Homemade Antibacterial Wipes Made for Pennies. This Homemade Antibacterial Wipe Recipe Is Natural, Effective, and Won’t Dry Out Your Skin With Repeated Use.
One of my long-term goals is to be more intentional with my money. To me, intentional means spending my money wisely, not wasting it on something I don’t really need, and looking for ways to make items at home for less money.
Plus I love being able to control the ingredients of items that I put on (or in) my family whenever possible. I found a video for homemade antibacterial wipes and thought I would give it a try. I added a little twist of my own by adding essential oils.
We use these homemade wipes at home and I also keep the on hand in the car. Since I have the ingredients on hand, I thought I would put a batch together and tell you about the results.
Sometimes when you are out of the house, it’s not practical to do regular hand washing, with ordinary soap, which is the best way to fight germs and avoid getting sick. Fragrance-free alcohol hand sanitizers are good options when no sink is available – like a school classroom, or at the grocery store, for example. However, these contain harmful chemicals, colors and fragrance.
This homemade antibacterial wipe recipe is natural, effective, and won’t dry out your skin with repeated use.
Ingredients to make homemade antibacterial wipes:
- Homemade lotion (recipe found here)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Essential Oil of choice (try orange or lemon)
- Heavy duty paper towels
- Ziploc bags (to mix the lotion and alcohol, and store them afterward) OR
- A container for the finished wipes
Place equal parts of homemade lotion and rubbing alcohol plus at least 15 drops of essential oil in a Ziploc bag or similar container. You need something you are able to kneed, to get it mixed together the best you can. I used a 16 oz bottle of alcohol and a 16 oz of homemade lotion.
Cut the paper towels into smaller sizes. I used the heavy duty Kirkland brand, and the towels are huge. Bigger than I need my wipes to be – so I cut them into thirds. I ended up with 120 individual wipe pieces.
Place the cut paper towel pieces in your container and pour the liquid over it. Allow it it sit for at least 30 minutes so it will soak up all the liquid.I ended up turning the container upside down several times to make sure the paper towels were completely saturated.
I could probably have added even more paper towels, they might be a little on the “wet” side.
I split the batch into 3 separate Ziploc bags, added a few more drops of essential oil for good measure, and placed one in my car to use on grocery shopping trips and on the go, one in my 72-hour kit for future use, and one in the kitchen for daily use.
Cost of 120 homemade antibacterial wipes $5.49 or .04 cents each
Paper towels 1/2 a roll $1.25
Rubbing alcohol $ 1.99
Homemade lotion $1.50
Essential oil $.75
Update: These wipes have worked really well and I am going to make another batch. I did find that the three-ply paper towels separated after awhile, so I had to take more than one out at a time. I wonder if I could use rags or old t-shirts in place of the paper towels and how they would wash up afterward? Share your ideas in the comments below.