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. What’s more, antibacterial wipes are in huge demand now during the coronavirus outbreak, which turned many of us into borderline hypochondriacs virtually overnight.
And last but not least, 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 them 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, those contain harmful chemicals, colors and fragrances. This homemade antibacterial wipe recipe is 100% 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
Homemade Antibacterial Wipes: FAQ
What Type of Alcohol Should I Use?
For these DIY antibacterial wipes (and any kind of homemade disinfecting product) use a brand with an alcohol content between 60% and 80%. For antibacterial wipes to be effective at killing the nasties, coronoaviruses included, you also need to make sure that after adding all other ingredients (lotion, essential oils) the alcohol concentration of the wipes sits around those numbers.
When the alcohol concentration drops below 50%, the effectiveness of sanitizers dramatically drops as well. And keep in mind that no amount of alcohol can kill things like noroviruses or
If you’re thinking about simply using pure alcohol concentrations of more than 90% on their own or with very few added extras to nuke germs out of existence, think again. Because of the lack of moisture, +90% alcohol evaporates faster than 70% alcohol leaving less surface contact time to eradicate the bad bugs. Also, high alcohol concentrations might give off toxic fumes and are considerably pricier than 70% alcohol solutions.
What If My Local Store Has Run Out of Rubbing Alcohol?
In some areas, rubbing alcohol might be very hard to find or be insanely pricey. Because of the Corona scare, prices have skyrocketed from around $2 per quart to a whopping $10 per one quart bottle, or even more.
If you have a bottle of grain alcohol with a high alcohol content in your stash, you could use it in this recipe. Look for alcohol concentrations of 190 proof (or 80% alcohol by volume or ABV) or higher for the most effective DIY ethanol-based sanitizing wipes.
Can I Use High Proof Liquor Instead?
You could swap rubbing alcohol with liquor like this rocket fuel-like Polish vodka if the spirits are bottled at 150 proof or higher. In the U.S., slash the “proof” of a bottle of spirits in half to find its alcohol concentration, e.g., 151 proof means 75.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). In the U.K, multiply the ABV by 1.75% to find the proof, while in France the proof equals the ABV.
Update: These DIY antibacterial 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?
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