Natural essentiial oil wipes are a wonderful way to harness the cleansing and beautifying power of natural essential oils. They are easy to make and can be personalized for different uses and essential oil preferences.
As always, please research the appropriate use of your chosen essential oils before making your wipes. For instance, lavender essential oil is safe to use (in moderation) with young children, where cinnamon bark essential oil would not work as well. Please also take into consideration the surfaces on which you will be using your wipes. A bit of tea tree oil on a wipe will work wonderfully to disinfect a toilet seat, but lemon essential used on a polished table has the potential to remove all of the varnish and ruin the finish.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
-1 Tbsp unscented liquid soap base – this can be homemade, a health food store brand, unscented bath or shower gel, handsoap, or even dish soap.
-1 Tbsp carrier oil – Oils that work well include olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba and grapeseed.
-Essential oils (a few drops) – These give your wipes their unique scent and also add the healing/cleansing benefit of the essential oil to your wipes.
Here are some ideas for essential oil combinations for specific purposes:
–Antibacterial – cinnamon bark, tea tree, cypress, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, orange, lemon, rosemary, thyme, or a blend of any of the above
–Disinfectant – grapefruit, lemon, orange, or a blend of any of the above
–Calming – bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, ylang ylang, myrrh
–Alertness – basil, lemon, peppermint, rosemary,spearmint
–Refreshing – peppermint, spearmint
–Moisturizing – lavender, geranium, carrotseed, lemon, patchouli, Roman chamomile, sandalwood
–1 ½ cups of water
Paper towels (half a roll) – preferably a heavy duty brand,so they can withstand moisture and scrubbing
Airtight container or ziptop bag to store your wipes in – disposable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids work particularly well for this.
1.Use a knife to cut a roll of paper towels in half widthwise and remove the cardboard tube.
2.Mix the liquid soap base, carrier oil and essential oils in a bowl or cup.
3.Pour the water into your airtight container, and then add the oil/soap/essential oil mixture to it. Stir together thoroughly.
4.Fanfold the paper towels into the container and let them soak up the liquid mixture. Flip over after half an hour to assist with even distribution of the liquid.
That’s all! Make sure to use up the wipes within a few days, since they don’t contain ingredients to retard growth of mold. Be careful to avoid using on the eyes or other sensitive areas. And enjoy your homemade essential oil wipes!!