Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cleaning and Deodorizing Pop-up Wipes

Cleaning and Deodorizing Pop-Up Wipes

What you'll need:

Roll of paper towels
Sharp knife
Empty wipes container
Good-size clean jar or spray bottle (for added penny saving, use a empty cleaning product sprayer)
5 oz rubbing alcohol
3 oz vinegar (preferably white, but apple cider is okay too)
1 tsp white ammonia
About 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, but it does make it smell wonderful; lemon or orange would be amazing)
water (distilled preferably, but tap water will work)

What you'll do:

Take your paper towels and remove the cardboard tube. With your sharp knife, cut the roll in half on a secure, safe surface like a cutting board. This step and the next are truly the most time consuming parts. Next, take your half a roll of paper towels and fold it accordion style; each towel is folded in half basically. Set aside.

In your jar or spray bottle, combine the alcohol, vinegar, ammonia, and essential oil and swirl the container to mix. Now fill the container with the water. Your cleaning mixture is complete.

Take your folded accordion stack of paper towels and lay them in your wipes container. Pour approximately one cup of your mixture in the wipes container on top of the towels. The amount you use depends on how thick your roll of towels is and how big your wipes containers is. Basically, you want the towels completely wet with no liquid standing on top of them.

If you used a spray bottle for your mixture, you can use it as an all purpose cleaner for those times when you don't want to use a wipe (although I am finding I use my wipes everywhere!). If you used another container, set it with your cleaning products along with your half paper towel roll for a refill. 

I do advise labeling this and any other DIY product you make for safety and convenience. You can even get fancy and make labels on the computer, which I'll be doing at some point. :)


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