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Can’t find disinfecting wipes? Then just make them at home

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Maybe you are having a hard time finding disinfecting wipes in the stores these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is an easy recipe for making homemade disinfecting wipes. Bonus — most everything you need likely will be found inside your cupboards, including the 91% alcohol. This stuff is sold out everywhere at the moment. Hopefully you have some on hand too. If not, check your garage for HEET. The red HEET is rubbing alcohol. Here is what you will need:

Gather your ingredients

Paper towels.

Dawn dish soap

Isopropyl alcohol (91%)

Essential oils are optional. Good Essential oil combinations include peppermint and tea tree, lemongrass and lavender, lavender and rosemary, geranium and lime, tea tree and orange.

Home-made disinfecting wipes

Step 1: Cut your paper towels in half using a serrated knife or scissors. This is messy. You can unravel one side and add it to the other half. Put the roll into an air-tight container with a lid.

Step 2: Mix formula thoroughly:

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup alcohol (for this recipe it must be 91% alcohol)

1/2 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap

Add 10-15 drops of Essential oils

Step 3: Pour over the paper towels. The Essential oils are not necessary to the formula, but they already are a natural disinfectant and give the finished product a floral aroma, cutting the strong alcohol scent.

Step 4: After waiting a few minutes and the wipes are wet enough, pull out the middle paper roll. Put some home-made wipes in a Ziploc bag to take when you go grocery shopping to disinfect the grocery cart, your hands, steering wheel and whatever else needs disinfecting. Don’t forget to wipe down the nozzle and key pad when you pump gas.

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