DIY Eco-Friendlier, Non-Toxic Disinfecting Wipes
I was so pumped to do this DIY.
One of my biggest points in starting this blog was figuring out how I could (and in turn share with you) ways to practice conscious convenience- how to turn some every day habits into ones that would be better for ourselves and the planet.
I'm a sucker for wipes- disinfecting and for the tush. However, wipes are not planet friendly at all. Single use, straight into the trash can, made of plastic, housed in plastic containers, and depending on which ones, not so nice ingredients. Pretty much ticks off every box for Eco-UNfriendly. But damn it, I really like wipes. I will do another post on butt wipes later. Today, I am just focusing on the handy disinfecting ones.
After scouring the internet, I came across this recipe for do it yourself wipes from Pop Sugar. I adapted it a little and used ingredients and materials I already had at home. Before I share the recipe and the steps I will make a few comments.
Firstly, these are not the MOST eco-friendly wipe, but they are a lot better than store bought. I am still using throw away paper products. I am using recycled, brown paper, flat paper towels. In my book, it is a lot better because they are compostable and bio degradable, unlike regular cleaning wipes which are made with a plastic blend. In an ideal world, I would use cut up t-shirts or dish towel rags and wash/re-use, but my laundry situation is abysmal at the moment. Reference past blog post here where I mention my coin laundry situation. Freaking UGH.
Secondly, I don't feel too badly about these wipes because I am saving tons of plastic containers from being thrown out, which would happen with conventional cleaning wipes. It's all about progress, not perfection!
-essential oil smell of your choice (tea tree or lemon is good for cleaning)
-recycled napkins or paper towels
Your choice of container depends on what materials you are using for the wipes. In the recipe from Pop Sugar, they used an old coffee can and paper towels on a roll. You could use a coffee can, a Tupperware container, or an empty container of cleaning wipes. I used an empty baby wipe container which was PERFECT with the flat paper towels. Here are the paper towels I purchased from Amazon. I was worried after I got them that they wouldn't be sturdy enough, but after about a week, they are still holding up nicely!
Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon dish liquid, and 10-15 drops essential oil in a bowl.
Slowly pour mixture over the paper towels until they are saturated.
You might need to refresh the wipes with a bit more cleaning mixture as the days go on. But seriously, could that be any easier? I can't believe it took me this long to look into making my own wipes. Not only will I save about $4 per container of cleaning wipes, but I'm reducing my plastic waste and the wipes will biodegrade or can be used as compost. Also, conventional cleaning wipes are loooaaaadedd with nasty ingredients. The Environmental Working Group gave Lysol wipes and Clorox wipes a "D" rating for the ingredients in their products. With your own wipes, you know exactly what you are getting on your hands and the surfaces of your house.
A DIY any Busy Body can get behind! Are you going to try it? Let me know how it turns out in the comments below!