How to Make Disinfectant Wipes
Making DIY disinfectant wipes is an easy way to protect your home from harmful bacteria and viruses.
The Ingredients and Supplies You Will Need:
- About 3 cups alcohol (at least 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol)
- 3/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (at least 0.5% hydrogen peroxide)
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- 10-15 drops of tea tree, clove, mint essential oils(optional)
- 1 Roll of durable Paper Towels or Reusable Fabric
- Glass Airtight Container (large enough to hold the width of a standard paper towel roll and disinfectant solution)
- Cutting Board and Knife (to cut paper towel roll in half)
Understanding the Active Ingredients:
70% ISOPROPYL RUBBING ALCOHOL - According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there must be at least 70% alcohol content to disinfect surfaces successfully. Rubbing alcohol at 70+ percent can be found in local pharmacies or online.
0.5% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE - Based on an entry from the Journal of Hospital Infection, Hydrogen peroxide with a concentration of at least 0.5% effectively kills bacteria and viruses (such as COVID-19). It takes at least 1 minute for 0.5% Hydrogen Peroxide to disinfect surfaces.
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL - Lemon essential oil makes a great addition to cleaning products because of its degreasing and antibacterial properties. Similar lemon strains such as lemon balm oil have been proven to suppress influenza virus replication. Aside from the cleaning and antibacterial properties of lemon essential oil, it also provides a pleasant, uplifting scent that blends well with other essential oil scents.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL - Tea tree oil has been used for centuries for its known antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil is excellent for adding to your disinfectant solution because it can kill bacteria, mould and mildew. It also protects against pathogens such as E. coli, S. aureus, S. epidermidis, E. faecalis, P. aeruginosa, M. avium, H. influenzae, S. pyogenes, and S. pneumoniae.
CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL - Clove essential oil is an effective antibacterial agent. The active ingredient in clove essential oil is called Eugenol. Eugenol is a compound that successfully kills bacteria on contact, making it clove essential oils efficient in protecting against many viruses, bacteria and pathogens.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL - Essential oils from peppermint leaves have been scientifically proven to have antibacterial properties. Specifically, peppermint essential oil has been successful in killing Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Aside from the impressive disinfectant properties of peppermint essential oil, it also gives an uplifting and refreshing scent.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Homemade Disinfectant Wipes
1. Mix your disinfectant solution.
Combine about 3 cups isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 3/4 teaspoon of 0.5% Hydrogen Peroxide, 20 drops lemon essential oil, 10-15 drops of tea tree, clove and peppermint essential oils together. All listed essential oils are scientifically proven to have antibacterial properties, but you can modify the recipe to include essential oils for your personal scent preferences.
2. Fit paper towels into the airtight glass container.
Use a cutting board and knife to cut your standard paper towel roll in half carefully. If you are working with reusable fabric instead of paper towels, bundle your reusable material to resemble a paper towel roll. Keep in mind the dimensions of your airtight container. The reusable wipes will need to fit inside of the airtight container.
3. Pour the disinfectant solution onto your paper towels or reusable cloths.
It is important to use durable paper towels that won’t disintegrate when soaked in the alcohol, disinfectant solution. For extra precaution, do not entirely soak your paper towels in the solution. Soak the wipes enough for the towels to be damp. You may adjust the quantity of alcohol used to match the absorbency and thickness of your paper towels or reusable fabric.
How to Use Homemade DIY Disinfectant Wipes:
The ingredients used to make these disinfectant wipes are safe to be used on non-porous, hard surfaces throughout the home. It is recommended to test the solution on an inconspicuous area before use.
If you do not have all the ingredients on hand to make the disinfectant wipes or would prefer to purchase your cleaning products ready-made. We have a selection of amazing, non-toxic anti-bacterial sprays and biodegradable cleaners for you to choose from!