First project of 2012: green wipes


OK, it certainly isn’t on the same plane as my Chanel jacket, but today’s project turned out to be cutting up old t-shirts for wipes. Not the disposable kind that you buy in the store, but reusable disinfecting rags for quick cleanups. I know, I know; I am a little overly obsessed with trying to keep disposable products out of the landfills, but every bit of goodness helps, right?

Besides, this is EASY. Really easy! My DD found the recipe for homemade “clorox” wipes on the Live Renewed blog.  Courtesy of Emily’s basic  recipe, I whipped up a batch of her magic disinfecting potion this morning with (only minor modifications):

  1. 1 – 1.5 cups of water
  2. big squirt of pure castile soap
  3. 10-15 drops of tea tree oil
  4. healthy dollop of white vinegar

With 4 children and one husband, there are plenty o’ old T-shirts laying around my house from various fraternity functions, workplace events, etc. I grabbed a couple and cut off the sleeves, neck, and hems first, and then totally randomly with great care and precision cut them into exactly equal 6×6 inch squares. Or some facsimile thereof.  😉 I dumped them into a plastic container, and poured the magic solution over them until they were all wet and a little sloshy. The real test: bathroom wipe-downs.

I have to say I think they worked really well, AND smelled great. A couple of sinks had  some soap scum buildup, so I just added a little baking soda and they were clean in a jiffy. Sometimes it is the little things in life that are exciting, and today it was homemade disinfecting wipes. Woot!

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen


3 Responses to First project of 2012: green wipes

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I don’t have a lot of old t-shirts after many a closet clean up, but I will try to find a few to do this. Thanks!

  2. Thanks Jane! Cheap, super easy to make AND refill, plus the solution smell is divine. Not chemical-ly and harsh at all. Let me know if you need T-shirts – I have more!!


  3. My local Goodwill store has started cutting up some of the tshirts they get into 8X8 squares, and selling them bundled as cleaning clothes/rags etc. If you don’t have any tshirts laying around, maybe check a local thrift store and see what their tshirt supply is like, or if they sell the bundles too. I love this idea, gonna make some up for my bathroom too. Thanks! Angela

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