Friday, October 25, 2013

Homemade Clorox Wipes

My son prefers to use wipes like Clorox or Lysol brand when he cleans the bathroom.  It is his morning chore to wipe down the bathroom sink and the top of our toilet bowl while his brother swipes the toilet brush in the bowl.  Once a week we use borax to scrub the bowl, but daily just to keep it nice a little swipe works.

I have some concerns about all the chemicals in the wipes he was using.  So we tried some other more natural options, but Caleb let me know that he preferred to use wipes.  He liked that much better.  So I came across two different recipes to make them.  There were things I liked and disliked about each so I combined the things I liked about both and came up with my own.  Here it is.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Old t-shirts cut up to make 50 cloths
Two containers or zip seal bags 
3 cups vinegar
6 cups water
10 drops tea tree oil

Cut old t-shirts into 50 cloths (I did not measure mine, but 12 by 12 would be a good size).  
Gather ingredients.
Mix vinegar, water, and tea tree oil in a bowl.
Separate the cloths 25 in each container or bag (I used one old Clorox wipe container and one zip seal bag).
Add half of the solution to each bag or container.
Mix the cloths around until they are saturated with solution.  
Close containers or seal bags.
Use for cleaning and then put the used t-shirt cloths into the washer and replace into the solution when clean.
Continue to reuse the cloths until you run out of solution.

We have a goal here at our house to be as chemical free and preservative free as possible while living in a frugal way.  We are now one step closer.  

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