Homemade All Natural Cleaning Wipes Recipe: Clorox/Lysol Wipes Alternative

For the most part, I just use my all purpose spray and a micro-fiber cloth to clean but for certain jobs I prefer to have these homemade wipes. I make these mostly for the boys bathroom. Yeah, remember the messy boy bathroom issue? I leave these wipes in there so they can clean up accidents in a flash. I have to make things super simple for them. These wipes do the trick.

These are easy to grab and easy to use. They are boy proof!

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner Wipes / Napkins (use in place of Clorox or Lysol wipes)

If you use the Bounty paper towels you will need to cut the roll in half with a bread knife and then remove the cardboard roll. You could also cut old t-shirts into squares and use them instead. I prefer using birdseye cloth napkins. These are very easy to make and I can have a lot (hundreds of them) for use as paper towels, dinner napkins, and wipes.

Place napkins inside of container. Pour All Purpose Cleaner over them until they are saturated. To use, remove a napkin, wring it out, and clean surfaces. Wash used napkin with laundry. Check out my 21 Ways to Use All Purpose Cleaner.

After napkins have been used, then washed, they can go right back into the solution. As the amount of liquid drops just add a bit more. I usually was the container in the dishwasher every 4th or 5th time I refill it. When I have to make a new gallon of the All Purpose Cleaner is usually the signal for me to wash the container.

Download Homemade All Purpose Cleaning Wipes Labels

For best results, print on mailing labels or Avery sticker paper. After adhering to bottle, use contact paper over the label to give it added protection.

Other posts in this series: Homemade All Natural Cleaning Products


  1. What do your boys do with the wipes after they use them? do you have a container?
    I will probably use paper towels as it is easier for my boys to just throw them away!

  2. Do you leave out the essential oils when you make the wipes? I know that you add the oils only when you make it for the spray bottle and not when you make a big batch of it in a jug. Thanks!!

  3. Made these with Young Living’s Thieves Natural Cleaner concentrate, as I have it on hand (it smells sooo good!) and paper towels that hold up and boy are they great! When I run out of it, i will use your recipe with some of the Thieves E.O. Blend and it will cost even less! What a money saver! It cost me very little as I had everything on hand! Thanks, again, Amy! My cost for cleaning my home, clothes, etc. is way down thanks to you! My husband is even impressed!

  4. I would probably use some old cut-up t-shirts 🙂 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  5. Julie Marie says:

    Hi Amy, when I made the all purpose spray cleaner, the vinegar reacted w/the dry ingredients much like it does w/baking soda. After it stopped fizzing, some solid-type particles remained in the cleaning solution. Is this normal? I love the way the cleaner works, and so far it hasn’t clogged my spray bottle. I am going to use the all purpose cleaner for these wipes…love the idea of my boys using the wipes to clean up after themselves! Thanks for all of these natural cleaning recipes and ideas :)! Julie

  6. Huh! Good idea!

    I wanted to let you know that I did link to you for my first post for the household binder! http://www.thissimplehome.com/2012/02/household-binder-project-part-1.html

  7. Do you have a post on how to make your cloth napkins? I know its pretty basic. What kind of fabric do you use and how big do you make them? Thanks!

    • I don’t have one yet but I can certainly write one! I just use birds eye cloth. Wash it beforehand then iron it out and cut them into squares. Then surge the ends or fold the edges over and stitch. Either way works. I love these!!! And they are so affordable when you make them yourself. There are also many etsy sellers that sell them.

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