a jar filled with DIY wipes

Every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the US alone. This is an astounding statistic and one that we have the power to change NOW! These easy-peasy DIY Reusable Disinfecting Wipes are the perfect way to reduce waste and save you some money too.

I want you to ditch paper towels and disposable wipes once and for all. Paper towels are made from virgin fibers that normally come from unmanaged forests, where habits are being ruined and pollution is high.

Disposable wipes are NOT disposable, no matter what the label says. You should never toss these in the toilet. This is one of the WORST greenwashing offenders and it drives me crazy!

Greenpeace Canada says it perfectly, “Healthy forests sustain life. More than 80 percent of the world’s forests are degraded or destroyed. Many species face extinction and the livelihoods of forest-based communities are under threat.”

Our choices at the counter can help save our forests!

To make these wipes you can use old dishcloths, t-shirts, and even cotton socks. I’ve used old, small cloth napkins.


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DIY Reusable Disinfecting Wipes
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  1. INSTRUCTIONS: Mix the solution in a large mason jar add the cloths, let them Soak up the solution. 
 When you use them, Squeeze out any excess and use as you please.

  2. If you don't use them all you can roll them up and store them in the jar.

  3. If you have liquid left over, you can store it in a separate jar.
 When you are done, simply toss the soiled cloths into the laundry.

Recipe Notes

For essential oils, you can use tea-tree or lavender or lemon. A combination of the Three. These will last you 2 weeks, but keep in mind it does depend on usage. If you are a clean freak like me, you may go through them a little faster. Store in a cool, dark place.
Just whip up a batch, store under your sink, and grab when needed.


Not only are you reducing your toxic exposure (no thank you Clorox wipes!) you’re also helping to reduce waste. You can use these on everything. Sinks, faucets, doorknobs, countertops, microwave and even in the bathroom.

And if you are heading out with your kids, toss a few in a small reusable bag and keep on hand for little hands and little messes!

If you really want to make an impact on reducing your waste then ditching paper towels is a GREAT place to start. DIY’s can seem daunting at first, but I really hope you’ll give it a try. These wipes are easy to make, easy to use and will save you money for sure. I love a good DIY and if you are looking for a DIY recipe for an amazing hand sanitizer, I’ve got you! Best, part, this one actually works. 

I’d love to know how you reduce waste and save money, share it in the comments below.


Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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