Natural Cleaning: homemade antibacterial wipes

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I have been trying out some natural, homemade cleaning products around our home over the last few months, particularly all-purpose cleaning sprays that I use to wipe over benches, tables, door knobs etc. My go-to cleaning spray has been a mix of plain old white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. It works surprisingly well for the general cleaning. For tougher dirt and grime, like on the stove top for example, I have been sprinkling bicarb soda on the surface first, then hitting it with my vinegar spray to make it bubble and fizz, before wiping it clean. It is fantastic!

Fast forward to today, and I am in need of a super quick and easy, antibacterial solution to deal with germs…..nasty germs…..the viral kind that kids attract! Yep, we’ve been hit! Our 17 month old son has not only chicken pox, but also hand foot and mouth disease (and a secondary ear infection *sigh*).

I need something I can just grab, wipe, and toss. I found myself wishing I had some antibacterial wipes like the Pine O Clean ones…….so I made some!!!!


I know that vinegar has disinfecting properties, and so does Tea Tree Oil, so I combined the power of both of them, making a solution with some boiled water. I found an old wipes container, and filled it with squares of paper towel that I folded in half, and poured the vinegar/tea tree/water mix over the top slowly. Next time, I would make reusable wipes using something like Chux Superwipes, but I didn’t have any on hand today. I used Handee Ultra paper towel, as I find it holds up really well when wet, not like some of the cheaper, no-name paper towel on the market.

So far I have used my homemade wipes on the toilet lid and seat; the coffee table; keyboard and mouse; bench tops; stove top; and toys that Master E has been chewing on. I also plan to do my bathroom; the nappy bucket; and the garbage bin….I will probably do most things in the house actually. They are very handy little wipes, and do a good job.

As an added bonus, Tea Tree is a natural deoderiser, so my house has a lovely clean, fresh smell today.

For more information on Tea Tree Oil and Vinegar, you can visit the following links:

http://thegreenmomreview.com/2008/05/25/tea-tree-oil/

http://frugalandthriving.com.au/2009/tea-tree-oil/

http://www.parentdish.com/2010/01/11/tea-tree-oil-eco-friendly-cleaner/

http://www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=7

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Comments
  1. Nikki says:

    That is really smart 🙂 It’s so much nicer to use natural products, isn’t it? What about lemon juice? I’ve heard that’s very good for cleaning but is it antibacterial? Maybe it bleaches too easily…

    Nikki – inspire nordic

    • I have heard lemon juice is effective in cleaning, but not sure if it has antibacterial properties or not. I have been told you can clean your microwave by puttin lemonjuice and water in a bowl, and microwaving it so the steam loosen any cooked on grease and food. I haven’t tried it yet though.

  2. naturalnewagemum says:

    that is a great idea !! I had seen the baby wipes done, but this is great! 🙂

    • Thanks, they are so easy too. I am already on my second batch. I have seen the baby wipes also, so I knew it could be done. Of course, now that I have Googled, I can see lots of examples of these lol.

  3. Kelly says:

    How do you cut the paper towels for the old wipes container? Do you cut the paper towel roll?

  4. six sisters says:

    Thanks for being a part of our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We loved having you and hope you’ll be back! -The Sisters

  5. aidly02 says:

    You might think of adding rubbing alcohol to your mix. It’s the effective over the counter way to actually kill viral bacteria… the other stuff will work for most other bacteria but cant take out the viral stuff. So just a suggestion, but I love this idea I”m gonna try this for sure!

  6. I have read so many articles and I am confused why do they use vinegar as an item for cleaning? What does it makes? As I know vinegar has a sour smell that would surely leave to place will it been scattered..

  7. linda says:

    Vinegar is becoming a common cleaning agent. HOWEVER, it should never be used with anything containing a “chloro” ingredient–including scouring powder. To do so would release chlorine gas–a WWI chemical warfare gas. Everyone knows not to mix ammonia and bleach. Never mix vinegar with a chlorine containing product.

  8. how much of each did you use? I horrible at the “eyeball” method- I need a recipe LOL

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