Monday, April 1, 2013

Disinfecting Wipes

Wiping up messes around here is a never ending job.  At any given moment, there are at least 32 messes that need wiped up.  A Mama needs a serious weapon in her arsenal to win such a battle.  These wipes are my serious weapon.  I like to keep a canister of them in the bathroom and the kitchen at all times.  They really do a great job, and the homemade version is much less expensive than the popular store bought kind.
My recipe is very very similar to my all-purpose cleaner recipe.
Here is what you need:
1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tsp clear ammonia
1 tsp mild dish soap
1/2 tsp lemon juice
a little less than 1 2/3 cups of cold water

Measure the alcohol, ammonia, dish soap and lemon juice into a 2 cup measuring cup.  Then fill it the rest of the way with water.  Stir just until it looks combined.
You are also going to need an entire roll of a nice and sturdy paper towels.  Viva works great.  I am using the Aldi's brand here and they work very well, too.
Pour a little of the solution into the bottom of a nice large canister.  You could be creative, as far as the type of container you use is concerned.  You could get a nice glass canister with a clasp on the lid, or you could use an old wet wipes container and recycle that.  The only requirements are that it has a lid that seals tight and it is large enough to hold an entire roll of paper towels.
Next, you start stuffing the paper towels in, trying not to tear them apart as you go.  Not that it would be the end of the world if they tore, I just find it more convenient if they stay stuck together until I am ready to use them.  
After you stuff about 1/3 of the towels in, pour some solution on them, and then stuff more and pour more  and repeat, until you have all of the towels stuffed in.  Pour the last little bit of solution on top of the towels and let them rest a bit.  The solution needs some time to soak into each and every towel. 

I use these on almost everything.  They are great for wiping down the bathroom at the end of the day.  I even use them on the mirror.  I also always have something handy to wipe up the kitchen counter or a mess on the floor. 

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