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Make Your Own Disinfectant Wipes


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Hand holding a home name disinfectant wipeIt's easy to make your own disinfectant wipes at home. These are great when the stores are selling out because of the Coronavirus. It's also a convenient way to refill wipe containers so you can get more uses out of them.

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For these wipes we used Bounty paper towels for the base since they are quite durable. They feel just about as strong as pre-packaged wipes. If you are refilling a wipes container try to find a shorter paper towel roll which fits or cut down a big roll with a bread knife.

We used Lysol for the cleaning agent. Any brand will work but we wanted to make sure we had good disinfectant power. You can swap in rubbing alcohol or use vinegar as a natural cleaner as well.

It's best to put these wipes in an airtight container unless you will be using them right away. We used a Sterilite tub for the photos. A Sterilite Gasket Box or an Iris Ziploc Box would be ideal.

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Yield: 110 Wipes

Supplies:

Supplies: paper towels, lysol, tub, measuring cup.
 

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Steps:

  1. Remove the cardboard tube from the center of the paper towels. The Bounty paper towels aren't glued to the tube so this was quite easy. We just loosened it with our finger and then pulled it out. If there's glue holding the first sheet in you might need to work a chopstick or skewer around the tube to release it first.
  2. Loosening and pulling the cardboard tube out of the paper towel roll.
     
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  3. Make sure the towels are going to fit into your container. Ideally use an airtight container. If the whole roll of towels won't fit you can create a tighter roll of the right size. You can also accordion fold the towels flat for more options.
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  5. Pour the cleaning solution onto the paper towels. Try to get the cleaning solution all over including down the center of the roll. We poured on both ends of the towels so that it would soak as far down as possible. We recommend 4 full cups, 32 Fl Oz, for this size paper towel roll.
  6. Measuring Lysol into a cup.
     
    Pouring Lysol on the paper towel roll.
     
    Pouring Lysol on the paper towel roll.
     
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  7. You can dispense the towels out of the center of the roll by finding the edge of the first towel and pulling it. Simply tear off leaving the next towel ready to go.
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    Pulling a wipe from the center of the roll.
     

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March 15, 20201 found this helpful

Great idea, except in our area, we can not get cleaning agents, bleach or vinegar--its all sold out. We can't even get paper towels because people bought it when they could not get TP....

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March 15, 20200 found this helpful

I keep thinking about "everyone" that flushes those paper towels. They will eventually block someone's sewer--- and not just theirs.... Ewwwwwwwu.

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Stay safe everyone.

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March 16, 20201 found this helpful

Check home improvement stores, like Home Depot. They have lots of supplies like this and people don't consider them. You can also talk to the store direclty and find out when their shipments are expected to arrive.

Good luck, things should be back to normal soon.

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April 5, 20200 found this helpful

This is a good idea. Im just want to ask can I add water according to the instructions behind the package? Thanks,
Tamarah

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April 14, 20200 found this helpful

The particular product we used for the wipes recommends using full strength for disinfecting and letting sit for up to ten minutes for maximum effectiveness.

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Depending on what you are going to use the wipes for it might make sense to use a more dilute cleaning solution. Follow the instructions on whatever cleaner you have.

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April 29, 20200 found this helpful

A thought can baby wipes be used instead of paper towels? Or would it make them deteriorate?

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September 28, 20200 found this helpful

Yes I use baby wipes and rubbing Alcohol.

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May 7, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you for this. I have been intense searching for Lysol wipes at the store. This will be my joy.

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