Updated: Aug 21
Hey mamas and papas, do you know what’s in your disinfecting wipes?
In her article “The Trouble With Disinfecting Wipes”, Megan Boyle writes: “These disinfectant chemicals trigger asthma, allergies and other health concerns. Although the EPA monitors pesticides in these products, that is no guarantee of safety. The regulatory body may approve chemical ingredients that have been insufficiently tested for health risks.”
There is so much information at our fingertips about the chemicals we use in our disinfecting products being disruptive for the bodies micro-biome, hormone disrupting, and just plain unnecessary for every day cleaning.
PART 1 // REUSABLE PAPER TOWELS
See my last blog post to get in on the what, where, and WHY you should purchase these babies!
When my reusable (un)paper towels start to get a little worn around the edges (at some point the spaghetti sauce just doesn't wash out anymore), I toss them into a big jar to make these Reusable Multi-Purpose Wipes! I keep a jar under the sink in the bathroom for quick clean ups. (Potty training, anyone?!)
PART 2 // REUSABLE DISINFECTANT WIPES
THE CHEMISTRY OF VINEGAR:
Vinegar is the byproduct of plant fermentation and is completely biodegradable! Because of its acidity works wonders breaking down mineral-based deposits (think shower and sink scum). It is also a milk antiseptic and will stop the growth of some bacteria. You can add a bit of hydrogen peroxide in for more antimicrobial benefits.
YOU WILL NEED:
I BIG JAR + LID
A HANDFUL OF OLD/USED TOWELS
1/2 CUP WHITE VINEGAR
1/2 CUP WATER
20 DROPS FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OIL/BLEND
Simply place water, vinegar, and oils in the big jar and give it a little shake! Then add in your towels, place the lid on the jar, and flip upside down to saturate towels.
*I wash the ones I use on hot with a little Country Save Detergent, and toss them in the drier! When they are dry I toss them back in the jar, at the bottom and let the old/unused towels soak them! This way I only have to make up a new batch about once a month.
The blend I use on the reg is lavender, lemon, and rosemary! The combo smells great and all of the aforementioned oils have antibacterial qualities! YAY! Enjoy!