Zero Waste Antibacterial Wipes

If you read my post on better zero waste homemaking, you know I’m on a mission to improve my homemaking and housekeeping skills. Here’s a tip: it’s easiest to clean sinks and counters with wipes, especially in the bathroom. In order to do this zero waste style, I’ve made my own. Here I’ll share my method.

1. Identify/find/acquire/obtain your rags for the wipes and a vessel where they’ll be stored. I had an old flannel sheet that didn’t fit any beds in the house. I cut it into squares about 7×7 inches. I used a large mason jar for storage.

2. Mix your solution in a jar or bowl. Basically, one part white vinegar, one part water, a generous amount of witch hazel (1/2 to 1/3 part), a few squirts of dish soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s), and drops of whatever essential oils you choose (I used eucalyptus, lemon, and lavender, which have antibacterial properties).


3. Add the solution to the wipes. I folded my rag squares into quarters and tucked them into the jar a few at a time, adding the solution and pressing out the air. This allows you to squeeze more wipes into the container.


4. Fill up the container and you’re ready to clean! I made a jar to tuck under the sink in each bathroom.

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