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DIY Natural Disinfectants Recipe #1


  • knife
  • scissors - optional
  • container with firm fitting lid for storage


  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup liquid dish soap
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • up to 10 drops essential oils optional; tea tree oil is recommended


  • Use the entire paper towel to make large natural disinfecting wipes or cut them in half. Cutting the paper towels in half is the most time-consuming part of the recipe. Do not skimp on this step and use napkins. Even coarse commercial napkins will not hold up like paper towels when soaking in the cleaning solution. You could could also cut scraps from old towels, clothing, etc, and wash and re-use the wipes.
  • Combine the rubbing alcohol, liquid dish soap, and the distilled white vinegar in a bowl.
  • Add in the drops of essential oil (if using them to boost the antibacterial properties) in your homemade disinfectant wipes.
  • Place the entire roll of paper towels into your chosen storage container – #10 cans or half gallon Mason jar work extremely well.
  • Pour the wipes solution evenly and slowly over the roll of paper towels.
  • Pull the cardboard roll tube out of the not saturated paper towels – carefully, of course, so you don’t rip the towels.
  • Cut a slit in the lid you are using on the container so it is large enough to pull the paper towels through.
  • Feed one of the disinfectant wipes through the slip in the lid, so a small part is showing and can be tugged upon when needed.