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How to make disinfectant wipes from your home

Disinfectant wipes can be used to wipe down commonly touched surfaces and items such as countertops, doorknobs, keys, faucets, etc. Germs such as the novel Coronavirus can survive up to several hours on surfaces. Wiping them down with disinfecting wipes helps to remove dirt and kill germs on them.

homemade-wipesJust like most essential items, disinfecting wipes are now hard to find in stores. The available ones are now expensive and may be above what you are willing to spend. The next alternative would be to make your own disinfectant wipes at home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-based wipes containing at least 70% alcohol are effective for disinfecting.  Read on to learn how to make yours based on DIY disinfecting wipes recipes from Simplydesigning.porch.com

What You Will Need

  • ½ cups of isopropyl alcohol (at least 70-91% alcohol)
  • ¼  teaspoon of dishwashing soap
  • 3-20 drops of essential oil (adjust to your preference)
  • Paper towels
  • Air-tight container
  • Bowl and spoon

How to Make Disinfectant Wipes

  • Cut the paper towels to fit into the air-tight container and keep aside.
  • Measure out your ingredients and pour the alcohol into a bowl.
  • Pour in the dishwashing liquid and drops of essential oil.
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly then pour the solution on the paper towels which are in the air-tight container.
  • Seal the container and shake well to ensure that all paper towels get wet.
  • Leave the wipes in the container and remove each wipe when needed.

This disinfecting wipe has alcohol as its main ingredient. It is not lab tested therefore the specific amount of alcohol in each wipe cannot be accurately stated. So it is important to be cautious while using the wipes in surfaces that are very sensitive to high levels of alcohol.