How to Make Your Own Disinfectant Wipes

Updated on April 18, 2019
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I enjoy eating healthily by coming up with delicious recipes.

I love how handy disinfectant wipes are, but I really dislike anything disposable. Every time I threw one away, I swear I heard a tiny green fairy wailing in agony. Well, now she can dry her tears. Because I found a way to keep my handy disinfectant wipes, help the environment, and save money. Win-win...oh, and win!

Materials You'll Need

  • 1 used disinfectant wipe container
  • 1 package microfiber cloths or all-purpose cloths, (automotive section of Wal-Mart)
  • 40 drops essential oil, tea tree
  • 1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. First, take five cloths, lay them on top of each other, then tightly roll up the cloths.
  2. Stuff the them into your container the best you can.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar, and push the rags down to soak up the liquid.
  4. Put your 40 drops of tea tree oil into your 1/2 cup of water and pour into the container.
  5. Push the rags down again to soak up. Put the lid back on, and pull your cloths from the middle. Voila! You have your homemade, reusable disinfectant cloths!

Note: If you need to clean them, just wash the cloths in warm or hot cycle and tumble dry on high.

Why Tea Tree and Vinegar?

Tea tree and vinegar are all-natural and very effective disinfectants, especially tea tree, which has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

Where Can You Use These Wipes?

You can use these wipes for:

  • Cleaning up spills.
  • Wiping down kitchen counters.
  • Cleaning bathrooms and showers.
  • Mopping floors. (Just attach them onto your Swiffer as you would the disposable ones!)

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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      14 months ago

      Great useful tips. Sure will try to make my own wipes soon and let you know the feedback. As I am using disinfectant cleansing wipes to wipe out the dirt and germs, Here I got useful tips to make my own wipes. Thanks for sharing.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks Jakob!

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      Jakob Barry 

      8 years ago

      Awesome tip for everyone. Voting this up!

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks theclevercat! The best part is, these microfiber cloths also clean way better than the disposable ones. Before I had to use 2 or 3 for a messy job, now just 1.

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      Rachel Vega 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great idea! I have microfiber cloths up the wazoo but I never thought of setting them up like this. I am definitely going to do this. Voted UP!

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      Rodney Fagan 

      8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great idea, like it, and all for a World of GREEN.

    • urmilashukla23 profile image


      8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      What a great idea! Shared with friends. Voted up!

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      8 years ago from Melbourne

      Actually, we did some work for a cool bunch of people that sell a product that essentially turns water and small amount of salt into a disinfectant as strong as White King, only you wont have your insides burned out if you accidently drunk it.

      Their url was

      We got to play with their product for a week whilst copywriting their site... very impressive I must say!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Way to go HH, congratulations on a fantastic idea!

    • loveoflearning profile image


      8 years ago from U.S

      Wow, this is really a great idea! I love that it is all natural and reusable. Thank you for sharing.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      I'm so glad everyone is enjoying this hub :) Thanks johncimble, MarleneB, imatellmuva, Moon Shadow Lake, and homesteadbound!

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      8 years ago from Bangkok

      awesome :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is by far the best idea I have heard this year. I am like you about not wanting to do things that destroy the earth, but I also like convenience, so I will definitely do this.

    • imatellmuva profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      I have all of these items, and WILL put this into use! Thanks for sharing! Voted up and useful!!!

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      Moon Willow Lake 

      8 years ago

      Thank-you for the idea!

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      This is great. Congratulations on hub of the day!

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      8 years ago

      I use distilled white vinegar for lot of household chores, but I love your idea of using the cotton cloths and container for handi portable wipes! I really dislike the clorox wipes the supermarkets hand out - Next shopping trip I will bring my own. Thanks!

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      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Great idea! I'll have to get my daughter to save me a baby-wipes container. ;-)

      Oh--and congratulations on hub of the day!

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

    • WretchedRapture profile image


      8 years ago from California, USA

      Genius! Perhaps you can write a hub on making a cheap hand sanitizer, I'm sure your germaphobe readers like myself will appreciate that as well. Great hub.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks everyone for stopping by! :)

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      The Practical Mommy: Thanks for your comment, and tea tree oil has a very strong smell. It definitely overpowers the vinegar.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      CWB: I don't know but I think fairies probably have the prettiest mucus you ever saw. Thanks for the comment! (The HOD, total shock. I feel "famouser than even Captain Kangaroo" as Forrest would say.)

