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Disinfecting Wipes for Pennies

May 25, 2024

Disinfecting Wipes for Pennies

The Surprising Truth About Disinfecting Wipes

Have you ever found yourself frantically searching the aisles for those elusive Lysol wipes, only to come up empty-handed? Well, my friends, the tide is about to turn. Forget spending a fortune on overpriced, generic disinfecting wipes – I’m here to show you how to make your own powerful cleaning solutions for pennies.

As the founder of Adam Cleaning, a leading cleaning service in Nottingham, I’ve seen it all when it comes to effective (and not-so-effective) cleaning methods. And let me tell you, the truth about those store-bought wipes is far from what the flashy marketing would have you believe.

The Disinfecting Wipes Dilemma

Just a few months into the pandemic, and the demand for Lysol wipes and sprays has been through the roof. People are under the impression that a quick wipe-down or a spritz is all it takes to keep their homes sanitized and germ-free. But the truth is, no one’s home can ever be truly sterile. And that’s where the disinfecting wipes myth really starts to unravel.

You see, these store-bought wipes are not meant to be the end-all-be-all of cleaning. They’re designed to disinfect small, specific areas – not your entire home. In fact, a single wipe can only provide adequate disinfection to an area of around three-square-feet or less. That means you’d need to go through dozens of wipes just to cover your kitchen countertops, let alone the rest of your house.

The Homemade Solution

But fear not, my fellow cleaning enthusiasts! I’m about to let you in on a little secret that will change the way you think about disinfecting your home. Introducing: homemade disinfecting wipes for pennies.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Adam, how can I possibly make my own wipes that are as effective as the store-bought ones?” Well, my friends, the answer lies in a simple concoction of household ingredients.

The Penny-Pinching Disinfecting Wipe Recipe

Gather a clean, empty container (an old Lysol wipe tub works perfectly), some paper towels, white vinegar, and salt. That’s it! Here’s how to make your own powerful disinfecting wipes:

  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half, lengthwise, to create two smaller rolls.
  2. In a jar or bowl, combine 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir until the salt is fully dissolved.
  3. Place the paper towel halves into the vinegar-salt solution, making sure they are fully submerged.
  4. Let the towels soak for about 15 minutes, then remove them and wring out any excess liquid.
  5. Place the damp towels into your empty container, ready to use whenever you need a quick disinfecting cleanup.

It’s that simple! And the best part? You can make an entire container of these homemade wipes for just a few pennies. No more breaking the bank on overpriced store-bought options.

The Dos and Don’ts of Disinfecting Wipes

Of course, even with this amazing DIY solution, there are still a few rules to keep in mind. Here are the top dos and don’ts for using disinfecting wipes, whether store-bought or homemade:


  1. Know your surfaces: Before wiping, make sure the surface is suitable for the wipes. Avoid using them on porous materials like granite, as they can damage the sealant.
  2. Use wipes on remotes and doorknobs: These high-touch areas are perfect for a quick wipe-down to disinfect.
  3. Focus on light switches and faucet handles: These frequently used surfaces tend to harbor the most germs.


  1. Don’t use wipes to clean everything: Wipes are for disinfecting, not general cleaning. Stick to soap and water for a thorough clean.
  2. Don’t use them on items that touch your mouth: Avoid using disinfecting wipes on anything that will come into contact with your food or face.
  3. Don’t flush them down the toilet: Disinfecting wipes are not biodegradable, so they can wreak havoc on your plumbing if flushed.

The Cleaning Revolution Starts Here

There you have it, folks – the secret to creating powerful, cost-effective disinfecting wipes right in the comfort of your own home. No more frantic searches or breaking the bank. Just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of elbow grease, and you’ll be on your way to a sparkling, germ-free home.

So, what are you waiting for? Ditch the overpriced, generic wipes and join the cleaning revolution. Your wallet (and your home) will thank you.

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