We just made the typical “expecting parent” move and bought an SUV. To say I’m grateful is an understatement so I want to take care of it as best I can. I am 30 years old and this is the nicest car I have owned, thanks baby! A few days into owning this SUV I realized I needed to figure out the best way to maintain it. We have a very hairy dog and I know this new baby will try hard to destroy the cleanliness I love!
I was at Target buying a mini trash can for said car and grabbed some leather cleaning wipes. First, they aren’t cheap. Second, the chemicals in them scared me. I try my best to limit toxins and chemicals that are hormone disrupting. So, the convenience of those wipes was outweighed by logic. I make a lot of our house hold and hygiene products, so I knew I could find a way to make something cheap and easy at home.
To Pinterest I went. Of course, I am not the first to think of DIY car wipes so there were lots of options. The theme was water, vinegar and dish soap. I decided to make my own mix by swapping out the dish soap for jojoba oil and adding some essential oils! You can use fractionated coconut oil or almond oil instead of the jojoba oil. It's simply what I had in the house. I have leather seats and it makes them nice a shiny but not too oily/greasy.
*Paper towel role
*Glass or metal measuring cup
*Glass or metal Tbsp
*Wide mouth mason jar/lid
A of the recipes called for an old/empty wipes container. I don’t use chemicals in my home, so I don’t have any old or empty wipes container. Instead I used a wide mouth mason jar. When you’re using essential oils, you want to make sure you don’t use plastics anyways. Fun fact oils break down plastics.
I was a bit nervous about cutting the Costco size paper towel roll I had but my bread knife worked just fine. The roll is too big to place in the jar directly, so I simply wrapped the roll around my hand until it was the width of the mason jar. I set that a side to make my cleaning blend.
Cleaning Blend Recipe:
*1 cup water
*1/2 cup vinegar
*2 drops of lemon essential oil
*5 drops Frankincense essential oil
*3 tbsp. jojoba oil
You simply mix all the ingredients into the jar, shake it up and put the paper towel roll into the jar. Shake it up one more time to make sure all the paper towel gets covered, then pull the center paper towel up and Voila’!
Of course, I promptly went out to my week-old car and wiped down the steering wheel. YUCK! The car might look new, but the paper towel told another story. It was black. I chose lemon oil for the smell and frankincense for its immune system benefits. I knew it would disinfect the grimy places in the car for me and baby, while leaving my car smelling yummy!
Hope you enjoy this simple DIY. Leave me a comment on how much you love the wipes or what essential oil blend you used! Spice it up!
I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator and certifying Nutritionist. Essentially I am a women's health nerd. I have struggled with Autoimmune issues for the last 10 years, and more recently fertility issues. This along with my birth work, has driven me to self research. I have added a blog to my site in hopes of giving resources to clients or those interested in these topics. I would love feedback and comments.
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