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Sustainyourmind: Another reason I wish I had a Trader's Joe around! Rosemary oil is one of my favorite scents. Thanks for your comment

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      neat idea. gby

    • rob_allen profile image


      8 years ago from MNL, PH

      Simple yet useful! This is such a brilliant idea. I think you really deserve the HOTD badge! Way to go! :)

    • Moms-Secret profile image


      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I am going to try this with t-shirts. I have many that would not have a use. Thank you!

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      Cindy A Johnson 

      8 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I love this idea. I'll definitely try this one. Thanks for the valuable info!

    • ThePracticalMommy profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      This is a very useful hub! I wonder: does the smell of the tea tree oil balance out the smell of the vinegar? I like to clean with vinegar but sometimes the smell gets to me.

      Congrats on the Hub of the Day!

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      8 years ago from Austin, TX

      Congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day! I can hardly wait to try this tip--voted up and useful!

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      Jim Higgins 

      8 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great Idea! I am on my way to the store for some tea tree oil! Everybody has vinegar.

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      Civil War Bob 

      8 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      If the tiny green fairy wipes her eyes AND blows her nose on one of your wipes, is throwing it out the best sanitary practice? Congrats on Hub of the Day!! ;)

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      8 years ago

      Great tip! I love tea tree oil. It has so many uses. My favorite is it's wart/mole removal properties. Trader Joe's actually has tea tree oil for pretty cheap. Thyme and Rosemary essential oils are also great disenfectants as well. They actually don't smell as strong as tea tree.

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      Carrie Smith 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is a very creative and useful idea! I love using antibacterial wipes since they are so convenient, but hated throwing them away too. This is a great solution. Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      Brilliant idea, useful and informative. VU :-)

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      8 years ago

      Very useful! I might give that a try. I have used tea tree soap as well as other products with it as an ingredient. Clever...................thanks!

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      L.L. Woodard 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City

      As you stated, this idea is an around winner. I like knowing exactly what are in the wipes I am using; no "mystery" ingredients here.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Claudia Tello 

      8 years ago from Mexico

      Thanks for caring for our planet and congratulations for your nomination as Hub of the Day.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      OMG!!!! When I saw that comment "congrats on hub of the day" I was like "HUH??!?!"

      I can't believe it. WOW!!!!

      Hubpages, you like me, YOU REALLY LIKE ME! Thanks everyone!!! :)

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      8 years ago

      This is such a clever tip! I love the idea, especially the part about drying those green fairy tears! Thank you for sharing :-)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      This is great! WOw, glad you thought of it. I love using wipes but can afford to keep buying them. This will save me a bunch of

      Congrats on making the hub of the day!

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      8 years ago

      I love those wipes too--but I love the idea of making my own EVEN MORE! Thanks so much for this great information. Congrats on Hub of the Day! Voted up :)

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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is an original idea and very environment friendly, too! Congratulations on winning Hub of the Day!

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      8 years ago

      This is such a great idea, I have always felt guilty

      as well using those handy wipes but had no idea how to use reusable items. Thanks for sharing!

    • kikalina profile image


      8 years ago from Europe

      Tea tree oil is also availabe on Amazon. You can also adapt this idea to make reusable baby wipes. I wrote a hub about ways to save and reuse baby wipes.

      Congrats on hub of the day.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      You're very welcome! :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      This is such a smart idea! My inner eco-friendly germ phobe thanks you!

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Suzie, thanks for stopping by! You can buy Tea Tree Oil at your local health food store, but I buy mine online in bulk. It's cheaper per oz. Here's a great website for essential oils:

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      Suzie ONeill 

      8 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      Excellent idea! One question though-- where can I buy Tea Tree Oil?

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks Hawkesdream and Daisyjae.

    • daisyjae profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      Very useful idea. Those wipes can be a bit pricey.

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      8 years ago from Cornwall

      Brilliant, and less waste too.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks for stopping by, Homesteadpatch!

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent idea! Voted up.


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