Green Spring Cleaning Series: Day One
DIY Disinfecting Spray
Learn how to make this DIY disinfecting spray that is all natural, non toxic, cheap, and works like Lysol. This spray uses essential oils, white vinegar, and alcohol to deodorize, sanitize, and kill mold.
I live in a house full of germ carriers. Snotty nosed, sneeze into the wind, finger-licking, double-dipping germ carriers. As a mom of four delightful children, I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen a finger in places that fingers just shouldn’t go. And then watch as said finger reaches out for me or trails the cloth of my couch.
Kids are gross.
But they’re so worth all the nasty!
So I disinfect my house and furniture and self constantly (ok, not constantly, but it sure does feel like that).
Unfortunately, though, most household disinfectants sold on the market are just poison in a bottle. Seriously. The main big brand and similar off-brands have ingredients that are toxic and kill not only bad bacteria, but good bacteria with it (which can actually lead to more sickness).
Some of the ingredients are linked to cancer and various lung illnesses.
All of the ingredients combined equal a product that has scary caution warnings…and if any gets sprayed in the face, you’re calling poison control. Because it could destroy your eyeballs.
After learning all of this about Lysol, but seeing how germy and nasty kids are, I found that there’s a really healthy DIY disinfecting spray alternative to store-bought disinfecting spray.
It only requires 3-4 ingredients that you have to buy (but might already have on hand) and water.
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Vodka. Vodka, ya’ll. I’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding for what feels like 7 years straight. So this is about all the alcohol I pour. Vodka is a high-proof alcohol that does a fantastic job sterilizing whatever you’re spraying, without knocking out the majority of good bacteria. Rubbing alcohol could also be used here if that’s what you have.
White vinegar is a beast when it comes to killing bad bacteria, mold, and pollutants. The smell can be strong at first, but the vinegary smell wears off very quickly, even though it continues working.
Essential oils offer a punch of germ killing power (that’s a scientific term).
Now which essential oils you use is really up to you. It depends on what scent combos you enjoy. For me, I’m currently loving lemon and orange essential oils. But some other great antibacterial essential oils could also include tea tree, lavender, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, and rosemary just to name a few. Lavender and lemon are another favorite combo of mine. I go on peppermint and orange kicks often, too.
Note: I only gave links to ones I use or have used in the past of each specific oil and have been happy with. I’m not a die-hard user of doTERRA or Zongle or any other specific essential oil brand. I like various ones and am always open to try different brands that have quality products and use ethical business methods. Some brands put out a great lavender oil, but a terrible peppermint oil, etc etc. It’s OK to shop around and not stick to just one brand, unless you feel like it! You DO want to buy oils that are therapeutic grade (not just “pure”), and preferably organic. Some of the oils (like the NOW brand Clove) I purchased before knowing a whole lot about essential oils. I still enjoy using them for cleaning.
- Legit, just pour in a spray bottle and shake.
- No seriously, you’re done
To Use Your DIY Disinfecting Spray
Spray any surface you want to disinfect with a fine mist and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. If desired, wipe away any left-over dampness with a dry cloth. You can also spray it and leave it.
Note: I would be careful spraying anything that alcohol could destroy. Some furniture finishes would do better if wiped down after spraying (I make sure to let the disinfectant sit on my dining room table for 5 minutes and then wipe with a cloth after so that it doesn’t damage the finish).
I use this disinfectant spray on toys (especially the play kitchen toys…my kids just can’t seem to pretend to eat the play food), toilet seats, light switches, counters, tabletops, chairs, door handles, buttons/remotes, and the diaper changing station. Pretty much everywhere. I have a bottle in a cabinet in each bathroom and a bottle in the kitchen/general area.
Because kids are gross. Adorably (and not so adorably) so. 😉