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DIY Lysol wipes

DIY Disinfectant Wipes (DIY Lysol or Clorox Wipes)

Kill germs on surfaces with these easy and affordable disinfectant wipes, made with simple but strong antiviral ingredients. A DIY version of Lysol or Clorox wipes!
Course DIY
Keyword antiviral, cleaning, disinfectant
Prep Time 2 minutes
Soaking Time 5 minutes
Servings 200 wipes
Author Cheryl Malik
Cost 3


  • 1/2 roll select-a-size paper towels
  • 18 ounces 95% ethanol, like Everclear or 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • 5 ounces water
  • 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • 45 drops essential oils


  • Cut your roll of paper towels in half using a non-serrated knife. Squeeze one half of the paper towels into a large jar.
  • Mix all the liquid ingredients together in a spouted measuring cup, bowl, or pitcher and pour over the paper towels. Let solution soak into the paper towels, and then pull out cardboard insert.
  • Optional step: Flip the paper towels over to help the liquid absorb. If your roll of paper towels comes out easily from your container, I recommend this step to help with saturation. If not, no big deal!
  • Pull the center paper towel out just a bit to help make the wipes easier to remove from the jar.



Important to Remember

You must absolutely make sure your mixture is 60%+ alcohol, or it will not be effective.
My mathematician friend wrote an equation for calculating the desired final alcohol percentage,so check out his super helpful walk-through of this if you need help.
For other types of alcohol, use this online calculator to help you know how much water to use. This calculator produces a final solution 75% alcohol, and we use slightly different amounts of other ingredients in our recipe. However, it is generally very helpful in knowing about how much water you can to use.

Essential Oils

Types of essential oils to use:
  • tea tree
  • eucalyptus
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • chamomile
  • peppermint
  • lavender
Tea tree, eucalyptus, and thyme were actually studied for their antiviral properties, so we include these in most of our disinfectant blends. 
Disclaimer: We are NOT chemists, doctors, or medical professionals. We do not play them on the internet. We are simply sharing a recipe for an alcohol-based cleaning spray that we've used for years and hope others will enjoy.
Continue to use germ-fighting best practices as recommended by the CDC, such as regular, proper hand-washing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, etc. Visit their site for more information.