This woman's genius technique could help you save big on cleaning wipes

In an age where every penny counts and environmental consciousness is more important than ever, finding ways to save money while reducing waste is like striking gold.

For our savvy seniors who are always on the lookout for clever household tips, we've got something that's been making the rounds on the internet, and it's bound to make you think, 'Why didn't I think of that?'

The brilliant idea comes from a social media user, Brennan Kai (@brennan.kai), who has become something of a sustainability guru.

She's been sharing her journey towards ‘imperfect sustainability’, a realistic approach to eco-friendly living that doesn't demand perfection but encourages better choices.

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Brennan Kai shared a household tip that could save you money. Image source: @brennankai/Instagram

One of her standout tips involves ditching disposable cleaning wipes for a do-it-yourself alternative that's not only simple but also genius.

Here's the scoop: Brennan has been using her homemade disinfectant wipes for over a year, and she's thrilled with their cleaning prowess.

‘It's been over a year since I started using these DIY disinfectant wipes in place of the single-use ones you can get at the store,’ she said. ‘And I've been really satisfied with how they clean.’

To create her reusable wipes, she takes an upcycled jar—which could be anything from an old pickle jar to a mason jar—and fills it with small pieces of cloth.

These can be cut from old towels, t-shirts, or any fabric that's past its prime but still has some life left in it.

Next, she pours in 70% isopropyl alcohol until the fabrics are fully saturated, adding a few drops of essential oils to give a pleasant aroma and counteract the clinical scent of alcohol.

Voilà! You've got yourself a batch of reusable wipes that clean and disinfect surfaces without adding to the landfill.

The beauty of this method isn't just in its simplicity or eco-friendliness; it's also a boon for your wallet.

By switching to common household items like soap, alcohol, and vinegar for cleaning, you can save a significant sum—around $100 a year, according to the TCD Guide.

That's money that can be put towards more enjoyable pursuits, like a nice meal out or a new book for the collection.

But the benefits don't stop at your bank account.

Disposable wipes are not only pricey, but they're also a burden on our planet. They often contain plastics that don't break down, polluting our waterways and harming wildlife.

By making the switch to reusable wipes, you're taking a step towards a cleaner, greener world.

The response to this sustainable swap has been overwhelmingly positive. Commenters on Brennan's video are praising the idea for its ingenuity and practicality.

'Thank you for sharing! So simple but genius!' one person exclaimed.

Another wisely cautioned to be mindful of the surfaces you use them on, as alcohol can damage certain materials.

‘Good idea! Thanks for sharing I'm trying to shift to a more eco-conscious home life,’ another wrote.

You can watch her video here:

Source: @brennan.kai/TikTok​

Key Takeaways
  • A social media user known as Brennan Kai shared a sustainable alternative to disposable cleaning wipes by using reusable surface wipes soaked in isopropyl alcohol and essential oils.
  • This eco-friendly cleaning method is not only better for the environment but also saves money in the long run, potentially around $100 a year compared to specialised cleaning products.
  • The DIY disinfectant wipes are part of Brennan's practice of ‘imperfect sustainability’, encouraging affordable and eco-friendly choices in household cleaning.
  • Feedback from the online community has been positive, with commenters appreciating the simplicity and genius of the idea, although a word of caution is given regarding the potential damage to certain surfaces.
So, dear members of the Seniors Discount Club, why not give this a try? It's a small change that can make a big difference—for both your budget and the environment.

What are your favourite eco-friendly household tips? Share them in the comments below—we love hearing from you!
Ha ha. So grandma was right. Paul the rags through the washing machine after you use them. What were they called again? Yes dishcloths Sadly she used to have to put them through the wringer. No spin dryer for her
I use a bottle of disinfectant & a microfibre cloth which then gets put in the laundry to be washed. I’ve never spent a lot of money on fancy cleaning products. My one vice is paper towels & tissues which are composted or put in our green bin. I actually don’t possess a cotton handkerchief because I hate washing them.
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Here's a tip. AMAZING cost cutting tip...and it isn't even on Tik Tok.
Don't buy wipes. They are just a lazy man's invention and way too expensive for what they do.
As far as the AMAZING cleaning tip goes, not for me. No toxic substances in my home. If I want to disinfect anything, I use disinfectant as a soaker, or, put it in a spray bottle. That would be the strongest base I would have in our home.
I have used my own cloths for years and they get rub-a-dub dubbed. Hardly rocket science.
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