Cleaning wipes are great to have on hand when you are cleaning messy surfaces. They are easy to use and can easily be thrown away when you are done. These DIY Cleaning Wipes don’t take too long to make, and can be stored in an air-tight container and used at your convenience whenever you need help cleaning up a mess. 


1 roll premium paper towels

2 cups warm water

2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil

3 drops doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend

1–2 tablespoons  doTERRA On Guard® Foaming Hand Wash


  1. Cut the paper towel in half widthwise with a serrated or electric knife. Use half the roll now and half later.
  2. Combine water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, essential oils, and On Guard Foaming Hand Wash in a small bowl.
  3. Pour mixture over paper towels and cover with an airtight lid. Let the mixture absorb for 10 minutes.
  4. Turn the container over and let sit for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove and discard the cardboard tube. Pull wipes from the center of the roll when ready to use.

Dangers of household cleaners:

Typical household cleaning tasks expose our lungs to strong chemical agents. Compounds like sodium hypochlorite (bleach), hydrochloric acid, and sodium hydroxide are commonly found mixed together in various cleaning products and have been shown to cause asthma-like symptoms in people who do not have asthma or allergies.1 However, until recently, these symptoms had been identified only after short-term exposure, and there had not been information available regarding the impact of these chemicals over time.

A recent study investigated the long-term effects of chemical agents found in cleaning products on respiratory health. Data analyzed from over 6,000 participants over a 20-year period showed that individuals responsible for cleaning at home or working as occupational cleaners showed a sharper decline in their forced expiratory volume (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC), which are key measures of respiratory health.2 This suggests that household cleaning products—and the chemical agents within them—pose a significant risk to long-term lung function.2

Despite the common use of harsher chemicals, natural products may be effective alternatives to standard cleaners. doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend contains the organic compounds cinnamaldehyde and limonene, which grant the oil blend its potent surface cleansing properties. If you prefer a citrus scent, Lemon may also be used to cleanse surfaces and purify the air.

As you set goals related to personal health and wellness, don’t forget to consider the cleaning products used in your home and the respiratory health of you and your family.