DIY Disinfecting Wet Wipes

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Is your local grocery or pharmacy out of disinfecting wipes? Why not make your own with this mind-blowingly easy DIY disinfecting wet wipes made from materials you already have at home.

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Disinfecting Wet Wipes | Make Your Own With These 6 Easy Steps

What You’ll Need:

  • Clorox or rubbing alcohol
  • Paper tower roll
  • Airtight container
  • 1 cup of water
  • Kitchen or serrated knife

Step 1: Cut Your Paper Tower Roll in Half

Start by taking a roll of paper towel and marking where to cut it enough so it fits inside your airtight container. Do this by placing the roll inside the container you want to use for your DIY wet wipes.

Approximately, this should be about a third or a half of the paper towel roll’s size.

Now, based on your measurements, use the serrated or kitchen knife to cut the paper towel along its width. While it may sound easy, doing this is actually quite challenging, so be careful.

Step 2: Mix the Disinfecting Ingredients Together

Once you’re done sawing the paper towels in half, whisk your cup of water and about a half tablespoon of Clorox bleach together in a measuring cup. Mix the two well until they combine.

This follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended 1 gallon of water for every half cup of bleach in making your own DIY disinfecting solution. You’ll need this solution to turn your ordinary paper towels into disinfecting wet wipes.

Step 3: Place Your Paper Towels Inside the Container

Now, get your airtight container again and stick the paper towel roll inside it. Remember to insert the paper towels in the container with the cut side down.

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Step 4: Soak the Paper Towels With the Disinfecting Solution to Turn Them Into Disinfecting Wet Wipes

To make this really effective, you’ll need about one and a half to two cups of your solution poured over your paper towels. Circle around as you pour to really get the liquid evenly on your paper towels.

Close your container and allow the disinfecting solution to soak into your wet wipes. Leave it for a few hours.

You can also flip the container over every 30 minutes. This should help disperse the liquid and make sure it is absorbed evenly.

Step 5: Remove the Center of the Roll to Pull the Wet Wipes Out

Now, remove the center cardboard roll in the middle of the tissue paper roll. In doing so, the first wipe should go with it.

As you pull along, the next ones will dispense similar to how grocery-bought wet wipes do.

Step 6: Disinfect Away

Now, all you have left to do is to grab some of your wet wipes and rub it over your counter tops, door knobs, and other commonly touched areas.

Make sure you see some visible wetness when you wipe. Additionally, leave the surface be for about 5-10 minutes to allow the disinfecting solution to really do its job.

The solution works great especially on non-porous surfaces. You can also use 70% rubbing alcohol as a substitute if you want to.

Just stick a spray nozzle on it, spray it on any surface, and wipe it as necessary.

Finally, make sure to close the container’s lid after every use. This should prevent it from drying out. If it already does, however, you can always remoisten it by adding a bit more of your disinfecting solution.

Disinfectant wet wipes aren’t the only things that are always out of stock in groceries. If you’re also out of Lysol, Emily Carmona shows you how to make your very own DIY disinfectant spray:

Disinfectants are always out of stock in groceries these days. With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining cleanliness has never been more important. With these DIY disinfectant wet wipes, you can be assured that you’re never out of disinfectants when you need them.

Are there other ways to make your own disinfecting wet wipes that you might know about? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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