My six year old is starting to help more around the house. I decided to add wiping down the bathroom counter to his chores…but he requires strict supervision whenever he has a bottle of liquids…even homemade eco-friendly cleaners. As a future scientist, he can’t help experimenting. Watching him while he cleans offsets any help he provides, so I broke down and bought disinfecting wipe…which I doled out one at a time, because apparently he can’t be left alone with cleaning wipes either. This worked, but buying disposable items goes against every fiber of my being. So I was excited to find directions for making reusable disinfecting wipes.
My daughter recently cut up some of her t-shirts to make tank tops, and being the mini-frugalista that she is, she put the fabric she removed from her shirts in the rag bag. This provided the perfect size rags to create reusable disinfecting wipes. I am reusing the container from the wipes I purchased to hold the reusable cloth wipes. The dirty wipes are added to the linen load and when the container is empty, I can grab all of the clean rags and make a new batch.
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I like that this technique uses rags instead of having to hack up a roll of paper towels (like every other disinfecting wipe recipe that I’ve seen). Our rag bin overfloweth, so we certainly could spare some for this purpose!
Alea Milham says
That is what I loved about this method too. Using paper towels saves money, but it doesn’t reduce waste. I also like that this recipe doesn’t use bleach. We have a septic system, so we avoid bleach.