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DIY Disinfectant Wipes | FAB 50:9

Holy Cow. It’s been a really long time. But with REALLY good reason. I was preparing for a huge local consignment sale and went through every single baby thing in my house and am sitting about 600 items lighter at the moment! YAY for the great big PURGE! Ah, feels so good. I still have a nice collection of things for shop styleberry (still some major designer denim & girl shoes, kelly moore & cake bags, and some bugaboo & newborn prop goodies that need a new home!) so that is definitely on the horizon! But for now, let’s talk cleaning! One of my FAVORITE topics! I was so sick of buying the toxic & expensive bleach wipes at costco that I decided to make some disinfectant surface wipes of my own. To know me is to know how much I LOVE vinegar. So here’s my recipe! Happy Spring Cleaning!


  • paper towel roll
  • sharp knife (NOT serrated)
  • round plastic container with a hole cut in the top
  • 1 cup vinegar + 1 cup water


  • Use the sharp knife to cut the paper towel roll in half. If you use a serrated knife (like a bread knife) you will have little bits of paper towel that stick to your wipes and it will drive you nuts! So a nice smooth sharp blade will allow you to cut that roll in half, yielding a half a roll just waiting for your next batch (or for your upstairs container, if you are like me!) Pull the center cardboard tube out of the roll & pop the first towel up to get it ready to soak. You’ll be working from the center of the roll out.
  • Mix your water & vinegar 1:1 in your chosen container. (I found the perfect container to be the one that you’ll find Oatmeal Cranberry Dunkers in at Trader Joe’s…you’ll hate me for this purchase…so really, any round tupperware about the size of half a roll of paper towel will do)
  • Put your roll of paper towel in the mixture and let it soak. My roll is always too tall for my container, but once it is saturated, I can squish it down and it fits just fine. Put the top of the container on when they are ready & you’re set to clean!

I use these on everything! Kitchen table. Counters. Toys. Faces. Hands. Bathrooms. They are awesome. I’ve never had them dry up on me–I always use them in plenty of time. & I did try to use the half sheets (you know, those Bounty brand sheets that are really half the size of a normal paper towel) and they were just OK. I like to double mine over & then it is nice & thick and just exactly the size of my hand. I dream of a paperless kitchen, and I am sure that I will have one someday, but now is just not the right time! :)

Time to go shop for some oatmeal cookies, then clean, clean, clean!! You’ll burn off the calories if you clean hard enough! HA! ;)

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  • Jessica - Love it! When we moved, I decided that next time I run out of a cleaning product I’m going to try to made a homemade one instead. I will have to try these :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline - Thanks to this post, I just crossed Clorox disinfectant wipes off of my Costco shopping list! I wasn’t thrilled with the smell or the chemicals, but I was reluctant to give them up because of the convenience factor. Problem solved! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Katie R - love those! I use some essential oils in there too!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnne - Do you use these on your granite counters? I’ve started making my own cleaners (with vinegar!) but I read that vinegar isn’t safe/good for natural stone like granite & marble.

    I’ve been using Method Daily Granite cleaner on my counters, but I’d love to be able to make my own! I also purchased some “un-paper towels” from ETSY (I originally bought a set from a daily deal site for CHEAP) and have LOVED using them in place of my paper towels. Plus, they are cute prints so they are pretty to look at in a tidy little stack on my counter. I’m still hunting for the perfect little basket for them. ;-) Between switching to cloth napkins and using mostly the cloth towels in the kitchen (we still use paper towels for some things) I feel a little “greener”!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Ooh, interesting. We use cloth wipes, but it had never occurred to me to make my own kitchen wipes. I’m tempted to use your solution but with cheap dish cloths instead. I’ll let you know how it goes.ReplyCancel

  • Emilee - Do you refill the vinegar/water solution with each new paper towel roll? They look pretty wet, do you have to wring them out before you use them?

    I just moved across the country and we weren’t allowed to pack any cleaning solutions. With having to buy everything new, I thought this was the perfect time to start making homemade green cleaners. I’m addicted to the convenience of Clorox wipes, so I’ll have to try this.ReplyCancel

  • angie - Thanks for this GREAT tip!! I’ve been looking for a safer/more natural cleaner and this is perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli F. - Hi! This is not related to disinfectant wipes, but I thought this might be the best/most recent place to contact you :) I live in SA and have a 2.5 y/o daughter. I was curious where you send Caroline for gymnastics classes. We tried Alamo Gymnastics last summer and liked it, but didn’t LOVE it. It seems like Caroline truly loves where she goes, so I thought I’d look into it for this summer. I hope you don’t mind sharing. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - So, yes Thank-you for those oatmeal dunkers. I tried to get my husband to take them to work with him, but somehow they’ve ended up in our cookie jar. Otherwise I love the idea and I went ahead and made these with vodka & water and they work wonderfully. I already had a all purpose spray mixed up of vinegar and water, so I thought I’d try something a little different. Thinking they might be even better with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil mixed in…ReplyCancel

  • Lana Little - Fantastic recipe! I have used one recipe with alcohol but I think it is too strong. I am going to try your method next time. Thank you for sharing it. Best regards!ReplyCancel

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