GIY Housecleaning Wipes

When my kids were super young, every day was made up of a million tiny tasks, none of which I could ever remember when anyone asked that simple but awful question, “What did you do today?”

“Uh, well, I kept everyone alive?” No small task, some days.

Any little scrap of a timesaver was life blood. I am convinced that whomever invented housecleaning wipes was a mother, or at least lived with one.

The likelihood that I can find both a cloth and the correct cleaner at the same moment that they’re actually needed is very, very low. And by the time I have laid my hands on both, the initial mess has probably exploded.

All that to say, having the cloth and cleaner in the same container is such a beautiful thing.

Here’s the super simple recipe.


  • For Reusable Wipes: an old t-shirt or two cut into wipe-sized squares

  • For Disposable Wipes: a paper towel roll cut in half (an electric knife works best)

  • A Glass or Plastic container


  • 1 1/2 c. filtered, distilled, or boiled then cooled water

  • 1 tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap or 1/2 tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds

  • 1/4 tsp. (20 drops) tea tree essential oil

  1. Put the wipes in your container.

  2. Mix up the solution ingredients and pour it over the wipes.

  3. Let them sit for 20 minutes or so to soak up all the liquid.

Now they’re good to go! These have a shelf-life of 1 to 2 weeks, so make up as many as you’d use in the period of time.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap available in aisle 3B (Unscented) and 3C (scented). Aura Cacia tea tree essential oil available in aisle 2C.

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