DIY Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

DIY Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

I have wanted to make my own DIY Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for some time now but just never got around to doing it. So today was the day! It looks like this is going to be one of those trial and error projects.  Although I won’t say it was a disaster, by any means, but my wipes did not come out quite as good as I had imagined they would.

DIY Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Dissinfecting wipes with bleach. Easy to make and much cheaper than store bought


I did a fair amount of research on DIY Clorox Disinfecting Wipes…mainly looking for just the right recipe I wanted to use.  Most of the recipes I found were without bleach…I personally really wanted one with bleach.  I just wasn’t sure how much bleach should be incorporated into the recipe.  Most of what I found  seemed to use quite a bit of bleach compared to water which shocked me…and I’m not so sure it is necessary, to be honest.  In fact on my next attempt I may go even less than what I used here.

So here is the recipe and directions I used:

  • 4 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup Bleach
  • 20 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil (optional) (Nature’s Oil)
  • Quality paper towels (I used Viva…next time I’ll use Bounty)
  • Storage container w/ lid


Using a bread knife or electric knife cut paper roll down to size of storage container.  I am using ¾ of a roll.

Remove cardboard center and pull end paper towel from center so that the corner is extended outward.

Insert roll into container.

Combine the water, bleach and Essential Oil.

Pour liquid mixture into container. Turn upside down and on its side until all liquid has absorbed thoroughly into paper towels.

Ready to use…should be but not so much…read on to find out what happened and what I learned for the next time!

cutting paper towels

Use a bread knife or electric knife for cutting paper towels

So, the results were that I really like the concept over all but just need to tweak things a bit.  Mistake # 1…I used Viva. Although I liked the thickness of these they ended up falling apart more easily. Next time I will try Bounty to see how they handle the job. Mistake #2…Many of the tutorials I came across used only ½ of a roll of paper towels. I really wanted to have larger wipes then that so I used ¾ of a roll.  I think this is too big to be able to pull the towels from the center of the roll. The towels just tore in half and I was left with a glob of torn paper towels at the bottom of the container.  Mistake #3…I started off with using 3 ½ cups of water.  When I poured my mixture in I just felt like the towels weren’t wet enough so I added another full cup of water.  I think ½ a cup would have been better.

DIY Clorox disinfecting wipes ingredients

Simple and inexpensive option for making your own disinfecting wipes

Ok so when all was said and done I wasn’t going to be able to use the paper towels keeping them in the roll formation…it just wasn’t working with them tearing apart like they were. I took the entire roll and started ripping them along their perforation line and folding each of them one by one.  This actually works quite well but I know me- I am not going to tear and fold an entire roll of paper towels each time I make these.

What I learned for my next DIY Clorox Disinfecting Wipes:

  1. Try a different brand of paper towels

  2. Use ½ a roll

  3. Use even less bleach

  4. Use less water


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