Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Saving Money with Homemade Sanitizing Wipes

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has hit, sanitizing wipes are almost impossible to find in the stores. 

The solution to that is to make your own sanitizing wipes, which is what my daughter did this week.

Now there are multiple tutorials online on how to make your own wipes, so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here. I'm just going to explain how we saved money by making our own wipes. 

This is a bottle of Lysol that we bought from Lowe's last year. This bottle is a concentrated formula, holds 144 ounces, and costs $8.18. 

When you mix the bottle of Lysol according to the package directions, you will end up with 720 ounces of Lysol because it's a concentrated formula. 

Target sells the 32 ounce bottle of Lysol that is NOT concentrated for $2.89. When I do the math on the 144 ounce bottle, 32 ounces of the final product costs us less than 40¢ to make. 

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What a difference in price!

This week my daughter made homemade wipes using an idea she read about online using coffee filters.  She bought two packages of coffee filters and paid $2.98 for 400 filters. 

Now I've used the wipes she made with the coffee filters and they are strong and durable. I know many people, including myself, have made wipes with paper towels, but she found that the coffee filters are cheaper than using paper towels. Besides, paper towels are actually hard to find right now anyway. 

Doing the math again...200 cleaning wipes will cost me $1.49 plus 40¢ = $1.89, which is less than 1¢ per wipe. If you look at the prices of the name brand wipes online you will see that they range in prices from 3¢ on up to 15¢ each. 

"Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves"

That's what I have to share with you today. I hope you found this an easy way for you to save money. 

~ Living within our Means ~
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  1. Very creative to use the coffee filters instead! We are running low on wipes, so this was very timely for us.

    1. Oh, that's great. I will have to tell Bailey. That will make her day.

  2. I'll add coffee filters to my next list! I still haven't fund Clorox or other bleach.

    1. Sounds good, Sam. I hope you can find some Clorox or bleach soon.

  3. I am not worried about the frugality of the wipes as much as the availability! I have a ton of coffee filters so I sincerely thank you and Bailey for this heads up!

    1. You're very welcome, Anne. Glad to help out.

  4. I actually have plenty of wipes because I bought them before anyone was paying much attention to China. No, did not hoard or wipe out a shelf.

    1. That is terrific! I'm glad you have plenty. :)

  5. Thank you, Renee. I'll be sure to check it out.


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