Homemade “Lysol” Disinfecting Wipes

There’s a difference between cleaning and disinfecting.

  • Cleaning removes dirt, food, liquids, and other impurities from the surface.
  • Disinfecting kills viruses and other germs on surfaces and objects.

 

Many homemade cleaning wipes are great for cleaning, but they’re not good disinfectants.  Most DIY cleaning wipes only use vinegar, Castile soap, or detergents like Sal Suds or natural dish soap.  While those types of ingredients are great for making homemade cleaning wipes, they are not effective disinfectants.

 

To make effective homemade Lysol wipes or Clorox wipes that will truly disinfect, the liquid disinfecting solution needs to be at least 70% alcohol according to the CDCThat means that for this recipe you need to use either isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) or grain alcohol that is at least 140 proof.

 

It’s easy to make DIY disinfectant wipes that are natural and don’t have any harsh chemicals.  You just need the right recipe.  And I’ve got you covered.

 

 

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3 key ingredients in homemade disinfecting wipes

 

1.  alcohol

Alcohol is a natural antibacterial and antiviral.    How does alcohol kill viruses and bacteria?  Alcohol damages the cell walls of organisms.  That allows the alcohol to enter the organism and destroy them.

According to the CDC, you want to use an alcohol that is at least 70% alcohol to disinfect surfaces.  You can use either ethanol (that’s what in the alcohol that you drink) or isopropyl alcohol (that’s what’s commonly called rubbing alcohol).  Both ethanol and isopropyl alcohol are effective disinfectants.  The key is to use a product that is at least 70% alcohol.  Here are just some of the alcohols that you can use to properly disinfect surfaces for viruses and other germs:

70%+ ethanol products — Look for 140 proof or higher drinkable grain alcohols.  You’ll find these in the grain alcohol (or vodka) section of your local liquor store.

    • Everclear (190 proof, 92.4% ethanol)
    • Spirytus vodka (note: While most vodka sold in the United States is only 80 proof or 40% alcohol, Spirytus vodka is 192 proof, 96% alcohol.  When using vodka in this homemade “Lysol” disinfecting spray make sure that you choose a vodka that is at least 140 proof)
    • Golden Grain (190 proof, 95% alcohol)

70%+ isopropyl alcohol – You’ll find these in the pharmaceutical section of your local Walmart, Target, or drug store.  Look for bottles labeled isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol.

    • 70% rubbing alcohol
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • 99% rubbing alcohol

 

2.  hydrogen peroxide

A study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection suggested that viruses could be “efficiently inactivated” with disinfectants that contain alcohol and .5% hydrogen peroxide.

 

3.  essential oil

See below for a list of essential oils with disinfecting properties like antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial.

 

 

Homemade "Lysol" disinfecting wipes ingredients and tools, grain alcohol rubbing alcohol essential oils paper towels DIY Lysol wipes DIY Clorox wipes

 

Which essential oils have disinfecting properties?

Even after years of using essential oils, it still amazes me all that they can do.  The essential oils listed below are just some of the many essential oils that have disinfecting properties like being antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, and deodorizing.

  1. tea tree
  2. lavender
  3. geranium
  4. lemon
  5. orange
  6. eucalyptus
  7. rosemary
  8. cinnamon
  9. clove
  10. thyme
  11. peppermint

 

List of disinfecting essential oils cinnamon clove eucalyptus geranium lavender lemon orange peppermint rosemary tea tree thyme antibacterial anitfungal antiviral

 

 

I use these disinfecting wipes in the kitchen, bathroom, and all over my home.

It’s great on non-porous hard surfaces.  Here are just some of the places I use it:

kitchen

  • countertop
  • trashcan
  • cabinet pulls
  • faucet
  • light switches
  • refrigerator handles
  • oven knobs and handle

bathroom

  • doorknobs
  • light switches
  • toilet
  • faucets
  • countertop

around my home

  • remote controls
  • computer mouse
  • phones
  • thermometers
  • light switches
  • doorknobs

outside my home

  • steering wheel and gearshift in my car
  • shopping cart
  • restaurant table
  • airplane – air vent, seat belt, tray table, seatback

 

surfaces to clean using homemade disinfecting wipes with essential oils light switches remote controls door knobs faucets

 

 

How to make homemade disinfecting wipes

 

step 1:  mix the following in a large measuring cup or pitcher

  • 3 cups alcohol (see note below about which alcohol to use)
  • 3/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (3% hydrogen peroxide)
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus radiata essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil

