In an effort to save money, I have been making all kinds of things I usually buy. I love the wipes that are pre-moistened with cleaning solution, but they can get quite expensive and they often don’t cut through grease very well. That is why I decided to make my own DIY wipes for my kitchen.
Did you know ammonia has great grease cutting properties? While it may not smell very pleasant, ammonia is low cost and a great cleaning tool. Make sure not to mix with any bleach containing products or you will be very unpleasantly surprised by a deadly gas that forms when ammonia meets bleach. I once made the mistake as a young mother of cleaning my bathtub with an ammonia containing product and then without thinking, poured a little beach on after I had thought I had rinsed it well. Needless to say, I had to rush myself out of the bathroom, run water and not come back for several hours. I will never forget how absolutely terrified I was or how it felt in my lungs! Ammonia is safe to use alone, but please be careful!
To make these grease cutting wipes, you will need:
A container with a lid (I used an old baby wipe container)
A capful or two of ammonia
A roll of paper towels
Start by tearing off each paper towel. Fold in half (or to fit your container), stacking each one on top of the other. While this is tedious, it is also worth it when you think about how much money you will save. I made about 50 wipes for less than $2.00
If you are using a wipe container like myself, fold the end in about 2 inches. This makes it fit better and as an added bonus, gives you something to grab when they are wet and harder to separate.
Once your paper towels are in the container, mix together a capful or two of ammonia, to about a half a gallon of hot water. Mix well. Make sure to wear gloves when working with ammonia. It can be irritating to the skin when not diluted. If you prefer, add some drops of essential oil as well to break up the scent and make your wipes more pleasant smelling.
Carefully pour the water mixture over the top of the paper towels. Gently press down and add more towels on top if you have room.
These towels come in handy for cutting grease in the kitchen and garage.