Make It Monday: Homemade Disinfectant Spray

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     I finally got around to making some homemade disinfectant spray. I can’t stand the chemical smell of commercial disinfectant spray–it makes me gag. But you need to have a good disinfectant around the house–especially after illness. So I finally made my own “green” disinfectant. 
     It is really quite simple to make. Simply add 2 cups water to a spray bottle, add 4 TBSP distilled vinegar and 5 drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oils. Tea tree and lavendar oils both contain antimicrobial properties that discourage mold and disinfect most surfaces.
     This is a safe, non-toxic cleaner, but like any cleaners, it should be placed out of reach of children. Also, it is best to avoid use on glass or natural stone surfaces, as the oils may damage them. 
     If you do not have any essential oils, the Eden’s Garden Basic Sampler is a very good starter kit, containing both tea tree and lavender and a few other oils commonly used in homemade cleaning and personal care products.It is approx. $20, but that is a reasonable price for 6 bottles of essential oils, IMO. 
     Do you make any of your own cleaning products?


  1. I love my tea tree and lavender! Thanks for linking up at Natural Living Monday!
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  2. Sweta Sonulkar says

    I surely will follow and try this spray method

  3. Marcia Lee says

    We found out the hard way this winter that a disinfectant spay is a necessity.
    My husband had a cold and was better except the cough was hanging on. I got a cold, I think from another source and I too have a cough that has not gone away. Then my husband got sick all over again. I am going to try this recipe,but I don’t like the smell of Tea Tree. I will try it and add more lavender if necessary.

    • An Ordinary Housewife says

      I don’t love the smell of tea tree either, but it does have some great anti-bacterial properties.

  4. I recently made carpet cleaner after one of my daughters “accidents”. It worked great.
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  5. I need to invest in some essential oils. Everyone has been raving about how versatile they are!
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  6. Great recipe, I haven’t purchased a chemical cleaning product in years. The disinfectant I use is very similar to yours.

    • An Ordinary Housewife says

      I originally had a bit of castile soap in it, but I read somewhere (maybe the Dr. Bronner’s website?) that mixing castile soap and vinegar causes streaking. So I took it out. 🙂


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