I have really been trying to “green” up our cleaning supplies. I really have come a long way in the last 6 months! I pretty much use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning everything, but that is a different post!
I used to be a HUGE bleacher. I would bleach everything. I loved the smell of bleach! I loved washing all the sheets and blankets in lavender scented bleach. Climbing in between the blankets that had the lavender/bleachy smell was like heaven to me! I thought it would be so hard to give up my bleaching, but honestly it has not been hard at all!
When I started researching bleach, what I found out was enough for me to decide to make the switch. Bleach can lead to respiratory issues, headaches, and is linked to cancer. (source) I really feel part of living a healthy lifestyle isn’t just the food we eat, but other items that can get in our bloodstream and affect our health.
I got rid of the bleach in our laundry area, but also needed an alternative to the bleach wipes we were using. They are handy for cleaning up small messes – like when the dog has an accident… not that that has ever happened! Is this the face of a dog that would do that?!?
I found a ton of resources for making my own disinfecting wipes on Pinterest. I decided to make mine reusuable, so I can wash them and reuse them over and over. (Note: You can also use the same method, using a roll of paper towels, and your wipes just would not be reusable).
Homemade Disinfecting Wipes
1-2 old t-shirts, cut into squares
1 cup water
2 squirts dish soap (I use a natural dish soap from Costco)
4-5 drops tea tree oil
First, cut up the t-shirts. My husband has a ton of old t-shirts, so I asked him to donate a few to the cause.
Cut into whatever size you would like – I cut each side of the tshirt into thirds, and then cut into squares.
It didn’t turn into a problem at all that some of the shirts had images printed on them. This thirsty whale isn’t so thirsty anymore…
I reused an old Clorox Wipes container to put them in. I just stacked them and slightly rolled them to fit inside the container, and then stuffed them inside.
Mix together the water, soap, and tea tree oil, and pour over the t-shirt squares in the container.
I wrote the “recipe” on the front of the container so it is there next time I need to make a batch. This solution is only slightly adapted from Live Renewed. You can find a ton of different solutions, but I really like this one.
I have been taking these cloths to work to “clean” off my desk at the beginning for the day. (I share my desk with a couple other people as well). My work provides Clorox wipes, but I just can’t make myself use them anymore!
I thought it would be difficult to make the switch, but it has been so easy! After I use the wipes, I put them straight in the washer, and keep a stack of the wipes ready to make my next batch. The only thing that is slightly difficult is getting the wipes out of the container, but I usually just take the top off and grab one. I love the tea tree smell! I guess I really am into smells, so if it smells good, I will be more apt to use it!
Not only are these non-toxic, but they also help eliminate waste –less to throw away!
Do you use bleach? If you are looking for a homemade bleach alternative, try this one! I made it recently, and I love it!