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Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

Maybe you are having a hard time finding disinfecting wipes in the stores these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is an easy recipe my mother shared with me for making Homemade Disinfecting Wipes. Bonus. I was so lucky and surprised to have everything I needed right in my own cabinets, including the 91% alcohol! I know this stuff is sold out everywhere at the moment. Hopefully you have some on hand too! Here is what you will need.

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Gather your ingredientsHere are the ingredients you will need.



  • Paper towel
  • Dawn dish soap
  • isopropyl alcohol (91%)
  • essential oils (optional)
Cut your paper towelsCut your paper towel roll in half using a serrated knife or scissors. I unraveled one side and added it to the other, and then put the roll into my container. I used an Oxo container from my pantry that wasn’t being used. You can use whatever you have on hand.

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Stick them in a tall container 


Pour your mixture over themThis is the formula that I used…



  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup alcohol (For this recipe it must be 91% alcohol)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap
  • Add 10-15 drops of Essential Oils (I used lemongrass)



Mix thoroughly then pour the mixture right over the paper towels.



Side Note: Essential oils are a natural disinfectant. Other good essential oil combos include…



  • Peppermint & Tea Tree
  • Lemongrass & Lavender
  • Lavender & Rosemary
  • Geranium & Lime
  • Tea Tree & Orange
Pull out the center rollI left the center roll in and was able to pull it out after waiting a minute or two, or when it was wet enough to just pull right out.

That is it!Once done, put on a label (optional) and enjoy! I like to put some of these in a ziplock baggie when I go grocery shopping to disinfect the grocery cart, my hands, my steering wheel or whatever needs disinfecting.