I had big ambitions for a spring cleaning day. a couple weeks ago I wrote out a whole checklist with different sections and all….and that is about how far I got. Some people are gifted with the determination, talent or love for cleaning however it is necessary for every welcoming home. Spring cleaning is not just de-cluttering (which I love) but also the nitty-gritty things you don’t think about and barely see until spring, like under the bed, inside the fridge drawers and behind the oven (eek). Therefore, these Zero Waste DIY wipes are my go-to, they make cleaning easy, quick and eco-friendly. It doesn’t matter what I am cleaning, from every day messes to the big jobs, these wipes clean up nicely!
DIY Zero Waste Wipes; All- Purpose, Natural, Reusable
- Unpaper towels or birdseye cloth (~6-20 count of 5 in x 8 in) OR
- T shirt rags OR
- Scrap/rag/cleaning towels
- 1 part White Vinegar
- 1 part Water (filtered, distilled or tap)
- 10-20 drops Essential Oils (optional) I used 1/2 Clove and 1/2 Lemon
- Container with lid if you want to store them
- Start by mixing your liquids in a mixing bowl or something along the lines of a 4-cup glass pyrex measuring cup. I had 25 scrap cloths so I used 1 cup vinegar 1 cup water and 15 drops essential oils.
- Roll up or fold your cloths so they can all stack on one another or stand up side by side. Place them in your bowl or container.
- Pour liquid mixture over your cloth wipes. They should all soak up the liquid. If you want them more moist, add more liquid. If they are too wet, just ring them a bit before use, you can use this liquid to make more.
- Clean your hearts content, wash your DIY Zero Waste Wipes and repeat.
There is some controversial over the use of vinegar. First sometimes its lab-made rather than derived from vegetables. It’s very acidic so can damage some wood and natural stone. There are other natural cleaner solutions out there but seem to be for specific uses like stainless steal, wood, granite, windows etc. I have been using vinegar (with water) for everything (and love it. Some people may say it ‘smells’ but to me it smells like good natural cleaner and not icky chemicals and fragrance. Yes, it takes some getting used to, but what is actually icky is a Clorox wipe or Wet Swiffer. I hope you try these and enjoy!