Non-Toxic & Reusable Cleaning Wipes

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I like to clean. A lot.

Like, obsessively a lot. Is that weird?

I get so much satisfaction from cleaning. It actually makes me happy. I’ve always been that way, and ever since our sweet Jade came along, I’ve been cleaning even more. Especially during her crawling stage, when I was going around making sure the carpet was vacuumed and the floors were really clean every. single. day.

Since I was newly pregnant with Jade, I’ve been trying to ditch any chemicals in my cleaners. And now that she’s a toddler who is toddling herself into everything, it’s even more important that I don’t keep chemicals around for her to “accidentally” find and think she can taste. No thanks.
Non-toxic and reusable Cleaning Wipes! Perfect for countertops, sinks, bathrooms, door knobs, anything! From Dwelling in HappinessStore-bought cleaners are chock FULL of chemicals. Really bad (and smelly) ones that can possibly cause cancer (source). Most disinfecting wipes contain bleach, which is one of the top 10 hazardous household chemicals (source). AND, some cleaners even contain pesticides. Yikes! I definitely don’t want to “clean” my kitchen counters with pesticides and cancer causing chemicals.

Did you also know that bleach can make asthma and any respiratory problems worse (source)? The fumes are harmful to us, but even more so for pregnant women or children.

Before I was pregnant, I’d buy the huge Costco pack of the cleaning bleach Wipes. I’d use them for everything and go through them SO fast (and now I shudder thinking about that…). And then one day I was doing some research and found a website that gave these wipes a rating based on their ingredients. The rating they received was a big fat “D.” Now, I’m a teacher, and a “D” is most definitely not a good grade. In fact, it’s a borderline failing grade. Since I much prefer “A’s”, I ditched every single last container of cleaning wipes I had left (You can read more about the “D” grade here).

So, instead of nasty, harmful, TOXIC chemicals, I now use much more natural (and delicious smelling) homemade reusable cleaning wipes. Do yourself a favor; ditch your current store-bought cleaning or bleach wipes and sprays and make these instead! Not only do they have NO toxic chemicals whatsoever, they are also reusable and eco-friendly! AND, they’re more cost effective than buying the store bought ones, too. Woohoo!

To make your own, you’ll need:


  1. Sealable widemouth glass jar/container
  2. Thin washcloths/rags (or, you can use cut up cotton t-shirts, cut up old towels, or scraps of fabric)
  3. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  4. 3/4 cup distilled water (not pictured)
  5. 12 drops Thieves Essential Oil  (more info HERE!)
  6. 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Non-toxic and reusable Cleaning Wipes! Perfect for countertops, sinks, bathrooms, door knobs, anything! From Dwelling in HappinessThieves is a mix of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary oils. I use it in all of my cleaning solutions! Lemon oil just smells yummy, but it also helps with cleaning. The smell of these wipes totally reminds me of winter and Christmas, with the clove and cinnamon scents. Now I love to clean even more!  Yes, I know I’m slightly crazy. 🙂

To make your cleaniung wipes, you’ll add 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar to your jar, as well as 3/4 cup of distilled water.

SONY DSCPour in 12 drops of your thieves essential oil.

SONY DSCAnd about 5 drops of your lemon essential oil.

SONY DSCPut the lid on tight and carefully swirl the liquid around to help it mix together. Put in your small hand towels/cut up shirts, and replace the lid tightly. Turn the jar upside down and gently shake to get the “wipes” saturated.

Non-toxic and reusable Cleaning Wipes! Perfect for countertops, sinks, bathrooms, door knobs, anything! From Dwelling in HappinessTo use, just pull out a “wipe,” squeeze/ring out the excess liquid back into the jar, and wipe your dirty surfaces away! Rinse out with hot water, and place back in the jar to soak up more of the cleaning solution. I wash the towels every few days to make sure they stay clean.

Non-toxic and reusable Cleaning Wipes! Perfect for countertops, sinks, bathrooms, door knobs, anything! From Dwelling in HappinessIt’s best to store the jar in a cool dark cupboard to preserve the essential oil properties. I keep mine right under our kitchen sink so they’re easily accessible!

Non-toxic and reusable Cleaning Wipes! Perfect for countertops, sinks, bathrooms, door knobs, anything! From Dwelling in HappinessI use these to clean literally everything: kitchen counters, sinks, faucets, microwave, door knobs, bathroom counters, and even the toilets (those wipes I toss right into the dirty laundry to be washed)! Because there’s no harsh chemicals, they can be used on any surface in your home. Total score! You can even toss your sponges like I did and use these wipes instead. Those sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria!

TIP: Before going to the grocery store, wring out a wipe and stick it in a baggy. Use the wipe to clean the shopping cart handles before you shop, especially if you have kiddos! Just pop the used wipe back in the baggy and take it home to wash. The store’s shopping cart wipes may be convenient, but they still contain the same harmful chemicals as any other store-bought wipe. You don’t want your baby touching the “sanitized” cart handle, and then putting her fingers in her mouth! Because, kids will be kids, right?

