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"In the Kitchen with the Kitchen Witches" - Natural Cleaning Wipes by Sue Perryman

This month watch Sue in her kitchen as she makes her own natural cleaning wipes. Link to the video can be found here

In my continuing efforts to replace shop brought cleaners with homemade natural cleaners, I came across this recipe for natural cleaning wipes. Cleaning wipes are so useful to have around the home, particularly in the bathroom if you have little boys or grandsons 🙄 I am trying to reduce single use plastic in our home and most wipes are made of non-biodegradable plastic and even if they say they are safe to be flushed, they really shouldn’t be. Flushed wipes are a major cause of blockages in sewers.

If that’s not enough to put you off, scientists have warned that shop bought chemical cleaners are as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day!

I’ve been using these wipes now for a while and I love them. The essential oils mask the vinegar smell and are antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antimicrobial.

Please note that these wipes are not for use on granite, marble, quartz or any other kind of natural stone as vinegar can be corrosive to natural stone. I will add another recipe for natural stone further down the page.

You will need:

A 750 ml airtight jar (clean and dry)

125 ml cooled boiled water

125 ml white vinegar

5 drops of lemon essential oil

5 drops of lavender essential oil

4 drops of lemongrass essential oil

1 tsp dish washing liquid

Clean dry reusable cloths

Depending on the size of your jar and the size of your cloths, the number of cloths you need will vary. If you haven’t got any spare cloths, you can use fabric scraps, or cut up an old towel.


Measure the vinegar, water, dish washing liquid and essential oils together in a jug.

Place your cloths into the jar.

Pour the solution over the cloths making sure they are evenly covered. And that’s it!

Whenever you would normally use a cleaning wipe, reach for your jar, take out a cloth, squeezing out any excess solution. Wipe down your surfaces and pop the cloth into the laundry after use. When the jar is empty make up a new batch of solution.

These wipes should last for around 4 weeks or so in the jar. If the solution smells bad or the cloths go mouldy, then wash the cloths and start again.

If you have natural stone surfaces or just don’t like cleaning with vinegar, then the recipe below is perfect for you:

250 ml cooled boiled water

2 tsp liquid castile soap or dish washing liquid

10 drops Lavender essential oil

4 drops tea tree oil.


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love this .... being a cleaner, and trying to be as green as possible whilst still being effective (gotta keep the customer happy), this 'recipe' appeals to me. To be honest, I have gotten in to the habit of 'damp-dusting' rather than using the Mrs Meyers wood polish I had been using, so the damp dusting was just using hot soapy water using dishwash liquid and a well-rung out rag ... I did miss the Mrs Meyers scent tho ... So I think i will use your method instead! 💜

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