I have found that it really does help to wipe student desks down regularly with disenfecting wipes. Usually I have a lot of generous parents who will donate such things, but not this year. I think I've only gotten one or two boxes of Kleenex all year! The disenfecting wipes are expensive when you think about wiping down 30 desks. Right now we only do it once a week, but really it should be done every day! So, I decided to go on a hunt for a recipe to make my own.
After seeing a great pin on Pinterest for homemade baby wipes, it inspired me to try to do the disenfecting. I googled DIY disenfecting wipes and got a lot of hits. I read many of these and watched a couple of videos before coming up with my own solution. Ready??
First of all, get yourself 2 containers. I found some ziplock 7 cup containers, but would like to find something a little sturdier for the future if I continue to do this.
Next, assemble your ingredients. You will need:
Paper Towels - I used Bounty, but I understand that Viva works well and doesn't mush up either
1 cup white vinegar (for disenfecting properties)
2 cups water
1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol
squirt of mild soap or detergent
essential oil - I used Tea Tree oil for its disenfecting properties. Lavender and Grapeseed extract also are disenfecting. If I would have had some orange essential oil, I would have added that for fragrance.
One of the videos I watched said that you need the alcohol to kill flu germs, so I added that. I number of the recipes I saw just used vinegar for the disenfectant.
- Cut your paper towel roll in half. This was kind of a mess. One website suggested using a NON serrated knife to avoid all the fuzzy mess. I'll try that next time.
- mix up the solution. I only mixed up 1/2 of the solution at a time so that I would pour the same amount in each bowl.
- place the paper towels in the bowl and pour the solution over the top. They don't seem like they will fit, but they do.
- wait a few minutes for all of the liquid to be absorbed, then pull out the center roll. I read that this was easier to do when wet, but I didn't believe it. I tried to pull it out when the roll was still dry and couldn't do it. It was super simple after the roll was wet.
- pull a paper towel out from the middle of the roll, then smoosh the whole thing down so that you can put on the lid.
THAT's IT!! I didn't want to mess with making a pull out hole, since I never use that anyway on the ones that you buy. I'll just pop the lid off and replace it when I'm finished. I can't wait to take these to school and try them out!