Non-toxic and reusable Cleaning Wipes! Perfect for countertops, sinks, bathrooms, door knobs, anything! From Dwelling in HappinessFriends, mommas; PLEASE ditch your old cleaning/bleach wipes for good! These homemade cleaning wipes work great, and I feel SO much better about cleaning my house knowing the fumes that my baby is breathing aren’t toxic. Yay!

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46 thoughts on “Non-Toxic & Reusable Cleaning Wipes

  1. This is great, Amanda. I think I am going to start an essential oils pinterest folder for stuff like this for when I decide to buy some oils!! Thanks for sharing. Right now I use Mrs. Myers, which is sold at Target. I read on the bottle you could drink whats in it and be ok, NOT that I’d try!!! But, it is a lot less harmful then some of the other cleaners out there. I do keep bleach on hand though when the kids get sick… but, just for those occasions. I am a clean freak, too!
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    1. Thank you, Carrie! Totally, I’ve been pinning essential oil posts like mad now! SO many fabulous uses for them! I’ve heard good things about Mrs. Meyers too, but I haven’t used it personally. That’s quite the disclaimer! I’d say the same about these, too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a fab rest of the week!

  2. How long do these last without molding? I have made some with tea tree oil, distilled water, small amount of dish soap, and vinegar. My only problem is I guess I make too large of a batch and I see mold on the cloths after a couple of weeks. Maybe I will try a smaller batch. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Hi Karen! That’s a really great question! To be honest, I’ve been trying to wash my towels every few days so they haven’t gotten moldy… yet. Ha. Did you container seal shut? I go through my solution so quickly because I’m constantly using them, so your idea of making a half batch might work well, too! Hope that helps a little! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Katie!! Exactly, I hate using cleaners on surfaces I KNOW my little one touches and probably licks. Ha! I’d much rather have zero chemicals! Hope you have an awesome rest of the week. 🙂

    1. Thank you, friend! I love making my own cleaners, too. So glad oils have helped your family, too! I love them!! Hope your weekend is great. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Karen! This is SO much better for your pets, and you, too! And it smells really good. 🙂 Hope the rest of your week goes great!

  3. So does the water have to be distilled or can I use boiled water? I use the aquasana water filtration system which is supposed to remove over 98% of the toxins from our tap water also. What do you think?

    1. Hi Ginger, I’m sure the aquasana water filtration system would be just fine! Since I go through my solution so quickly, I find that I’m constantly making more. I think it’d only be a potential problem if it sat unused for months. Let me know how they work for you! 🙂

  4. I love the cleaning wipes! I have a baby as well and I am very careful what kinds of products I use. I’ve switched to only green cleaners and I think that my house has never been cleaner and fresher! Thank you for the recipe! I also love cleaning and I agree that most of the store-bought cleaners are really dangerous to use at home! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thanks Frances! It’s scary how dangerous and terrible store bought cleaners can be. I definitely prefer homemade cleaning products! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Fantastic! I have never made reusable wipes. I definitely will try to make them. It sounds easy. Thank you for sharing this method. I am fond of all cleaning homemade solutions. Keep posting! Best regards!

  6. Hi! Thanks for sharing this! Does the thieves essential oil help with cleaning or is it just for scent? You said that the lemon oil helps with the cleaning but I am considering skipping the thieves or swapping with something else. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah! Thieves oil totally does help with the cleaning. Since posting this, I’ve actually ditched the lemon in my solution and just use the thieves. It really has some great cleaning properties! Lemon also has great cleaning properties, so you could still do either or both! 🙂 Hope that helps!

  7. I use 50/50 well water and white vinegar to clean my deer processing plant. If I add essential oils do I have to rinse it off?

    1. Hi Anita! You should have to rinse it off if you use essential oils! What oils are you going to use? Let me know if you need any more help! 🙂

  8. This is perfect! I started making my own cleaners after I had my daughter (she’s 6) and putting them in spray bottles, but the spray bottles always let me down. They’d stop working, or leak, or have sort of failure. I started buying natural cleaning products, but they’re so expensive! I’ll be making these this week.

    1. Hi Kellie! That’s so great you started making your own cleaners! I loved making my own too, especially after my daughter was born. I feel great using these wipes around my family. Hope you love this recipe! 🙂

  9. I love the wipes, but my husband absolutely hates the smell of vinegar. I mean hates it. Do you think I could substitute vodka for the vinegar. I don’t want to go back to the store bought chemical brand. I am trying to make all my cleaners my self.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Tara! Yes, I think you could definitely use vodka instead! You could also add several more drops of essential oil to help mask the vinegar smell, too. Hope you like the wipes! 🙂

  10. I make my own cleaners as well, and I am definitely going to try a version of this recipe. After researching Thieves, I learned that it is not good for kids under age 10 since it includes eucalyptus. That particular oil can cause issues breathing for littles. Just FYI.

    1. Hi Emily! Thanks for the info! I think since the eucalyptus in the Thieves is diluted with other oils, it should be just fine to use in these wipes. 🙂

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