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Homemade Cleaning Wipes Solution For Speedy Cleaning

Want to know how to make a homemade cleaning wipes solution? Read on!

What household chore do you hate the most? Cleaning the bathroom is the least favoured task in our house. My partner and I split the household chores, and that works well for us. That is until it comes to cleaning the bathroom. Specifically, our upstairs bathroom frequented by our children. Honestly, the state they leave it in would make you weep sometimes. Weep, I tell you!

I’ve been thinking about how we can make cleaning the bathroom easier. But also give my children greater autonomy. And I thought cleaning wipes. I could make a non-toxic homemade cleaning wipes solution, and leave a jar in the bathroom. This means anyone in the house (including my kids) can wipe down the surfaces in between big cleans. That’s the dream, anyway!

The wipes turned out to be so useful, that I made an extra jar for the kitchen. And so useful, that I wanted to share the recipe for my homemade cleaning wipes solution with you today. Sharing is caring, after all!

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What’s Wrong With Conventional Cleaning Wipes?

Why I am not just buying a packet of wipes from the supermarket?

For a start, I’m trying to reduce the single-use plastic we use in our house. Many conventional cleaning wipes are made of non-biodegradable plastic. Even the wipes marketed as biodegradable and flushable shouldn’t actually be flushed. These flushed wipes are behind 93% of blockages in UK sewers. In short, they’re an environmental disaster.

And secondly, scientists have warned that some conventional cleaning products could be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. This homemade cleaning wipes solution means I avoid single-use plastic and reduce the number of harsh chemicals in our home. Double win!

How to Make A Homemade Cleaning Wipes Solution

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Please note, this cleaning wipes solution isn’t suitable for use on granite, marble, quartz, or any other kind of natural stone. This is because vinegar can be corrosive to natural stone. Keep reading if you have natural stone because I’ve got a stone-safe recipe for you further down the page.

You Will Need

  • A 750 ml jar or similar airtight container
  • 125 ml cooled boiled water
  • 125 ml white vinegar (this is where I buy my white vinegar in bulk)
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
  • Clean dry reusable cloths

Depending on the size of your jar and the size of your cloths, the number of cloths you will need will vary. I used some old Cheeky Wipes terry squares I had leftover from when my daughter was little. Here I found nine Cheeky Wipes fit in my jar perfectly. However, you could use any fabric scraps or kitchen cloths to hand. You could even cut up an old towel that’s seen better days.

Method

In a measuring jug, mix the water, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and essential oils together.

Place your dry cloths into the clean dry jar.

Next pour the solution over the cloths, making sure you try to cover the cloths evenly. Job done!

If the cloths feel too dry, make a little more solution and pour over. The goal is that your cloths feel moist to the touch, not completely sodden.

How To Use

Whenever you want to clean, simply take a cloth from the jar. You may need to squeeze out some of the homemade cleaning wipes solution if it feels too wet.

Wipe down surfaces (remember, not any natural stone surfaces). Once you’re done, pop the wipe in the wash with the rest of your laundry.

When the jar is empty, make up a new batch of solution.

Because the cleaning wipes solution is made using water, it does have a relatively short shelf life. I therefore wouldn’t use water straight from the tap – boiling the water helps prolong the shelf life. As such, the wipes should last up to four weeks or so in the jar. If the solutions starts to smell bad, or the cloths start to look mouldy before then, then wash your cloths and start again.

A Stone Safe Cleaning Wipes Alternative

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If vinegar isn’t your thing, or if you have natural stone, then let me show you how to make a vinegar-free homemade cleaning wipes solution using liquid Castile soap. Washing up liquid also works fine if you don’t have any castile soap.

  • 250 ml cooled boiled water
  • 2 teaspoons liquid Castile soap or washing up liquid
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil

Follow the same steps as before, again making up a little more solution if your cloths feel too dry.

Do The Homemade Cleaning Wipes Disinfect?

These homemade wipes don’t disinfect, they are cleaning wipes. This means they are ideal for wiping down dirt and dust from surfaces, such as toothpaste smears and soap scum. However, they don’t kill germs in the same way that disinfectants do.

The good news is that I am currently working on some homemade disinfecting wipes using 70% isopropyl alcohol. I’ll be sure to share the recipe on Moral Fibres once I’m happy with it.

