces, such as wood and granite. To read more about cleaning with bleach, we direct you to a previous article: How to Use Bleach to Disinfect Surfaces.

Recipe 1: Disposable Wipes With Bleach

DIY Disinfectant Wipes
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Ingredients

¼ cup regular bleach (or ⅙ cup concentrated bleach)
½  gallon of water
1 roll of paper towels

Directions

Once you have laid out all the ingredients and tools and put on protective gloves, follow these instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the water and bleach, set aside.

2. Cut a roll of paper towels in two as shown in the picture above. 

3. Put the paper towel into the container, making sure you will be able to close the container.

4. Pour the water and bleach mixture over the paper towels. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then pull out the middle cardboard part of the paper towels. You will be able to pull out one piece of the towel at a time, just like a usual Clorox wipe or the like.

5. Now your DIY disinfectant wipes are ready for use. Seal the container and keep closed and away from pets and children at all times.

Recipe 2: Reusable Wipes With Bleach

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The main advantage of this method is that you can easily wash the cloths in the washing machine after use, and reuse them the following day.

Ingredients

¼ cup regular bleach (or ⅙ cup concentrated bleach).
½  gallon of water.
Several small pieces of cloth*.

*You can use any cloths in this recipe. Microfiber cloths like the ones in the picture below work well, but so do other cleaning cloths and even old T-shirts you no longer use cut up into small squares.

DIY Disinfectant Wipes microfiber cloth

Directions

Once you have laid out all the ingredients and tools and put on protective gloves, follow these instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the water and bleach, set aside.

2. Lay the pieces of cloth flat and stack one on top of each other, or roll each one, depending on the container you're using. If you have a tall glass jar or any tall container, it's best to roll them, but if you're using a flatter container, it would be more convenient to lay them flat.

3. Put the cloths into the container, making sure you will be able to close the container.

4. Pour the water and bleach mixture over the cloths. Let the mixture be absorbed by the cloths by allowing it to sit for 5 minutes before using it.

5. Seal the container and keep closed and away from pets and children at all times.

Recipe 3: DIY Alcohol Wipes

DIY Disinfectant Wipes
Image Source: Abi Porter/ Flickr
This recipe doesn't use bleach, so you will be able to these wipes on most surfaces in your home: to wipe down granite and marble countertops, children's toys, cellphones, etc. Alcohol is used as the disinfectant agent in this recipe, and experts and doctors have found that it is effective at killing the novel coronavirus and other germs when used in the right concentrations.

To make alcohol-based disinfectant wipes at home, follow the same instructions we listed in the previous sections, simply replacing the bleach and water solution we used in the previous recipes with 70% rubbing alcohol or 140+ proof grain alcohol. Do not dilute the alcohol and make sure the container you use can be shut airtight, as alcohol will evaporate and make the wipes ineffective otherwise.

Related Article: 7 Items You Might Be Disinfecting the Wrong Way

Storage

The storage guidelines for all these disinfectant wipes are the same: if keep them in an airtight container between uses, they will remain effective at killing the Novel Coronavirus and other germs for 24 hours. We recommend making smaller batches so that you can use them up within a day. If you'd like to take these wipes with you, you can transfer some of them in a ziplock bag.

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