DIY: Making Earth-Friendly Disinfectant Wipes

Reusable Disinfectant Wipes

I love a good hack, especially as it relates to curbing my spending on everyday household items for which I’d much rather find a healthy, affordable and eco-friendly alternative.

Disinfectant Liquid

Enter the reusable disinfectant wipe – so handy and versatile, and it smells divine πŸ™‚

I’ve been getting used to more than just the weather since landing in Toronto, Canada a few months back, and one of the first assaults on the senses that I had to deal with is the sheer amount of convenience-led culture that exists in the First World. It is overwhelming and makes me a little sick to my stomach to see how much people in developed countries consume mass-produced goods.

I think the scale of the climate emergency becomes a whole lot more apparent when you expose yourself to the sheer volume of consumption that exists within the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) sector in North America. Given that it is as easy to shop online and receive goods via one of the oligopolistic-corporations within hours of purchase, as it is to walk into a store and pay for your groceries – it is clear to see why we’ve ended up in this mess. The culture of convenience that we as humans are brainwashed to believe exists for our betterment is precisely what has created our division from nature, and its persistence in harming the planet.

So to hack the system and help restore some balance to the Force, I decided to curb my use of regular paper towels (Carlton towels for the Saffas) for kitchen clean-up and make my version of Lysol wipes that are sold in trolley-loads here in The Great White North.

I upcycled an old tub of Lysol wipes that were left behind by the previous occupants of my new apartment. I also wanted to ensure that my home is free of hormone-disrupting cleaning products.

I would have ordinarily purchased natural, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, but I have been so overwhelmed by the many brands available that it has been pretty tough making choices when I’m out shopping. (I’m still learning the lay of the land, and the cost of living is pretty steep in comparison to Johannesburg, South Africa, so it isn’t easy to go by trial-and-error to see what sticks).

I sought the help of Wellness Mama, my trusted online source for all things natural and wellness-related since 2006 (the year I went green).

Katie’s recipe called for the following ingredients: reusable cloths, Vodka, castile soap, distilled water and
essential oils.

Reusable Disinfectant Wipes

I played around with what I had in my home, and for some of the ingredients, I had to make a special trip to the store to get. All in all, it was a pretty quick and nifty exercise to make these wipes.

I adjusted the measurements of the original recipe to suit the size of the tub I had on hand. I found Citrus-scented Castile Soap which negated the need for extra essential oils, however, I am fond of Sweet Orange and Sage essential oils at the moment, so I threw some additional drops of these in there to help clarify the air and promote happiness while cleaning πŸ˜‰

Adapted Ingredients:
– 8x Reusable Cloths/Swabs
– 125 ml of Vodka
– 1.5 Tbsp of Castile Soap
– 1.5 cups of Distilled Water
– 10 drops of Sweet Orange and Sage Essential Oils in total

Layered Cloth Roll

Steps
1. Cut your old t-shirts, cloths or swabs in a rectangular cleaning-cloth size (8 large cloths made 32 cleaning wipes)
2. Caterpillar layer the cloths halfway inside each other and roll them up to fit inside your tub.
3. Test the pull-out mechanism to ensure that the thickness of your cloth is right. Otherwise, roll the cloths individually and follow Wellness Mama’s steps.
4. In a beaker or mixing bowl, gently whisk all the wet ingredients together.
5. Pour the liquid mixture which will look cloudy into the centre of your rolled up cloth.
6. Allow your cloth to soak up all the liquid and give the tub an all-around good shake.
7. Take a look at the wetness of the cloths. You may need to make a smaller batch of disinfectant liquid that will help continue to moisten your cloths in the tub.
8. Happy cleaning! You’ve now got your own Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes πŸ™ŒπŸ’ͺ

Remember, once you’ve used a wipe, you can stick them in the washing machine to give them a thorough clean. Once all dry, you can repeat the process.

I’d like to how long the cloths take to disintegrate after a few repeats of this process. And I am keen to see if my hack has any traction on the sustainability front too. Will keep you posted πŸ‘