DIY Cleaning Wipes (Reusable & Disinfecting)

DIY Reusable cleaning wipes

“I love to clean. I love to clean. I really love to clean.” 

Maybe I should try clicking my heels together, while holding the dog? “Toto…”

“I love to clean. I love to clean.” 


Despite my best effort, cleaning is simply not my “thing.” I realize it’s probably not many people’s “thing.” Very few people walk around dreaming about going home and breaking out the wipes, broom, and duster to spend hours cleaning every square inch of the house. Or is that just me?  Maybe cleaning really is some people’s “thing.”  If so, I have a room for you, and warm bread. Please say you’ll stay!

My “thing”? Well, I love my bed, fluffy pillows, and nap time. Ahh, the things that become your “thing” after embracing motherhood.

Anyway, we were talking about cleaning, not napping. Right? Let’s get back to the whole cleaning thing, because we have established it’s a “thing.”

DIY Reusable and Disinfecting Cleaning Cloths

Whether this whole cleaning love (AKA “thing”) is an inherited gene or inspired from browsing way too many Martha Stewart magazines, is still a great mystery to me. I love the benefits of a clean home; and I promise my family enjoys the benefits of a regularly (a word with many meanings) cleaned home. Nightly dishes are always tended to, clothes are folded when I’m not sidetracked by popsicle-making, and toilets are cleaned daily (four year-old boy, enough said). I diligently keep my house as clean as possible with an active family, eight chickens (they live outside) and two dogs.

Since the act of cleaning simply doesn’t fill me with warm little flurries of happiness, I’ve been trying to make chores much more of an enjoyable process. Something I look forward to, not just the end result, but the actual process of scrubbing around the potty (I mean, toilet) and wiping the counter for the umpteenth time. That’s a lot, incase you’re math challenged like myself; also not my “thing.”

DIY Reusable and Disinfecting Cleaning Cloths

Creating the Natural Kids’ Cleaning Kit convinced my kids cleaning was their “thing.” In fact, Londyn (2) can be found at random times during the day washing walls and spraying spots on the floor. True story. So, why can’t mommy fall in love with the cleaning process?

After much thought (time I probably should have spent cleaning) revelation came: I need to make the process appealing. “Appealing” was just the word I needed, the wheels turned and soon pretty pink washcloths were pulled from the back of the linen closet and vinegar was poured into a glass jar. This mom simply needed a change from the mundane white cloth and spray bottle (filled with natural homemade cleaner).

Enter the simplest DIY cleaning wipes EVER.

DIY cleaning wipes have turned cleaning chores into my “thing.” Pretty magical, right? While these wipes aren’t really magical, they pack a powerful natural cleaning punch via pretty little towels that can be reused over and over again. When the toilet needs some TLC, simply grab a wet wipe and dance your way into that bathroom. Magical!

DIY Reusable and Disinfecting Cleaning Cloths

Whether cleaning is your “thing” or your wanna-be “thing,” DIY cleaning wipes will make your house sparkle and keep your budget low with only a few simple, natural ingredients.

DIY Cleaning Wipes


  • 2 cups water (distilled for long term use, tap water is fine if using within a week)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil (where to buy)
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil (where to buy)
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil (where to buy)
  • 6 washcloths


  1. Roll the washcloths and place in a jar.
  2. In a small bowl combine the water, vinegar, and essential oils.
  3. Pour the vinegar mixture over the washcloths, pressing the washcloths down into the liquid. The washcloths should be wet. Depending on the size of your washcloths, you may need to add more vinegar/water as needed.
  4. Close the lid on the jar.
  5. Remove the washcloths from the jar as needed. Wash the dirty cloths in the washer, and repeat the process.

Bonus: DIY cleaning wipes are perfect to use as homemade Swiffer pads! Simply attach a wipe to a standard Swiffer base and clean the floor.

DIY Reusable and Disinfecting Cleaning Cloths

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Kristin is a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Piper (4) and Londyn (2). She loves to share her real food tips, ideas, and recipes for feeding the entire family nourishing real food. She is passionate about encouraging moms on this journey of simple, natural living and traditional, real food. Kristin is a professional writer and the creator of Live Simply.


  • Reply August 12, 2014


    Hi Kristin! What an awesome idea! Especially with children around! I love this! I have so many jars and rags; this will work for me! Blessings from Bama!

    • Reply August 12, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Felecia, Thank you! The cleaning wipes work so great particularly with kids around the house. Enjoy!!

  • Reply August 15, 2014


    Just for clarification – the washcloths are dry when put in the jar?

    • Reply August 15, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Bonnie, Yes, you’re correct. The washcloths are dry before putting in the jar and then pouring the vinegar mixture over top. Enjoy!

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  • Reply August 20, 2014


    Hi there! Awesome idea, will definitely give it a try here! One question though…once you use one washcloth on the countertop or around the toilet seat…do you put it back in the jar to reuse or just toss in the hamper?

    • Reply August 21, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Chrissy, Thank you. Once a cloth has been used for cleaning I toss it in the washing machine and dryer. Once dry and clean I add it back to the cleaning solution, until more solution is needed to wet the washcloths.

  • Reply August 24, 2014


    Genius! I go through way too many paper towels, using a similar homemade cleaning recipe. Why didn’t I ever think of just keep a jar of cloths soaking?! Thank you for your brain! :)

  • Reply September 21, 2014

    Heather Humes

    Thank you for this super idea! I just received my oils and was looking for a recipe to test them on and I found this. I made it and it works great. Thank you!!

    • Reply September 21, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      You’re so welcome, Heather! Glad you got to make and use them so quickly!

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