Recipe for Disinfecting Wipes

October 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm (General household products, Minimalizing My Way)

Well now… somehow my post got wiped!!  Let’s see if I can do this again!!

As I’ve been minimizing/simplifying, I have been looking for a disinfecting wipe recipe because I love my CLorox wipes.  However, they are so expensive and they have ingredients I can’t pronounce 🙂

I found a few recipes and found one that I liked and then another and then another… so I mashed them together.

It took me 15 minutes to prepare the container and put the rest together.  Once your container is prepared, it should only take 5 minutes to make these wipes!

Recipe for Disinfecting Wipes

  • Round container — it can be any size but remember that the shorter the paper towels are, the smaller each wipe will be.
  • roll of paper towels — just a basic roll — not select-a-size or mega roll
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • a few squirts of dish detergent — enough for about 2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 of a capful of Young LIving Thieves cleaner concentrate — You can use essential oils if you’d like — just add 10-15 drops
  1.  Combine all ingredients in a glass measuring cup
  2. Use an exacto or craft knife to cut a hole in the center of the lid — you may need to cut it larger later.RecipeForDisinfectingWipes-4
  3. Measure and cut the paper towels to fit.
  4. Place the fitted paper towels into the container and slowly pour the liquid over the towels.  It won’t take long for you to be able to pull out the cardboard center of the paper towels.
  5. Retrieve the first paper towel in the center of the roll and fit through the hole in the lid.  At this point, you may need to expand the hole if the paper towels get stuck.  You might also want to add a bit of water to the bottom of the container to keep things moist.  You shouldn’t worry about everything drying out because all you need to do is re-moisturize with water — the cleaning liquid is still there.  I don’t have a problem with drying out because I use them so often.  (For photography purposes, I pulled the towel out a bit further than I usually would)RecipeForDisinfectingWipes-6

There you go!!  Easy Peasy!!

Go Forth!!


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Minimizing/Simplifying (and generally making our home safer)

September 25, 2017 at 4:00 am (General household products, Minimalizing My Way)

I’ve blogged about my year (2016) of minimizing.  I’ve blogged about my efforts to simplify my skin care.  This is just a way to come full circle and explain the other ways I’ve worked to take the toxins out of our home.  I’ll be honest and say I’m not a fanatic about it.  For instance… Windex still is the best way to clean all of our windows (believe me, I’ve tried all the other homemade recipes) so I will continue to use Windex 🙂  I still use a general leather cleaner and resolve carpet cleaner because I haven’t researched their non-toxic substitute.  It’s a work in progress — and hopefully an encouragement to you that you don’t have to dump everything at once.  Just work a little at a time and as you can afford it!

Other things I’ve happily gotten rid of and have both saved money and rid our home of unnecessary toxins.


BEFORE- included the many general cleaners, floor cleaners, liquid fabric softener…

Furniture Polish — I had many versions at one time — I don’t buy any more.  I use one of two things… Young Living Essential oils in whatever scent I feel like using.  (yesterday I used lemongrass) Just sprinkle a few drops on a soft cloth.

MinimizingMyWay-3 I use Milsek when I need to get grime off of my kitchen cabinets.  I just LOVE the smell of it.  Again… not sure if it’s non-toxic, but it works on that kitchen grease grime!!

Dryer sheets — I use wool dryer balls.  Just three of them.  They work!!

General cleaning products – I use Thieves cleanerMinimizingMYWay-5 from Young Living. You buy it in a concentrate and add water.  One concentrated bottle lasts a long time!

While I still have bleach and a bleach pen for extreme emergencies, I mostly use MinimizingMYWay-4 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Laundry Booster.  For bad stains, I use fels-naptha soap. Both are inexpensive and work.  I also have peroxide just in case the aforementioned products don’t work! I still have oxiclean available because I bought so stickin’ much of it the last time I purchased it.  I will use it until it runs out.

Liquid Fabric SoftenerWhite Vinegar.  In fact, I fill my liquid fabric softener ball with white vinegar!!  It is also good for that “mildew smell” that seems to stay with towels!!  It also works for darling hubby’s work socks, which seem to harbor sweat!!

We will always use ERA because hubby has some allergy issues and ERA has worked for years.  I’m not messing with a good thing!!


AFTER- the shelf now includes the white vinegar, essential oils (in little box), Epsom salts, Thieves concentrate, Milsek…

Television — I find it to be a great time waster!!  Since I’m home all day, it’s easy to get sucked into that wasteland.  For me, the TV stays off all day.  I listen to books on Audible and listen to my music on iTunes.  I also just enjoy silence… (I don’t have littles at home anymore to cut through blessed silence!!)

Oh, one more quick tip… to keep spiders from building little webs in the corners of your rooms… I’m admitting it happens in our very clean home 🙂 , put a few drops of peppermint oil on a swiffer sheet and use the swiffer to wipe in every corner and along the ceiling of your rooms.  I promise you, that will keep the spiders away for a few months, maybe more!!

As I’ve said, it’s a work in progress.  I’m not trying to win a race but really want our home to be clean, safe, simple and peaceful.





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