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How to Make Reusable Disinfectant Wipes

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These DIY disinfectant wipes are easy to make and they're reusable! Just fill a mason jar with 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup of water, 1 tsp of dish soap, and 10 drops of essential oil. Stick a couple of washcloths or or rags in the jar, and you're ready to go!

The ProHowNow Way: Use Reusable Washcloths Rather Than Wasting Paper Towels

As the ProHowNow team writes this, we're in the thick of the COVID-19 outbreak and sheltering at home. It's almost impossible to find toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes at the store, but not to worry! You probably have what you need lying around the house to make your own, reusable disinfectant wipes.

Here's what you need:

The essential oil is just to add a pleasant odor to the otherwise smelly concoction, so if you don't have it, no big deal.

Mix all the wet ingredients in your jar, and then place your washcloths in there to soak it up, and you're ready to go. Use the cloths to clean up any surfaces you'd normally clean up with a disposable wipe. If the surface isn't too dirty, you can stick the cloth back in your jar afterward, cap it up, and stow it away for next time. If the surface is really dirty, throw the cloth in the laundry to wash it before sticking it back in your jar for storage.

ProHowNow Tips & Precautions

We recommend using thin washcloths if you have them. Sponges and thicker, more absorbent cloths work, but you'll want to wring them out into your jar beforehand so as not to make a mess.

Also, be smart! Here are a couple of disclaimers and precautions to consider:

  • Like with all cleaning chemicals, keep this stuff locked up and away from kids

  • Make your cleaning solution in a well ventilated area—rubbing alcohol and vinegar are both volatile and smelly

  • Keep the cleaning solution away from flames—rubbing alcohol can be flammable, depending on how concentrated it is

  • As with all cleaners and disinfectant wipes, protect your eyes and skin when handling

  • This solution should kill most germs thanks to the combination of vinegar and rubbing alcohol, but there's no guarantee it will kill viruses—if you're worried about a potentially contaminated surface and want to be 100% sure, use a cleaning spray that's guaranteed to kill viruses, such as Clorox disinfectant spray

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