Let’s talk about how to make a homemade version of the ‘popular’ Lysol cleaning disinfectant spray. Although I generally don’t use harsh chemicals in my home anymore, I do like to keep it clean. With the onset of the new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are making sure that our house is clean and disinfected as best we can. We have been using this natural disinfectant spray around our home and loving it.
Many people are also discovering that Lysol and other disinfectant cleaners are not even currently available on the shelves of their favorite stores like Walmart, Costco, Target, and Kroger. They were one of the first things to disappear in stores around here.
Luckily, we can make a homemade disinfectant spray that is not as harsh, it’s simple and proven effective by the CDC.
Disinfectant sprays are a bit different than cleaners. While homemade recipes for cleaners often use vinegar and dish soap, that is not powerful enough to disinfect surfaces. For this to be most effective, it must use alcohol as it is a proven disinfectant (where vinegar is not a proven disinfectant but is a wonderful cleaner).
Be sure surfaces are cleaned before disinfecting. Remove any visible signs of dirt and debris before applying the disinfectant spray.
We have a lot of wonderful cleaning recipes on our Cleaning Resource Card if you are in need of some great cleaning recipes. We also have a DIY Green Cleaning Kit that has more recipes and vinyl labels so you can label your bottles in a pretty way when you are done making up the DIY cleaners.
Benefits of Homemade Disinfectant Spray
- Supplies May Be Easier To Get Now
- Smells Great (Can Customize To Your Liking)
- Kills Mold
- Kills Microbes Such as Mold, Viruses, and Bacteria
- Easy To Make
- Only Has a Couple of Ingredients
- Reduces Toxic Load
The DIY disinfecting spray is one of my favorite ways that I feel like I can be in control of cleaning my home and helping to disinfect frequently touched and used surfaces. Now more than I ever I feel compelled to try to keep my family safe and protected as much as possible.
Where to Use DIY Alcohol Cleaning spray
- Doorknobs, both inside and outside.
- Areas of doors that frequently get touched.
- Tables and chairs
- Light switches and plates
- Sinks / Faucets
- All Counters (kitchen, bathroom, etc.)
- Remote Controls
- Cell Phone Cases
- Cell phones (might be better with a disinfectant wipe)
- Credit Cards
- Car Door Handles
- Toilets / Toilet Handles
- Oven, Fridge, Microwave Handles, etc.
- Water Kettles
- Garbage Cans
- Security System Panels
What Essential Oils Have Disinfecting/Cleaning Properties?
- Tea Tree / Melaleuca – Antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral.
- Lavender – Antifungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic
- Orange – Antiseptic
- Cinnamon -Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral
- Clove – Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, antiviral, disinfectant
- Eucalyptus – Antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiviral
- Lavender – Antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic
Ingredients for Natural Disinfectant Spray
- 1 – 4 oz glass spray bottle or trigger spray bottle
- 70% + Isopropyl Alcohol or 140 proof or higher Vodka
- 10 drops of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide was effective with a concentration of 0.5% and an incubation time of 1 min.
- 30 drops of essential oils
- 1 FREE Printable Label (You can print on paper and tape it to your bottle, or you can print out on full label sheets found on Amazon and cut out the label to fit your bottle)
How To Make Homemade Natural Disinfectant “Lysol” Antibacterial Spray With Essential Oils
- Sanitize your 4 oz bottle. Although glass bottles and tops are clean when you receive them, they are not sanitized. You can do this by boiling them on the stove or cleaning in your dishwasher.
- Add alcohol (It must be 70%+ Isopropyl Alcohol or 140 proof or higher Vodka as mentioned above in ingredients) to the bottle. Fill just below the collar of the bottle.
- Add 10 drops of hydrogen peroxide to the alcohol in the spray bottle. (this will constitute .5% volume of hydrogen peroxide).
- Next, add 30 drops of essential oils to the mixture. We used 20 drops of tea tree, 5 drops cinnamon, 5 drops clove and 5 drops orange essential oils in ours. You can always adjust this to your liking of scent or property profiles as listed above.
- Add your spray top (or trigger spray top) to the bottle.
- Be sure to label your disinfectant spray. Get a free printable label HERE. You can print on plain printer paper and tape it to your bottle, or purchase printable label sheets on Amazon. Labels that fit our content management system for disinfectant sprays are coming soon, so stay tuned.
How to Use Your DIY Disinfectant Spray
Before each use, give your all-natural Lysol alternative bottle a gentle shake or swirl to make sure ingredients are combined well. Spray on surfaces that have already been cleaned. This is a disinfectant spray and is intended to disinfect previously cleaned surfaces. Make sure all visible dirt and debris have been removed. In order to be effective, the surface needs to remain wet for 1 minute or more. Spray the homemade disinfectant spray on your surface and allow it to air dry. You could test a small area to ensure that the surface remains wet for 1 minute or longer to make sure you are spraying an adequate amount.
I would also suggest doing a small test area on surfaces before spraying. For instance an antique wooden table. Test a small patch to make sure that it does hurt your table.
Are Essential Oils Required?
Although we love essential oils, the recipe above without the essential oils is proven safe by the CDC and Journal of Hospital Infection. Adding the essential oils adds another layer of protection, as well as makes your spray smell wonderfully.
Can I Use Another Size Bottle?
Yes, of course, you can use a different size bottle for the natural disinfectant spray! If you get say an 8 oz bottle instead, just multiply the ingredients by 2. If you get a smaller 2 oz bottle, the ingredients will need to be decreased by half. We do call for a 4 oz bottle because it is a great size to quickly spray down objects without the glass and ingredients weighing it down and making it very heavy to use. It is also more portable and easier to store. You can easily put one in your glove box, purse, under the sink in each room, etc.
Are you also in need of a quick and simple recipe for hand sanitizers? Check out this blog post for a DIY hand sanitizer recipe. It also has correct ratios used in our recipe.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Above all, during this time, it is our sincerest wish that you each stay safe and healthy. If there is anything we can do to assist you in finding or making a recipe or anything, please don’t hesitate to send us a message. Best wishes to you and yours! Got Oil Supplies