Make Your Own Granite Cleaning Wipes (or Baby Wipes)

Back when my girls were all in diapers, some wonderful soul introduced me to home made baby wipes.  They were fabulous and a major budget-saver.  Well, we’ve been diaper-free around here for nearly 3 years but I held on to that wonderful Rubbermaid bowl and lid because I knew it would come in handy again someday.

Today was that day.

I have been making my own granite cleaner for about a year and half and just keep it in a spray bottle.  However, one of my goals for school and life this year is to hand off as much of the house keeping as I possibly can to the girls and when it comes to cleaning, they can get a little trigger-happy and use a lot more of a spray than necessary.

Enter the home made granite cleaning wipe!

Here’s how:

  • First you have to find a lidded container that will hold the equivalent of half a roll of paper towels and about 3 cups of liquid.  This can be the hardest part.  Mine is a round, 10 cup Rubbermaid container, but use whatever works for you.
  • After that, take a large roll of paper towels and cut in half width-wise with a very sharp knife (you will end up with what looks like two giant rolls of toilet paper).  Be careful, the only stitches I’ve ever had came from doing this back in my baby wipe-making days.
  • Pull the cardboard core out of each half.  Put one half away for your next batch of wipes.
  • In your container mix this recipe:
      • 2 cups water
      • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
      • 1 tsp pure castile soap (peppermint, etc.)
      • 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
      • 20 drops tea tree oil
      • 20 drops lavender or lemongrass essential oil
  • Set the half-roll of paper towels in the liquid.  Press lid on and allow to absorb for a few hours.
  • Once the towels are fully saturated, pull the first towel out from the center (where the cardboard core once was) and voila! you’ve got yourself a granite wipe!  🙂

When I posted this on Facebook earlier, I had a couple of requests for the baby wipe recipe as well.  The steps are the same as above, with the ingredients being as follows:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baby wash
  • 2 tablespoons Avon Skin So Soft bath oil or other gentle oil (I have seen suggestions of baby oil, olive oil, vitamin E…etc.)

Both projects are super-simple and work great.  Enjoy!

***Granite recipe from


4 thoughts on “Make Your Own Granite Cleaning Wipes (or Baby Wipes)

  1. I was telling Rex last night that I could not believe I forgot about homemade baby wipes, and he got this *very* strange look on his face. 🙂 I asked him what was wrong and he said he was so bummed that I remembered.. apparently he HATES homemade baby wipes. ha! I had no idea. I asked him if his hate was so strong that I shouldn’t make them for the money savings? He said no. So thanks! (from me!) I am glad you jogged my memory. 🙂 I still own my container too.

    I look forward to having granite counters someday to use that recipe too!

  2. Shawna, that’s funny because when we used them I loved them only because they seemed to work so much better than the store-bought ones. Maybe we were buying ultra-cheap ones, I don’t know… but the home-made ones were only worth the effort to me because of their ease of use. 🙂

  3. I’ve wanted to try this for a while now…is there a certain brand of paper towels you recommend for the best quality (least likely to rip) wipe?


    • Jenna, I haven’t bought any for a long time; I just happened to have a couple of extra rolls in the basement. I know the wipes recipe recommended the Bounty Big Roll, but I think I actually bought the Member’s Mark pack at Sam’s. The roll isn’t quite as large as the Bounty Big Roll, but still larger than most and they’re good, quality paper towels. Have fun!

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