Posted on June 15, 2020 by Chad Pegura | 29 comments
Ask any woman you know and they probably have disinfecting wipes, whether at home or in their purse. Disinfecting wipes are quite handy for cleaning surfaces as well as parts of your body throughout the day. If you use disinfecting wipes regularly, then you probably spend a fair bit of money on them each month. Have you ever considered trying to make your own DIY disinfecting wipes with your favorite essential oils?
The short answer: yes!
Essential oils have numerous properties and uses. Aside from their ability to calm you down, a good number of essential oils have antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. You may not be aware of this, but every time you use your nebulizing diffuser, you get various health benefits from the essential oils you choose. Since your nebulizing diffuser disperses essential oil particles in their undiluted form, those particles can disinfect the surfaces that they land on.
With this homemade disinfecting wipes recipe, you can harness the disinfecting abilities of essential oils.
This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients that you likely already have at home.
A lot of essential oils have disinfecting properties, but for this recipe, use the following:
These essential oils complement not only each other’s disinfecting properties but also each other’s scents. You will find that these will make your disinfecting wipes smell wonderful. If you are not fond of any of these essential oils, possible alternatives are lavender, geranium, orange, peppermint, and thyme essential oils.
Alcohol is capable of killing viruses and bacteria. You will need at least a 70% alcohol solution in your disinfecting wipes for them to be effective. Here are your options:
A small amount of hydrogen peroxide (0.5%) will make your wipes more efficient at disinfecting.
Store your disinfecting wipes in a glass jar. Glass is the best storage option for essential oils since they can break down plastic. You can also use a stainless-steel container.
You can use any type of paper towel for your wipes; just make sure that they are thick enough to be submerged in the disinfecting solution without dissolving. Fold your paper towels to a size that fits your jar. You can soak 30-40 sheets of paper towels with this recipe.
If you have a portable stainless-steel container, you can pack these homemade disinfecting wipes and take them anywhere.
These homemade disinfectant wipes are made with potent essential oils. Here are the benefits of using essential oils as disinfectant wipes:
Essential oils are all-natural, non-toxic disinfectants. You can disinfect your house and everything else you want to clean without having to use harsh chemicals.
Essential oils have pleasant scents, unlike the chemicals used in store-bought disinfectant wipes. You could even customize the scent of your wipes based on your preferences. Just make sure to use essential oils with antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties.
You can use the disinfecting wipes on any surface in your home, including remote controls, light switches, and carpets.
These DIY disinfectant wipes are free of toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment. You can also recycle or upcycle materials for this recipe.
The individual ingredients can be a bit costly, but you can make 2 to 3 batches of disinfectant wipes with them. You will definitely get the most bang for your buck.