Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Homemade Clorax Wipes

I have been trying to make more of the everyday things we use in an effort to not only save money put also be more self-sufficient, depending less on have to buy everything we use.

So in this quest, I have been researching how I can make more of the cleaning supplies we use.

I love using Disinfectant Wipes (Clorox Wipes)!  I use them to wipe down my kitchen counters, especially when I prep meats.  It's a quick way to disinfect the counters.  They are great to use on the kids toys or when we travel to clean and disinfect.

But they are expensive and not real environmentally friendly!

So after doing some research, I came up with a Homemade solution...

I gathered up all of Hamp's baby wash clothes, an old baby wipes box, and some bleach.

I folded the wash clothes like the baby wipes are.  This will allow them to come out one at a time.

I then put the wash clothes in the empty wipes container.

I then I poured a mixture of...

2 1/2 cups of water
1/4 cup of bleach
2 to 3 drops of liquid dish washing detergent

...on the folded wash clothes.

These seem to be working fine!  I will just have to wash them with my dish towels and reload. 

This is more time consuming but I will be saving money...

I buy my Clorox Wipes at Sam's Club for $12.67/312 wipes. That's $0.04/wipe.  I usually buy 4 of these a year.  Spending a total $50.68/year on Clorox Wipes.

With these Homemade Wipes, I am recycling baby wash clothes (most of which were given to me when Hamp was born) and a baby wipe container (which I had to borrow from my son who was using it to hold his art stuff).  Both of these are being used at no cost.  The bleach was $0.02/ 1/4 cup and let's say the dish detergent is $0.01 for those few drops.  That's $0.03 for each batch of Homemade Wipes! If I make one batch a week that is only $1.56/year.

That's a savings of $49.12/year!
(Not counting the gas I save for each trip to Sam's.  The closest one to us in over 50 miles away!)

To me, that's a no brainer...

The Homemade Wipes are worth the savings!!

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  1. You are so creative!
    PS Gave you a click at Top Mommy Blogs :)

  2. WOW! That is so totally awesome! I love this idea! Way to go (frugal) Tractor Mom :)

  3. This is a great idea and a great savings! Hello, my name is Linda and I found you at Old Centennial Farmhouse. I am always looking for things to do to save money....everything is getting so expensive.Our daughter and her family did this special thing last year and they were able to save and pay off a $10,000 debt. You can check her blog about it at http://www.shoppingthin2010.blogspot.com

    Please come to visit anytime...you can find me at: http://www.nothinbutcountryliving.blogspot.com or http://www.lindasphotofarm.blogspot.com

  4. Excellent idea! My favorite thing to do is find a homemade way of doing these expensive store items. White Vinegar and water (in varying combinations) are a basic for almost everything, too!... and, of course, good old-fashioned elbow grease... thanks for creating and sharing. Come visit when you can...

  5. Good afternoon. Stopping by from Java's 40 and over blog hop. I have done this except I use a cheap roll of paper towels cut in half. A serated knife cuts the roll in half and then after it soaks in the wipes container the cardboard tube comes out real easy and they you just use them from the center. Just saves a little bit of laundry and adds about $1.00 to the cost of making them.
    If you stop by, I have two blogs...my every day life with dacyare, scouts, mommy, family and what not at .... www.umengine3.blogspot.com and a life style change blog where I'm losing weight and being accountable for it at ... www.julie-thegoingtobenewme.blogspot.com
    Take care and God Bless. Got a bit more to read. I'm a following and looking to learn all kinds of things.

  6. That's a keeper! Thanks!


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