Tuesday, August 07, 2012

DIY Cleaning Wipes

DIY Cleaning Wipes - www.MightyCrafty.me


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:

DIY Cleaning Wipes - www.MightyCrafty.me

  • 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).
Directions:
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.

DIY Cleaning Wipes - www.MightyCrafty.me

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.

DIY Cleaning Wipes - www.MightyCrafty.me

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.

DIY Cleaning Wipes - www.MightyCrafty.me

So there you go - my very own cleaning hack. What's yours?

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18 comments:

  1. Your cleaning priorities sound a bit like mine. :-) And I think this is a great idea! Also good tip not to get them mixed up with baby wipes.

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  2. What a great idea! Thanks for following me, your newest follower. :) Love your blog.

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  3. Thanks ladies! I appreciate it. :)

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  4. I'm not much of a house cleaner either. Great idea. If you want to make it "greener" you can mix your own cleaning solution instead of using the Mr. Clean. I use 2 1/2 tsp. borax or baking soda, 1/2 tsp castile soap, a few drops of tea tree oil and 2 cups hot water. It's a great all purpose cleaner. ;)

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial on making my own cleaning products. Stopping by from the blog hop. New follower your welcome to visit anytime. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com

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  6. This great! I am definitely going to give this a try, especially for the bathroom. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  7. Thank you all for the kind words! And thank you Monica for the idea to make the cleaner myself too...

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  8. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it! Stopping by from SITS! :)

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  9. I love this idea! Anytime I can find alternative ways to use products, i'm happy. I did that with my "Double Duty Beaty" post (http://www.pricillajdesigns.com/2012/07/double-duty-beauty.html).

    I would love to read more like this!

    Showing you love from SITS!

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  10. What a great idea! I normally buy the Clorox disinfectant wipes and love them but they are pricey. As soon as I run out of those I am definitely trying this!

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  11. This is an awesome idea. I prefer wipes to spraying and pouring cleanser everywhere too. I will try this. Thanks for the Mr. Clean with Febreeze mention. I hadn't tried it before either.

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  12. Great idea! I saw your post over at Debbie Doo's pinning party and I am going to pin your idea for making cleaning cloths over on Pinterest so the world can see it too.

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  13. That light bulb moment must’ve really helped you! Haha! My wife has been doing that too, anyway… She likes to use different disinfectants every week or every time we already ran out of cleaning wipes. It is so effective and so much cheaper. I even use those wipes for my stuff!
    -Veloshine.com

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  14. Thank you very much for sharing this cleaning tips. I'll be sure to keep this in mind.

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