I'm the first to admit I'm not the world's best housekeeper. My cleaning strategy is more along the lines of - I'll clean it when it's dirty enough to notice - or we have guests coming over.
But one of my favorite cleaning tools are cleaning wipes. I love the convenience of using a wipe to clean off counter tops, toilets, and sinks. Just swipe it off, then throw it away. Granted, not the greenest of solutions, but at least our surfaces are cleaned.
But wipes can be expensive - and sometimes they're so thin, you need to use a couple or layer them with a paper towel to bulk them up. Not a fan of doing that.
On the other hand - baby wipes are almost the perfect thickness and size. If only they could clean and disinfect surfaces...
So one day I had a lightbulb moment - and I made my own cleaning wipes. I know I'm not the first one to come up with this - but I wasn't able to find another recipe quite like this one. Mine is super easy.
Here's what you need:
- Refillable container of baby wipes (I use Target's store brand, unscented). I prefer the pop-up kind, and I refill the containers with the refills you can buy in 3-packs.
- Bottle of bottled disinfectant/cleaner (I use Mr. Clean with Febreze).
1. Pour the cleaner over top of the wipes. Pour some down the sides as well to pool at the bottom. I use about 3 oz. per container of baby wipes.
2. Put the lid back on the container of baby wipes and let the cleaner soak in for a few hours.
3. Most important - label your container so no one thinks these are baby wipes and tries to use them to clean a baby or a kid's face. You don't want anyone getting confused now that you've added disinfectant to these.
I love these so much - they are so easy to make and easy to use. And so much more economical than the cleaning wipes you buy ready-made. I've made one for each bathroom in our house - perfect for quickly wiping up counters and toilets (why are boys so messy anyway?). I also have one in the kitchen for cleaning up just about everything.
So there you go - my very own cleaning hack. What's yours?
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