Powerful DIY Disinfectant Spray | 3 Ingredients

We all know how important it is to keep our hands washed with soap and water during this Covid-19 time. It’s just as important to keep the surfaces in our homes disinfected. However, we can’t take our cell phones, fridge handles and steering wheels under the faucet and wash with soap and water. Therefore, we need something to clean these surfaces with. This simple and POWERFUL DIY disinfectant spray recipe is the one to get the job done and only takes 3 simple ingredients.

This disinfectant spray is quick and inexpensive to make up and calls for supplies and ingredients you are most likely to have right in your home.

How effective is this diy disinfectant spray?

The CDC gives several recommendations and solutions for disinfecting. I love that isopropyl alcohol is on the list for effectiveness. Some of the other choices, like bleach, I don’t feel so great about and want to avoid as much as possible. Household bleach comes with all kinds of toxic red flags.

If you want to read about the toxic concerns regarding bleach and other chemical cleaners, this site is a good reference and one I go to frequently when considering products. I even have their app on my phone that scans products to see the rating of toxicity right when I’m at the store. I love it.

As most of you know, I have been making my own non-toxic cleaners for many years and swear by their effectiveness. I felt I needed to amp up my all purpose cleaner recipe with a few stronger ingredients because of the pandemic. Some of you may already have my list of cleaning recipes, but if you don’t, you can find the updated version HERE. It’s a free download and I would love for you to have a copy. This recipe has been added to the list.

What are the ingredients and why are they so effective?

When I make up a DIY recipe, I am all about knowing the WHY about the ingredients that goes in it. So, here is a little information about the 3 items that go into this spray.

1-Isopropyl Alcohol

Isopropyl Alcohol is a natural antibacterial and antiviral. Alcohol damages the cell walls of organisms, therefore allowing the alcohol to enter the organism and destroy it.

According to the CDC, you want to use an alcohol that is at least 70% alcohol to disinfect surfaces. Some say you can use either ethanol (that’s what is in the alcohol that you drink), but I have read a lot of controversial information about that.

Now I know isopropyl alcohol may be like liquid gold to some of you and is hard to, or even impossible to find in the stores right now. Luckily I had stockpiled several bottles years ago, so I was able to make up several batches of this stuff.

If you can’t find rubbing alcohol, my All Non-Toxic All Purpose Cleaner will be better than nothing, and you can find the post and recipe HERE.

2-Hydrogen Peroxide

According to an article from the CDC, hydrogen peroxide is active against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and spores

3-Essential Oils

I am a big fan of using essential oils. Although they are not a one all, cure all substance, they do have amazing properties and I take advantage and use them all the time.

Some oils that I recommend and have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti fungal, antiseptic, and deodorizing properties are:

Diy disinfectant spray Ingredients

  • 16 oz. isopropyl alcohol (70%) also called rubbing alcohol.
  • 1/2 tsp. hydrogen peroxide
  • Essentials oils

I recommend:

Use what oils that you have available

Instructions

1. Using a narrow tip funnel, fill a 16 oz. glass spray bottle most of the way full with alcohol.

2. Add 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

3. Remove the funnel and add the following essential oils

  • tea tree essential oil, 30 drops 
  • lemon essential oil, 15 drops 
  • lavender essential oil, 15 drops 
  • eucalyptus essential oil, 15 drops 

4. Apply the spray nozzle and shake well.

5. I highly recommend adding some kind of label.

If you’re like me, if you don’t label the jar, you will forget what the heck was in the jar and then you won’t be able to use it effectively.

I’m a painters tape kind of gal and use it all the time to label things. So it can be as simple as writing on a piece of painters tape with a sharpie. But label your jars!

You can download the FREE printable label and recipe HERE.

There are 3 of each style of label. They measure 4 x 2.25 inches.

If you want the labels printed on weatherproof polyester paper, you can purchase the labels in my ETSY shop.

I love these jars with spray nozzles

How to use the disinfectant spray

Shake bottle well before each use! Spray and leave on for up to 30 seconds and wipe. It will evaporate quickly.

Spray on:

  • counter tops
  • handles 
  • door knobs
  • computer keyboards
  • toilet seats/handle
  • faucets
  • cell phones
  • steering wheels

I clean our phones every morning and go through the house spraying on common surfaces regularly. 

You can make the spray up in smaller batches to put in smaller bottles. I keep 8 oz. bottles full of disinfecting spray in my car, by my computer, and in the kitchen. My favorite is to have the mini bottles in my purse and whenever I travel. 

Make your own MINI travel disinfectant spray using an empty 15 ml essential oil bottle.

Get the spray attachments here

Here is the video tutorial.

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You got this!

Stay well my friends!

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Natural Bathroom Cleaner That Works – How to Make Your Own

natural bathroom cleaner
natural bathroom cleaner

Are you looking for a natural bathroom cleaner that really works? Are you tired of wasting your money on products that just don’t cut it when it comes to cleaning naturally? I used to, until I started making my own non-toxic bathroom cleaners. It took me a while to try out and tweak many recipes, but I found a keeper and that is what I have used for the past 15 years or so.