I’m really big on natural cleaning, so I have a ton of other natural cleaning products to make. Right this way my friend!

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

How To Make Homemade Oven Cleaner That Works

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When it comes to cleaning your oven, give the harsh chemicals a miss. Instead, try my homemade oven cleaner to clean your oven the natural and eco-friendly way.

This time last year I barely came up for air as I beavered away on writing my new natural cleaning book, Fresh Clean Home.  Honestly, ask me what happened in May last year and I cannot tell you, aside from busying away in my kitchen and on my laptop.  Therefore it’s a huge relief that precisely 365 days later I can share the fruits of my labour with you!

One of my favourite recipes, that I really want to share with you from the book is my eco-friendly DIY oven cleaner.

I used to hate cleaning my oven. I always found it such a laborious job, and I hated having to use such harsh caustic chemicals in such close quarters. For a long time, I thought there was no other way. I tried various natural cleaning solutions and methods and was always so disappointed with the results.

That was until one day I had a light bulb and realised the key was xanthan gum. Yes, that gluten-free baking staple which helps to provide thickness to gluten-free recipes. When used in natural cleaning recipes, the xanthan gum creates a clinging gel-like consistency that’s perfect for cleaning your oven. You can mix up the solution, apply, and leave it on overnight to work its magic, before wiping it down in the morning.

There might still be a bit of scrubbing involved, but at least you won’t be breathing in any noxious fumes from your oven cleaner.  It was recently reported that regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on your lung health, comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.  My clean green homemade natural oven cleaner has none of that nastiness, but all of the effectiveness.

Want to know the best part?  You can pick up all of the ingredients (mostly from the baking aisle!) cheaply next time you are at the supermarket!

Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipe

Is cleaning the oven your least favourite job?  Mine, too, my friend, mine, too.  I shan’t admit how often I clean my oven (you might judge me), but let’s just say it’s not as often as I should.

For me, the big problem is that I find the caustic fumes from conventional oven cleaners overwhelming.  Instead, I’ve come up with this homemade oven-cleaning gel that does the trick without the noxious atmosphere.  The gel ensures the homemade cleaner clings to the sides of your oven overnight, allowing the soda crystals to really get in and help dissolve the cooked-on grease and grime.  The result is a clean oven without the chemical stench.

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Photography for Fresh Clean Home by Rachel Whiting

You Will Need:

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (buy it from the baking section of the supermarket or health food store)
2 teaspoons glycerine (again, but it from the baking section of the supermarket)
2 teaspoons washing-up liquid
300ml just-boiled water
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons soda crystals (find it in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket)

Makes: a single-use gel

Use: use this homemade cleaner on your oven immediately

Method

To make this homemade oven cleaner, put the xanthan gum and glycerine in a large bowl and stir well to fully combine. Add the washing-up liquid and stir again.

Next, pour the just-boiled water into a large jug and add the salt and soda crystals. Stir until the soda crystals dissolve.

Pour the warm solution into the bowl with the xanthan gum mixture. Next use a hand-held blender to pulse for 1 minute, until fully combined. Take care not to burn yourself – you may want to allow the water to cool a little before blending to avoid this risk.

To Use This Homemade Oven Cleaner

To use this homemade oven cleaner, switch off your oven at the socket and remove the racks from the inside.  Wearing rubber gloves, use a sponge or scrubbing brush to apply the gel liberally to the surfaces of your oven, including the door.

You can also use the homemade oven cleaner on your oven racks and trays, too, if these also need cleaning.

Leave the gel on overnight, then in the morning, again wearing rubber gloves, use a scrubbing brush to give your oven a thorough clean.  If burnt-on spots remain, sprinkle over some bicarbonate of soda to give you some extra scouring power.

When you’re satisfied, wipe the oven down with a clean, damp cloth, rinsing the cloth in fresh water as necessary.

Warning: Do not use this homemade oven cleaner on aluminium surfaces. Soda crystals do not like aluminium, and can corrode it.

If you liked this recipe, then do check out Fresh Clean Home. It is packed full of natural cleaning recipes for every corner of your home, is available now through your local bookshop or via online sellers.  You can buy it from a variety of online and physical bookshops, including:

Amazon* / Foyles* / Hive / The Telegraph / Waterstones* / Wordery*