Natural Disinfecting Wipes

Store-bought disinfecting wipes contain harsh chemicals that may do more harm than good. These all-natural wipes are safe for your skin, so you can use them to clean and disinfect your house without worry! You’ll also save money with an effective, convenient, and easy-to-make product. And your home will smell as clean as it looks.

Natural Disinfecting Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=100–200 wipes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the water, vinegar, witch hazel, castile soap, and essential oils.
  2. Cut the roll of paper towels in half, and place half the roll in the OmniWipe container.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the paper towels, making sure to coat evenly.
  4. Place the lid on the container and tip it back and forth, allowing the liquid to soak into the paper towels.
  5. Open the container and carefully pull the cardboard center out of the paper towels. (It should be easy to remove once soaked.) Then pull up the center paper towel. Thread it through the hole in the lid for dispensing the wipes. Replace the lid on the container.
  6. Apply the vinyl label to the side of the wipe container. Click here for instructions.
  7. Carefully remove a wipe to clean your desired surface.

Depending on the thickness of the paper towel roll, you may need to increase or decrease the amount of water and vinegar so that the wipes are not too wet or dry.

What Can You Do with Dry Bamboo Wipes?

A new product we have recently added to our product line is Dry Bamboo Wipes. Many people use disposable wet wipes for many purposes, such as baby wipes, hand wipes, or facial cleansers.  But when we introduced the Dry Bamboo Wipes, people would ask, “What can you do with dry wipes?”

The best response we have is, “There are no limits!” Because the wipes come dry, you can make your own natural formulas and create high quality wipes that are specific to your needs.

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These wipes are made from 100% bamboo fibers and are 100% biodegradable. The bamboo fibers create a very soft wipe that is especially great for sensitive skin (such as a baby’s bottom). Not only are the wipes free of parabens, petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrances, and bleaching agents, but they are also hypoallergenic and tear resistant. What more can you ask for in a wipe?

Because they are biodegradable, you can use them as disposable wipes and throw them in the trash (not the toilet). But, if you prefer, they can also be washed and used multiple times since they are very sturdy and tear resistant. Note: For a longer life-span, let them air dry rather than placing them in the dryer.

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Bamboo Wipe Recipes

Now we will answer the question, “What can you do with dry wipes?” Below are a list of recipes you can make and use with these wipes.

Please note that it is always better to let the wipes remain dry and add the liquid solution to them right before you use them. This prevents any mold or bacteria growth. However, if you use the wipes quickly, you may be able to soak a whole package in liquid.  If you prefer pre-moistened wipes, but may not use a whole package fast enough, try getting a small number of wipes wet and placing them in a sealed zip-top bag.

Baby Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 3/4 cups of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. PET Jar. Shake until well combined.
To use, shake the jar and dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid and wipe the baby.

If you go through these fairly quickly, you can mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour them over the bamboo wipes in the wipe container. However, due to the nature of using natural ingredients, mold may develop if the wipes are not used quickly.

Basic Hand Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 3/4 cups of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 Tbs. liquid soap base such as Castile Soap
  • 1/2 Tbs. carrier oil (such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil, etc.)
  • 3–5 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • Ziploc bag or small wipe container

Instructions:

Mix everything but water in a small bowl until well combined; then add water and mix together (avoid making bubbles). Place 10–20 bamboo wipes in a Ziploc bag, and pour the mixture over the wipes. Seal the bag, and let the liquid soak into the wipes.
To use, just pull a wipe from the bag, ring out any excess liquid, and wipe hands.

Some essential oils that can be used for different purposes are as follow:

  • Antimicrobial: arborvitae, cassia, cinnamon, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, melaleuca (tea tree), myrrh, rosemary, thyme, or a blend of antimicrobial oils.
  • Disinfectant: grapefruit, lemon, or Cleansing Blend.
  • Calming: bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, myrrh, and ylang ylang.
  • Alertness: basil, lemon, peppermint, and rosemary.
  • Refreshing: peppermint.
  • Moisturizing: geranium, lavender, lemon, patchouli, Roman chamomile, and sandalwood.

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Cleaning/Disinfecting Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 1/2 cups of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 20–25 drops disinfecting oil(s)
  • 16 oz. glass jar (a pint size Mason jar works well)

Modern Essentials recommends the following disinfecting oils: Protective Blend, lemon, Cleansing Blend, melaleuca, lime, cinnamon, thyme, and peppermint.

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar.
To use, dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid, and wipe the desired surface.

Dryer Sheets

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Enough white vinegar to fill the rest of the bottle
  • 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid
  • Safety pin(s) to reduce static (optional)

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid.
To use, dab mixture on a dry bamboo wipe, and place the wipe in the dryer. Add a safety pin or two to the bamboo wipe to reduce static.
NOTE: These wipes will hold up through a few drying cycles. Re-wet each cycle.

Eye Makeup Remover

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid.
To use, shake the bottle, and dab the mixture on a dry bamboo wipe. Wipe over face and closed eyes.

Eye Cream/Makeup Remover

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Salve Jar.
To use, dip a bamboo wipe in the coconut oil mixture, wring it out, and then wipe over closed eyes or face. This also works great for fixing mistakes while applying makeup.


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Facial Cleansing Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 cup very warm distilled water
  • 1/2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. rubbing alcohol (for emulsion)
  • 3–4 drops vitamin E oil (1 capsule)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 12 oz. PET Jar

Instructions:

Shake or whisk all ingredients together until well combined. The warm water should melt the coconut oil, and the rubbing alcohol should help with the emulsion process.
To use, shake the jar and dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid and wipe face.

Lens/Screen Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield = 15 ml of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 15 ml Spray Bottle.
To use, spray mixture on a dry bamboo wipe, and then wipe lens or screen. Do not use on plastic surfaces, as the lemon essential oil may harm the plastic!

Do you have any other ideas for using the Dry Bamboo Wipes?