I have been meaning to make some DIY Thieves Wipes FOREVER and finally got around to it this week. I’m already loving my wipes and can’t believe it took me so long to get them done! Well actually I can…it required going to Walmart to get a container and I avoid Walmart as much as possible so that has delayed my project just a bit.
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Anyway, Thieves. I loveeeeeee my Thieves cleaner. I use it to clean just about everything – smells amazing, natural, no harsh chemicals, love it. I keep a spray bottle on the kitchen counter so I can grab it anytime, but I’ll be honest I do occasionally miss the convenience of cleaning wipes. Especially right now with a potty training child because I’m cleaning up our bathroom sometimes multiple times a day.
Those things are bad news bears though. When I was teaching I used the wipes to clean my classroom and I’d always wear gloves because I hated my hand touching the wipe since I knew it was full of nasty junk. They’re popular in church nurseries too for wiping down the toys after the babies chew on them but honestly, I’m less concerned about the germs and more concerned about the icky chemicals the wipes are getting on/in my baby! Yikes! So having a DIY homemade alternative makes me super happy.
And these couldn’t be easier to make. All you need are some paper towels (Viva are most cloth-like but a lot of people, including myself, have mold issues when using Viva so I recommend Bounty instead!), Thieves household cleaner, water, and a container (this is the one I used).
(NOTE: When I first wrote this post I had used Viva paper towels and less Thieves cleaner; I had mold issues as did some of my readers, as you’ll see in the early comments on this post, but after I switched to Bounty and increased the amount of Thieves cleaner I have not had any more issues.)
To make the wipes you cut the paper towel roll in half with a knife and set it down inside the container. Then take 2 cups of water plus 2 capfuls (Yes, capfuls. The cleaner is very concentrated so you only need a little bit and then you mix it with a lot of water. One bottle lasts forEVER!) of Thieves household cleaner and pour that over the paper towels. Easy as pie.
Actually, much easier than pie. Even including my super easy pie recipe.
The cardboard tube will lift out easily from the middle of the paper towel roll once it’s wet and then you can start pulling the paper towels out from the middle just like with the store bought cleaning wipes.
I looked at several containers before settling on this one. The lid was my favorite part – I can lift up on that lever thingy with one hand and it releases the suction on the lid and comes right off. The others I looked at required unscrewing the lid or using some other latch that was more difficult and when I’m in the middle of cleaning up a mess I want it to be as easy as possible!
A fresh roll of the Bounty paper towels that I get are too large for the container so I have to take some of them off to get it to fit (I just use the roll for a couple of days until we’ve used up enough of it so that it’ll fit in the container).
I also love to use these on the go! Usually, for cleaning off high chairs or tables at restaurants I use my little bottle of Thieves spray. I love that stuff but that required finding and using a napkin or baby wipe or something to wipe with once I sprayed. Having pre-moistened wipes I can just grab and wipe with is so nice! I tore off several of the paper towel squares and put them in a Huggies Clutch & Clean container (I think that’s what it’s called) They’re made for holding baby wipes but they’re great for any type of wipe.
If you don’t have Thieves cleaner…well, you should get some. It’s pretty fabulous.
But if you don’t have it and want to make these wipes right now you could try doing water, a few drops of Thieves oil (tea tree, lavender, lemon, and/or orange would be other good options), and a squirt of castile soap. I haven’t tried it but that seems like it would work!
Happy cleaning, friends!