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This recipe is for a creamy tub & toilet scrub that is easy to make and chemical free. I make a big batch of this up to save time. It makes approximately 12 cups of scrub. (about 6 – 16 oz jars).
 
This cleaner is great to clean your shower tile, toilets, sinks, and faucets. You are going to love it!
 
Are you ready to make up a batch?
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Items needed to make natural bathroom cleaner

  • Large inexpensive mixing bowl (the baking soda can etch plastic bowls, so I buy a big plastic bowl at the dollar store that I use just for this).
  • whisk
  • funnel
  • storage jars with squirt lid ( You can also use empty dish soap jars).
  • large measuring bowl or pitcher
  • teaspoon
  • measuring cup
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Ingredients Needed

  •  8 cups baking soda or 4 – 16 oz. Boxes
  •  8 TB/ 1/2 cup concentrated dish soap or 1/2 cup regular
    dish soap (half that amount if you have soft water)
  •  8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
  •  2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  (Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium,
    Rosemary, Wild Orange)

Let’s talk dishwashing soap for a minute. You are going to find a big spectrum of what is “natural” and “non-toxic”. If you are questioning what kind of soap to use in your cleaners, you can go to the EWG’s website and see their ratings. The kind of soap you choose is all about how clean you want to go. I personally find Mrs. Meyers’s soap ok for my needs, I don’t use it all the time. It does a great job and smells yummy. It rates a “c” for mostly environmental threats. Now on the other end of the spectrum is pure Castile soup that rates an “a”.

How to make the Natural Bathroom Cleaner

In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap, and essential oils

Using a whisk, mix well to get all the lumps out

Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute

(If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).

natural bathroom cleaner

Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.

Mix well, working out the lumps.

natural bathroom cleaner

Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pourings.

This will be a little messy.  No worries. Make sure to mix between bottles, as it settles quickly.

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Take to the sink to rinse and then dry the bottles.

natural bathroom cleaner filled bottles

BAM, there you have it.

You’re set for several months*

natural bathroom cleaner squirt bottles

How to store your Natural bathroom cleaner

Once you make up a batch of cleaner, you need to put it in something. It makes up about 12 cups. I like to use these plastic cylinder jars with a squirt lid. You can buy them here at a very reasonable price. You can also use empty dishwashing soap jars.
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Label Jars

I recommend labeling the jars. You may think you will remember what is in the bottle, but if you are like me, you will forget. You can simply use masking tape and a marker, design and print your own labels, or buy them already designed.
 
I have designed a set of labels for all of my natural cleaning labels that you may be interested in.
What I love about these things is that the recipes for these cleaners are printed right on the labels. No more searching for the instructions when it comes time to whip up another batch.
 
You can buy the PDF and print out your own.
OR
Buy the labels already printed on quality vinyl weatherproof stickers
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If you store the jar on its side, it will make the shaking process much easier.

***** Make sure the lids are on tight! If they are not, the liquid will leak out.  Add a little water when the bottle empties, to use up the sediment on the bottom of the jar.

natural bathroom cleaner shake

You will need to shake the bottle vigorously before each use, as it will settle.

(There are no emulsifying agents added).I turn it upside down and pound the bottom of the jar.

I have been using CLOVE essential oil along with the Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil in my cleaning products lately and love it!
I just made a batch of Tub Scrub up today and used Mrs. Myers new scent Bluebell, 1/2 tea tree oil, and 1/2 clove oil.  It smells fantastic! I am not a big fan of the smell of vinegar, and you can’t even smell the vinegar.
 
The dish soaps that I prefer to use are Mrs. Myers. Why not have your cleaning products smell nice.
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Natural Bathroom Cleaner That Works – How to Make Your Own

natural bathroom cleaner

A great non-toxic bathroom cleaner. Does a great job and easy to make.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Total Time15 min
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    Ingredients

      •  8 cups baking soda or 4 – 16 oz. Boxes
      •  8 TB/ 1/2 cup concentrated dish soap or 1/2 cup regular
      • dish soap (half that amount if you have soft water)
      •  8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
      •  2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  (Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium,
      • Rosemary, Wild Orange)
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    INSTUCTIONS

    1

    In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap and essential oils.

    2

    Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute (If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).

    3

    Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.

    4

    Mix well, working out the lumps.

    5

    Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pouring.

    6

    Wash off bottles and store laying on their sides. 

    7

    Shake vigorously before each use.

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    DIY Yoga Mat Spray

    Non-Toxic All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

    Spring Cleaning in Style

    How to Maintain a Clean Orderly Home without Going Insane

    *If you sign up for my email list, you get the PDF with 13 tried and tested Non-Toxic cleaning recipes and tips.

     
    Have fun mixing up your own cleaners, and remember Cleaning Is A Joy!
     

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