A little something different for Friday! I have been having a horrible time, as I suspect many of you have, lately, finding Cleaning wipes in the store. With the current situation these items are gone from the Cleaning aisle and I think we will not see them return for quite some time. We typically use them in our home for quick clean ups and to wipe down tables and counter tops on a regular basis. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with a solution that works for me. I may work for you so I decided to share. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and this still holds true. I have made these reusable, Cleaning wipes from items I had on hand using a container I had on hand and my favorite Cleaning solution to create something that will most likely become a regular part of our daily Cleaning regimen. I think it might just help you as well!
I use a lot of microfiber cloths when I clean. We use them instead of what my mother used to call rags. These are affordable cloths that can be used for everything from bathing to Cleaning to dusting and more. They are great when moistened with water to clean your stainless steel appliances. Nothing beats these for drying dishes quick and they are fabulous for getting dust off of surfaces. I have a large bin of these in my kitchen and usually do a load of them weekly. They cut down on the amount of paper towels we use and they last forever. At least the brand I use do.
If you have not gotten on the microfiber bandwagon, there is no better time to do that than now. These gems are a must have in your Cleaning supply closet. I took as many as I could fit comfortably in the container I assigned for this task and ended up being able to fit no less than 40 of these wipes. I folded them in half then rolled them up cigar style and placed them in the container. Then I mixed up about 4 cups of water with a capful of my favorite essential oil Thieves cleaner and poured it over the cloths. If you need more liquid add more water but no more Cleaning solution. Then pop the lid on and allow everything to soak up the liquid. When you are ready to use a wipe, open the box, select a cloth and squeeze any excess back into the box. Then clean as you need.
I have a box to toss the dirty and used cloths into and then do a load of these towels once as week or as needed. They wash and dry beautifully and are virtually stain resistant! If you have never used them before, be sure to wash them before the first use. This will get the sizing off of them from the manufacturing process and give them even more super absorbency. If you forget to wash them they may stain and may not be as thirsty for you later on down the line. I learned this the hard way. Nothing is worse than a stained looking clean cloths.
I use the Campanelli brand of microfiber cloths and they are my favorite. If you would like to support an American company and family owned business you can get their wares on QVC. Here is a link to the cloths I purchase:
I used a Lock-N-Lock deep container to house my homemade wipes. You can find that here:
I hope this gives you some good ideas about how you can make your own homemade, reusable Cleaning wipes at home with what you might already have on hand! We have to get through this before it will get better, so we need to make the most of things while we can.
I hope you give this a try and I hope you love it!
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