Surface Wipes

DIY Surface wipes using essential oils

These DIY Surface Wipes are so handy!  You will wonder why you never made these before – it will revolutionise the way you clean.!  Whether you choose to make disposable wipes with paper towel, or reusable wipes with cloths you can wash and use again, I just know you are going to love these.

You can choose your own oils to suit your tastes or needs.  You might like to check out some of the suggestions in the notes section of the recipe below.

DIY Surface wipes using essential oils

Surface Wipes

These DIY Surface wipes are so handy. Use them in the kitchen, bathroom - or wherever you want really! You can choose to make them disposable wipes, or wipes you can wash and reuse. Use a quality paper towel roll or reusable wipes like Chux or facewashers. If using paper towel, be sure to use a sturdy, thick product so it will hold up to sitting in the cleaning solution and scrubbing as you clean. I like to use the Tuffy brand sold at Woolworths.
Keep them stored in an airtight container and use whenever you need them!
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Time to Make: 5 minutes




  • ¾ cup boiled, then cooled water Can also use distilled water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ tbsp washing soda
  • ½ roll paper towel Or reusable cloths such as chux

Essential Oils

  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil


  • Add all of your ingredients to jug or bowl
  • Mix together them until washing soda is dissolved
  • Get your paper towels or reusable wipes ready. If you are using paper towel, cut it in half  with a serrated or electric knife. Use half of the roll now and save the other half for next time (or use it to make baby wipes). If using reusable wipes, fold them in an accordion style and then roll the stack so you can pull from the centre and the next wipe will pull out enough be ready for next time)
  • Put the paper towel roll or rolled up reusable wipes in the Wipes Container and pour on liquid
  • Put on the lid. The cleaning solution will work its way up the paper towels or wipes on its own through capillary action
  • If using paper towel, remove and discard cardboard tube. Pull the wipes from the centre of the roll so they are ready to use



I prefer using water from the kettle that has been boiled rather than distilled water.  If it's still a bit warm, it helps the washing soda dissolve.  Just be sure to let it cool before adding it to the Wipes Container. 
Using water from the kettle that has been boiled also saves you money, a trip to the supermarket, and puts less plastic in our environment!

This recipe uses the following Ingredients

  • Washing Soda


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2 thoughts on “Surface Wipes”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve struggled to get the oily residue off from around the cupboards near the range hood. I’ve tried lots of products from the supermarket that state they will remove it – but they never do. Today, I tried your recipe! BLOWN AWAY! These are absolutely magnificent! There was no scrubbing required, just a little elbow grease but barely any!
    I HIGHLY recommend that try this recipe! I doubt very much that you’ll be sorry you did!
    And it doesn’t take long to make either!

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