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How to Make Homemade DIY Disinfecting Wipes

This recipe gives you the choice of either making disposable, decomposable disinfecting wipes with paper towels or reusable wipes with cleaning rags. Regardless of which option you choose to do, both of these DIY wipes work fantastically well for sanitizing a number of hard surfaces.


  • Bowl to Mix the Ingredients
  • Glass Jar with Lid, Wide Enough for Paper Towels


Paper Towels or Reusable Cloths

  • 1 roll Paper Towels cut in half
  • 10 pieces Reusable Cleaning Cloth rags

Ingredients for the Disinfecting Liquid

  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2 cups Alcohol isopropyl or ethanol (Everclear)
  • 20 drops Essential Oils optional
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice optional


  • First decide whether you will make disposable DIY wipes or reusable ones. The only difference is that the disposable recipe uses paper towels and the reusable recipe uses cloth rags that you will wash and reuse instead of throw away.
    ingredients laid out on a table for the wipes
  • Once you’ve gathered all of the ingredients and materials, place all of the liquid ingredients into a small bowl and combine them thoroughly. 

Paper Towels as Disinfecting Wipes

  • If you are using paper towels as your wipes, you will need to use a very sharp knife to cut the roll in half (cutting it to be half the height it started with), then place the half-size roll upright into the glass container. If you are using reusable rags as your wipes, just place them one on top of the other at the bottom of the glass container. 
    cutting a roll of paper towels in half to be the disposable homemade wipes

Reusable Cloth Rags as Disinfecting Wipes

  • You’ll want to use a smaller glass container if you are making cloth wipes than if you are making paper towel wipes since they’ll take up less space and using a smaller container will help ensure that the cloths get thoroughly saturated in the sanitizing liquid.
    ingredients for reusable wipes including lemon and cloth rages in a glass jar
  • Next, simply pour the liquid solution over the upright roll of paper towels or on top of the cloths, filling the container with the liquid. This liquid solution will moisten the cardboard tube in the center of the paper towel roll making it easy to pull out, so be sure to pull it out once it’s thoroughly saturated in the liquid. 
    paper towels in a plastic container and lid with DIY disinfectant
  • Always keep the glass container sealed with a tight fitting lid to keep the wipes wet and to avoid letting them dry out.
    a plastic container and lid with paper towels soaked in the cleaner and pulling up from the center
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