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DIY Disinfecting Wipes

By Fredrica Syren:

They’re cheap, appealing and easy to find. Store-bought disinfected wipes might be convenient, especially when the buyer reads that they kill 99.9% of germs on surfaces. I can see how, during cold and flu season, that might be considered a lifesaver. However, what the package does not say is that most store-bought disinfectant wipes are filled with harmful chemicals and carcinogens, and that we are exposed to them when we use these products. These chemicals have been linked to triggering asthma, allergies and other health concerns. 

So, first, some exposure to living bacteria is good for us and can help boost our immune system. However, overuse of disinfectants can lead to “superbugs,” or bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and chemicals. But I do from time to time disinfect my home, especially after my kids have been sick or after playdates. The difference is that I do not use chemicals; instead, I make my own disinfectant wipes that are chemical free, inexpensive and reusable, so I eliminate waste since we try to live a zero-waste life.

For my wipes and for all-over cleaning of my house, I like to use essential oils like thieves’ oil and lemon oil, which kills bacteria — and, as a bonus, they smell good. Here is a link to how to make your own thieves oil blend.  Other suggested essential oils to use would be tea tree or lavender, which are disinfectants. I use rags that are cut up old t-shirts but you also can use washcloths, cut up towels, scraps of fabric or even paper towels that have been cut in half. I store my wipes in a recycled large mason jar.

Here is my YouTube video on how to make your own disinfectant wipes and recipe is below:

  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¾ cup distilled water
  • 10 drops of Thieves essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix all the ingredients in the mason jar and add wipes. Screw lid on, and shake and turn jar upside down to make certain all wipes get soaked. Once you are all out of wipes, just make a new batch with washed wipes. If there is any liquid left, you can save it and use it for the new batch.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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One comment

  1. Thank you for the reminder. I raise Monarch butterflies from eggs, and host a FB page to help people learn and share about raising Monarchs, diseases & pests/predators, and Milkweed plants ( only host plant that the monarch caterpillar can eat.
    There have been times when I’ll grab a wipie to wipe my hands off before I come in the house, or between cleaning habitats.
    But reading this, I think I had better suggest that NO wipies be used. The ingredients could easily kill a Monarch caterpillar.

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