How to Make Your Own Disinfecting Wipes

by | Updated: October 14th, 2020 | Read time: 2 minutes

It’s no secret that cleanliness is more important now than ever before – no matter where you are. Hand sanitizer and wipes have become essential items for leaving the house. Because of this, sanitizing and cleaning products have become hard to find. The high demand for hand soaps, hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes is more than most stores are able to handle. Luckily, you can now cross wipes off your shopping list, thanks to this DIY solution.

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Disinfecting wipes are perfect for quick, on-the-go sanitizing, like when you’re dining at a restaurant, shopping or stopping at the gas station. Grab a few ingredients, make disinfecting wipes at home and stop worrying about where you’ll be able to find them on your hunt through the barren cleaning supplies aisles.

The most important part of this disinfecting solution is using at least 70% alcohol to get the full germ-fighting benefits, as per CDC guidelines. You can use either isopropyl alcohol (also known as “rubbing alcohol”) or ethyl alcohol, though isopropyl alcohol is more readily available. Once you have this, all you need are some paper towels, dish soap, distilled water and an empty wipe container. Essential oils are also a great addition, giving your cleaning mixture a pleasant scent.

From here, it‘s as simple as cutting your paper towel roll to fit the container and mixing together the disinfecting solution. Give this simple, incredibly useful DIY a try next time you run out of wipes!


DIY Disinfectant Wipes

1 empty wipe container (or large glass container)
1 roll of paper towels
2 cups distilled water
1 cup 70% isopropyl (or ethyl) alcohol
1 Tbsp. dish soap
A few drops of essential oils, optional


  1. Using a serrated knife, cut paper towel roll to fit into wipe container; insert roll.
  2. In bowl, mix together water, alcohol, soap and essential oils.
  3. Pour the mixture over paper towels and let sit for 2 minutes.
  4. Pull out the cardboard roll from the middle of the paper towels.
  5. Seal your wipes with a tight-fitting lid.