Natural Disinfecting Hand and Kitchen Wipes

Edit: After hearing feedback and trying this recipe a few different ways, I decided to take out the baking soda as it seems to make the mixture a little grainy and may counteract the effects of the vinegar.

Also Viva paper towels seem to work best!

Time  to get rid of more ugly plastic containers! This time I am replacing my Clorox disinfecting kitchen wipes and my Wet Ones disinfecting hand wipes with more natural alternatives.

And did I mention how much prettier they will look in your kitchen?


Making the containers for the wipes is a little bit different than with the hand soap pumps I made in a previous post.

For the special tops that allow you to pull the wipes out without opening the jar, you will need pieces of plastic that you can cut to fit the top of the mason jars.

I used an old wet wipes container and one of the many lids that I can no longer find the Tupperware bottom for in my cabinet.



Just trace the mason jar lid and cut out the circle to make sure that it will fit perfectly and be air tight!

Then use a box cutter to make an x in the center of the plastic so that you can pull the wipes through.


For the wipes, you will either need to cut a paper towel roll in half (for the kitchen wipes) or in thirds (for the hand wipes).


Kitchen Wipes Mixture

3 Tbs Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (Citrus, Peppermint, and Lavender are my favorites)

1 Tbs Baking Soda  (Took this out!)

3 Tbs Vinegar

4 Drops of Tea Tree, Lavender, or Peppermint Oil (All of these are disinfectants)

1/2 Cup Water

After you have placed your paper towels in the jar, pour the mixture into the jar. The roll will come right out after it is saturated! Then just pull out the loose end of the towel in the center of the roll, pull through the x on the lid, and screw the mason jar shut! If there is extra liquid at the bottom, simply pour it into another mason jar and save it for the next batch.

Tip: Cut the X somewhat larger than it is on a typical Clorox container and bend it with your fingers several times to make it flexible. The paper towels are more fragile than the Clorox wipes so if the cut out is too tight, the wipes will tear.

Hand Wipes Mixture

1/3 Cup Water

3 Drops of Tea Tree, Lavender, or Peppermint Oil (All of these are disinfectants)

2 Tbs Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (Any Scent)

The best thing about these wipes is that if they dry out a little (like the Clorox and Wet Ones usually do) you don’t have to throw them out because you have all the ingredients you need re-saturate them!

10 thoughts on “Natural Disinfecting Hand and Kitchen Wipes

  1. checking out your blog for the first time!! great stuff on here, these are my favorite so far (especially your jars!), will have to make my own.. if I ever get around to gathering all the supplies..

  2. Hello! I was just wondering does this kitchen wipes mixture stay good for an indefinite amount of time? Or is there a time frame that you should use them all within? Thanks!

  3. I read on the Dr Bronner’s website that you should NOT mix castile soap with vinegar. It is not dangerous, but the vinegar desaponifies the soap. You will get a white, messy mixture that will not clean because they cancel out each other.

    • Interesting! I haven’t had any issues with residue. Just like with Clorox wipes, there is some soapy looking water that comes off of the paper towel when wiping but after cleaning the whole counter, it never leaves a trace behind. This mixture has worked super great in my house but I am sure you could leave out the vinegar and just use more water if you have residue issues!

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  5. I would like to know what size Mason jar or kind of paper towels you used that would fit through the opening of the jar in the picture.
    Thank you

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