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Homemade Disinfecting Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

Make your own disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer for pennies. Made with nontoxic ingredients with reusable paper towels option for safe, convenient sustainability.

Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 80 wipes
Author Sarah Pope MGA



  1. Mix the alcohol, aloe vera gel, and optional essential oil together in a glass jar to make a gentle but highly effective disinfectant. Pour into a cleaned, recycled hand sanitizer bottle. To make wipes, continue with additional steps below.

  2. Cut each paper towel in the entire roll into four squares.

  3. Make two stacks of the cut paper towels in a large glass bowl and pour the alcohol mixture evenly over them. Let stand until the liquid is fully absorbed.

  4. If you find you need more liquid depending on the thickness of the paper towels you are using, mix up more alcohol/aloe vera mixture at a ratio of 2:1

  5. Place the wipes in a large ziplock bag for convenient use at home or when traveling.

  6. If using bamboo paper towels in order to re-use, store used wipes in a separate double seal ziplock bag for easy laundering as needed.

Recipe Notes

Make three batches of disinfectant wipes so that you have plenty of time to launder before you reach the end of the third bag.

In a pinch you can use ethanol or even 190 proof vodka to make your hand sanitizer or wipes.