Make Your Own Cloth "Clorox" Wipes

I love the convenience of wipes for the toilet. I do not love the idea of the chemical wipes you find on supermarket shelves. . So this week I gave them another try. I once saw a pin on Pinterest that I wish I could find again. It made me laugh out loud. Not the idea itself, per se, but the idea of me actually doing it. It involved sewing matching sets of some sort of cute cleaning fabric in perfectly matching squares, then adding snaps to them so you can roll them up, place them gently in a container, add your detergent and you are ready to clean the world: Green Style. I hope it worked for this gal. And for all those who pinned it. I mean no disrespect, but come on! Who has the time to make them let alone snap and re-snap after laundering. Sorry, not for me. The concept of reusable wipes all ready to go is a great concept to me, so I did it according to my level of cutesy craftsy which on a scale of one to 10 is a negative 3.

I haphazardly (without even measuring) cut up some old T-shirts into shapes that resemble squares.

Then I laid them on top of one another so they were just overlapping.

Then I rolled them up, leaving a little corner of the first one out so it would be easy to pull out.

Next, I placed them in an old Clorox tube. I couldn't resist, so I pulled them all out one by one to see if it would work. It did, kinda. Then I shook my head at myself because was all that work really necessary?

I  think not!  I just stuffed them in the tube, added my solution, gave it a shake and called it good.

It could not be easier. No cutting paper towel rolls in half. No struggling to get the tube in the middle out. Just a few rags and the simplest ingredients make this my kind of project.

Clorox Free Clorox Wipes
1 Cup of water
8 drops of lemon essential oil
2 T white vinegar
Several old rags that can be cut in to any shape you want. I like squares myself.
Stuff the rags in any old container with a lid. A Mason Jar would be best as lemon tends to corrode plastic. Add your solution, give it a shake.

I used them right away to clean my table. Since it didn't have anything too nasty or sticky today, I simply rinsed the rag off and stuffed it back into the tube. Try that with those fancy schmancy snappy wipes.

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  1. haha...love it! You are my kinda girl! I am going to try this because my creativity level is -3 too!

  2. Oh, looks like a good cleaner recipe! I love the idea of using re-usable fabric instead of paper. Very eco-friendly! I will be trying this :)

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  3. Cool idea! Gonna pin this. :)
    Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble!

  4. Wow, this is a great idea...I'm assuming you could use a wee bit of lavender oil too?

  5. great idea.....Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  6. I rarely buy paper towels anymore, so I haven't made my own wipes in a long time. I put the solution in a spray bottle and use a rag to wipe. I like this idea of putting the rags in the container. Thanks for the idea. I'm pinning it to make sure I don't forget. Now I'm wondering why I didn't think of that! lol

  7. Love it! Have you tried leaving these in the car? I'm wondering how the changes in temperature would affect the solution. It probably would be okay.

    1. In the winter time, it shouldn't be a problem, but the heat will change the potency of the essential oils. However, these will work perfectly fine without the oil! Be sure to click on my contest at the top of the page. You have already qualified for 10 pts by leaving comments!

  8. That is my kind of craft. Fast and not being too particular to details. My family says I fly by the seat of my pants... guess you do, too. Hey, I'd love to have you link up to What to do Weekends Party, too. Following you also. Linda


  9. This is a great idea. I am going to use the mason jar idea. Since I don't ever buy the clorox wipes. Jonni in AZ.

  10. Very nice. I use old rags for cleaning and an all natural disinfectant too. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. I love the smell of lemons while cleaning! And, this would be great for my daughter to use when "helping" since it's natural and safe. Pinned!

    1. Anything to get the kids to help clean! Thanks for stopping by.