How to Make Antibacterial Wipes


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Have you ever wondered how to make antibacterial wipes? It’s actually quite easy and very budget-friendly. Whether you can’t find wipes at the store or simply want to save some money, this DIY house cleaner takes just minutes.

DIY antibacterial paper towel wipes

DIY home cleaning supplies are easy to make and effective at cleaning!

We are no strangers to making our own homemade cleaning products. In fact, when the kids were younger, I made my own cleaners all the time!  One of my favorites was our DIY granite cleaner for our counter tops.  So easy to make, so cheap, and really works!

Last week I was at lunch with a friend and she asked me if I could share my DIY antibacterial wipes post with her because she had looked for it on the site but couldn’t find it. I had to think about it for a minute and then realized that she was thinking about the DIY baby wipes guest post that went up on the site many years ago.

Since then I have made antibacterial wipes for surface wipe downs, but I guess I never posted it.

Well today is the day!

Antibacterial Wipe Supplies

Here’s what you need to make some easy and effective wipes:

  • A roll of paper towels (or a few cut up old T-shirts for a reusable option)
  • A dilutable disinfectant like concentrated Lysol
  • Boiled water (boiled to kill any bacteria, then cooled)

How to Make Antibacterial Wipes

Whether you can’t find wipes in stock at your local store or you simply want to save some money, the DIY route is an easy alternative. As antibacterial wipes run low in supply, parents, teachers and caregivers are looking for a quick and easy way to clean and disinfect surfaces.

To make your own disinfectant wipes you will need a container to store them in. This can be a food storage container, an empty wipes container previous pack of disinfectant wipes, or even a baby wipes container.

If using paper towels, cut the roll in half to fit easily in most containers and make a better handling size for homemade disinfectant wipes.

Paper Towel Cut in Half

If using cloth wipes, fold them to fit neatly in your container.

Next, create your solution. The directions on your bottle of concentrated cleaner will tell you how to mix disinfectant by the gallon. If you are not filling a few spray bottles at the same time (makes a great multi-surface cleaning spray), you will need to mix a smaller amount of disinfectant.

You may need more or less solution, depending on the size of your container. An average sized container would fit 8 ounces of liquid.  To make: mix 1 teaspoon of concentrated disinfectant with 8 ounces of cooled, boiled water.

Give it a stir.

Pour your solution directly into the container with your wipes and let sit for a few hours allowing for the solution to soak into your wipes.

They are ready to use!

Your wipes can be used for up to two weeks for cleaning. After that, replace both the towels and the cleaner with fresh supplies. (This ensures that your solution stays effective and bacteria doesn’t start to grow.)


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2 thoughts on “How to Make Antibacterial Wipes

    1. You most likely could, although the baby wipes already have soap/lotion/etc in it and I am not sure if that would break down (and lessen the effectiveness of) the disinfectant. Paper towels or old rags or and old shirt cut into smaller pieces would work best.

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