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DIY Disinfecting Spray and Wipes

Since mid-March when Coronavirus ramped up, whenever I go to make my grocery pick up order, instead of it saying "add to cart" on my staple cleaning items it now says "out of stock" followed by "no substitution found".  I told my husband to keep an eye out for some disinfecting wipes if he made any stops to and from work.  One day he came home with two containers, jackpot!!  Then I saw the price tag of his gas station purchase, yikes!  

If this sounds familiar, now you can make your own disinfecting spray and wipes with safe, effective ingredients you probably already have on hand!  Here are two recipes for disinfecting cleaner and wipes, one with bleach and the other with alcohol.  Both recipes could work as a spray or wipes.  Another option would be to make homemade wipes from a spray cleaner or concentrate as those seem to be better stocked in stores.

DIY ALL PURPOSE CLEANER.  This is a vinegar free option that is safe on natural stone countertops.  The acid in vinegar may etch the surface over time.

(photo courtesy of and recipe adapted from


-2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol or (60% + alcohol content) vodka or Everclear (rubbing alcohol will have a more medicinal scent)
-1 1/2 cups water
-1/4  teaspoon castile or dish soap
-(optional) 10 drops of a powerful essential oil like lavender or tea tree, both have antiviral and antibacterial properties.

-measuring cup
-measuring spoon
-FUNNEL – this just makes it easier to pour liquid ingredients into a spray bottle

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and CLEAN!


-Thick paper towels
-2 tbsp. bleach
-2 cups distilled water
-(optional) 10 drops of a powerful essential oil like lavender or tea tree, both have antiviral and antibacterial properties.
-Airtight container or recycle your store-bought wipe container

Time needed: 15 minutes.

1. Cut paper towels
Use a serrated knife to cut thick paper towel roll in half.

2. Mix ingredients
In a bowl mix 2 tbsp. bleach, 2 cups distilled water and 10 drops of essential oil. Then pour this over the cut paper towels so it can absorb.

3. Soak
Allow paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible, then remove the middle piece of cardboard.

4. Package
Put roll of soaked paper towels into a container and pour liquid left in the bowl over the top. Seal container so they stay moist and don’t evaporate.

(photos courtesy of and recipe adapted from The Typical Mom)

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