Stop using disposable cleaning wipes with this simple hack

Reduce or stop using disposable wipes completely with this simple hack.

Are you trying to get rid of single use wipes? I stopped using them about 10 months ago now, and I’m loving it. I’ve replaced them mostly with reusable microfibre cloths, but you can also use plain cotton cloths.

On a Sunday night, I usually put five cloths in each of my bathrooms, along with a bottle of my favourite bathroom spray cleaner, so they’re ready for me to do a quick wipe down every day of the week. This makes it super easy for me to keep on top of the bathrooms.

But I recently discovered an event better tip (thanks Pinterest!), that gives you more of a likeness to what you’re used to if you have been using throw away wipes.

Follow these simple instructions to make your own cleaning wipes.

What you need*:

100mls of vinegar

200mls of water

1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid

1 airtight container (mine is a 950ml size)

5 cloths

*Links provided are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission for each purchase made.


Lay your cloths out in a long row, overlapping with each other by a 2-3 inches or so. Go for ones that are sort of a similar size. Once you’ve done that, you want to fold the row of cloths in half from the bottom to the top. You are left with a big long train full of wipes.  Start at one end and roll them up loosely. Don’t worry about if it is a bit messy.

Now stuff your roll of cloths into your empty container. If you go to the cloth in the centre of the roll and pull it, it’s going to come unravelled and bring the next one out with it, kind of like a box of tissues.

Now to make your cleaner, mix all the ingredients in a measuring jug or cup, give it a stir and pour this mixture on top of the cloths. Let it soak right down to cover all the cloths.

These can be used for kitchens, bathrooms or general cleaning and they will stay fresh for about 5 days.  Depending on the type of cloth you use, you might want to adjust the amount of liquid. As long as you stick to the ratio of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, it should still work well.

Happy Eco Cleaning,

The Secret Cleaner

#aff – some products include affiliate links which means if you purchase them, I receive a small commission paid by Amazon.


    • Hi there, you could try using baking soda instead of the vinegar. Try using 2 teaspoons and just make sure you give it a good shake to thoroughly dissolve it in the mixture. It might be a good idea to do a patch test first, and don’t scrub it too hard, just in case!


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