 

importantThe CDC recommends that for effective disinfecting you should use a disinfectant that has at least 70% alcohol content.  That means that for this recipe you need to use either isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) or grain alcohol that is at least 140 proof.  Here are just some of the alcohols that you can use to properly disinfect surfaces for viruses and other germs:

  1. 70%+ ethanol products — Look for 140 proof or higher drinkable grain alcohols.  You’ll find these in the grain alcohol (or vodka) section of your local liquor store.
    • Everclear (190 proof, 92.4% ethanol)
    • Spirytus vodka (note: While most vodka sold in the United States is only 80 proof or 40% alcohol, Spirytus vodka is 192 proof, 96% alcohol.  When using vodka in this homemade “Lysol” disinfecting spray make sure that you choose a vodka that is at least 140 proof)
    • Golden Grain (190 proof, 95% alcohol)
  2. 70%+ isopropyl alcohol – You’ll find these in the pharmaceutical section of your local Walmart, Target, or drug store.  Look for bottles labeled isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol.
    • 70% rubbing alcohol
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • 99% rubbing alcohol

 

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adding essential oils to homemade disinfecting wipes cleaning solution

 

 

step 2:   pour about 2 cups of the alcohol/hydrogen peroxide/essential oil mixture into your wipes container

tip: Choose a container with an airtight lid 

tip: Choose a container that’s made from materials safe to use with diluted essential oils.  Glass, stainless steel, and certain types of plastic (plastic #1 HDPE or plastic #2 PET) work well.

tip:  Choose a container that’s large enough to hold 30-40 paper towels plus the 3 cups of disinfecting solution

 

pouring homemade disinfecting wipes cleaning solution into jar DIY lysol wipes DIY clorox wipes

 

 

step 3:  prepare the paper for your wipes

  • You can use paper towels, dinner napkins, or disposable guest towels.  Make sure that whatever you choose to use is thick, high quality paper so that it will stand up to the disinfectant and use.
  • Use about 30-40 Select-a-Size paper towels, dinner napkins, or guest towels.
  • If using paper towels, fold each in half like I did in the photo below.
  • Then stack the 30-40 wipes on top of each other.

 

prepping paper towels to add to homemade disinfecting wipes cleaning solution

 

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step 4:  Fold the stack of wipes and add them to your wipes container

 

adding paper towels to jar of homemade disinfecting wipes solution

 

 

step 5:  Turn the wipes container on its side and swirl the disinfectant liquid around the wipes so that they all get wet.

 

step 6:  Pour the remaining cup of disinfectant over the wipes trying to get all the wipes wet.

Tip:  You should have some liquid at the bottom of your wipes container.  This liquid will help make sure that your wipes stay properly moistened as you use them in the future.

 

pouring remainder of homemade disinfecting wipes solution over paper towels making homemade disinfecting wipes with essential oils

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step 7 (optional):  add a label  (click here to get a free printable of my label + printable recipe)

Homemade DIY disinfecting wipes with essential oils made naturally using CDC recommendations. DIY Lysol wipes, DIY Clorox wipes, homemade cleaning wipes essential oils, DIY sanitizer with essential oils, antiviral antibacterial cleaning with essential oils for your home, car, or office. One Essential Community.

 

 

How to use these wipes to disinfect surfaces

  • If surface is visibly dirty, pre-clean surface with an all-purpose cleaner or cleaning wipes
  • Pull a wipe out of container, making sure that wipe is wet with disinfecting solution.
  • Wipe hard, non-porous surfaces with the wipe until surface is visibly wet.
  • Leave surface wet for a few minutes and allow to air dry.

 

Homemade DIY disinfecting wipes with essential oils made naturally using CDC recommendations. DIY Lysol wipes, DIY Clorox wipes, homemade cleaning wipes essential oils, DIY sanitizer with essential oils, antiviral antibacterial cleaning with essential oils for your home, car, or office. One Essential Community.

 

 

Be sure to grab a free printable of this recipe and label here

link to printable homemade disinfecting wipes recipe and label

 

 

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Sarah Lewis

A little thing about me: I 💙 essential oils. I also love using my background in research to help people learn more about essential oils and all the wonderful ways they can be used. I share DIY recipes for natural cleaners that really work, non-toxic beauty solutions, and holistic wellness. My essential oil recipes, info, and tips have been viewed more than 20 million times. I've been featured on MindBodyGreen, Health & Natural Living, All Natural Ideas, This Natural Home, Natural Living Ideas, and Passion for Savings.