Homemade Disinfectant Spray…How to Make Your Own

Homemade Disinfectant Spray

There are many reasons why you should make your own homemade disinfectant spray recipe. The main reason is that when you choose natural homemade cleaners, you can avoid bringing harmful chemicals inside your home.

DIY homemade disinfectant sprays are also incredibly economical and very easy to make.

So let us detoxify our homes and the air we breathe by using all natural ingredients that also make your home squeaky clean!

Why Use Natural Disinfectant Sprays And Cleaners?

Here are top five reasons to use natural disinfectant cleaners and sprays:

1.  Save Money

Many people are on a strict budget and who doesn’t like saving money? Most of us do. With homemade cleaners, you can save tons of money since you can create the recipes in large batches.

This way, you no longer have to head to the store to buy expensive household cleaning products. There are many natural ingredients that can be used to clean, disinfect, sanitize, freshen and protect the home, furniture, upholstery, toys, fabric etc.

Not only will you be saving hundreds of dollars annually on these products; you can even make money by selling these natural cleaners and sprays at local farmer markets and food co-ops.

2.  Reduce the Use of Toxic Chemicals

Have you ever stopped to contemplate just how many chemicals and toxins we inadvertently bring inside our homes?

Think about all the diseases, conditions and illnesses they cause!

From our cookware to our food to our beauty products and household cleaners; chemicals are everywhere. It is high time we take matters in our hands and say no to these chemicals.

3.  Wonderful as Gifts

When you start making your own household cleaner recipes, you can share them with your friends. They will love receiving these homemade cleaners and disinfectant sprays.

And when they find out how wonderful they smell, you will receive tons of compliments for them!

Seriously, there is nothing better than knowing a person devoted time for making an item especially for you!

4.  Good for Mother Earth

We have one planet and it is shocking how much we abuse it. All these unsustainable habits we have used so far can only last so long.

So let us change all that. Let us start using gentle, non-toxic and all-natural cleaners so we can leave the Earth in a better condition for the generations to come.

Using natural homemade disinfectant spray essential oils, baking soda, borax, vinegar etc to create our own natural household cleaners is a huge step in the right direction.

Inspire others to do the same!

5.  Yet More Reasons

  • Prepare for declining economy and possible closure of stores; reduce dependency on stores.
  • Reject consumerist mindset.
  • Reduce the need for packaging materials
  • Inspire others to change
  • Teach children creativity and stewardship
  • Control ingredients that are going in your cleaners and disinfectants

Chemicals Used in Commercial Cleaners...

...And Their Health Effects 



This is found in glass cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, furniture polish and many disinfectants. Breathing ammonia fumes can irritate the eyes, lungs and throat. In extreme cases, this chemical is known to cause blindness.


Bleach is a standard household cleaner which can be seriously dangerous to humans, pets and the environment. When mixed with organic matter, it creates chloroform which is a carcinogen.

Butyl Celosolve

This chemical is found in carpet cleaners, glass and oven cleaners as well as in common stain removers. It is associated with fertility issues, birth defects, as well as serious kidney and liver problems. Butyl celosolve is also a neurotoxin.


This disinfectant is known to cause eye issues, respiratory problems, asthma, pneumonia and dermatitis. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a report in 1987 has already mentioned the possible carcinogenic effect of this harmful chemical.

Hydrofluoric Acid

This dangerous chemical actually eats through gloves and when it comes in contact with skin or eyes; can cause serious allergic reactions and even blindness.

Getting Started With Natural Disinfectant Spray Recipes

homemade disinfectant spray

Before we check out homemade disinfectant spray for toys, fabric, carpets, furniture and other household surfaces, let's see the natural alternatives to chemicals which you can use in these recipes.


You can use distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to clean, deodorize, disinfect, soften fabrics and eliminate stains. Vinegar cuts through grease and is a great stain remover.

Baking Soda

Baking soda deodorizes, whitens, brightens and polishes. Use it for all purpose cleaning.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning, brightening, whitening and polishing. It also deodorizes and removes stains.


Borax is a great multipurpose cleaner. It is useful for cleaning, deodorizing, scouring, disinfecting and removing stains. Note that borax and boric acid are not the same substances.

Castile Soap

Castile soap is a great addition to homemade all natural cleaner recipes. It is readily available, inexpensive and completely non toxic. You can use it to make shampoos, for cleaning cars, windows, countertops, bathroom surfaces, and stovetops etc. Castile soap is a great toy cleaner too. Use it for disinfecting baby toys.

Lemons and Lemon Juice

The citric acid in lemon juice has antibacterial properties. Lemon peels and its juice can also be used for cleaning, deodorizing, disinfecting and removing stains.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural oils derived from plants. Do not confuse them with fragrance oils. Super concentrated, these oils, in their pure forms are expensive because they are highly effective.

As a result, they can be the most valuable components in your homemade disinfectant spray cleaner recipes. Essential oils have anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

They are perfect deodorizers as their strong aromas not only mask household odors but also eliminate the germs that are causing them in the first place. 

Make sure to purchase good quality oils form trustworthy brands. While you can use any essential oils in your cleaning recipes, two of the best essential oils for homemade cleaner sprays are Tea Tree oil and Lemon Oil.

Both these oils have strong smells and are antibacterial and antimicrobial. Take care while handling these oils and do not use them around children and pets.

Carrier Oils

Oils like Coconut oil, Olive oil, Almond oil and Vitamin E oil are great for cleaning and polishing.

Vitamin E oil has preservative properties so you can also add it to improve the shelf life of your homemade disinfectant spray cleaner recipes.

Coconut and Olive oil are particularly great for polishing wooden furniture.


Available everywhere where alcohol is sold, vodka is a great ingredient to make your homemade disinfectant spray cleaner recipe.

The alcohol found in vodka is ethanol which is slightly less toxic compared to other kinds of alcohols like methanol etc.

Vodka is particularly useful for making homemade disinfectant sprays and extracts where you want the base to dry off quickly. It is perfect for cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing surfaces.

Let us now discuss some recipes of homemade disinfectant cleaner spray and extracts.

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Homemade Disinfectant Spray Recipes

Better Than Bleach Herbal Disinfectant

This is a super simple formula that smells great.

  • 2 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup washing soda
  • 20 drops of Thyme or Tea Tree essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a clean spray bottle. Shake well to combine. Spray on dirty surfaces. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

All Purpose Cleaner Recipe with Vinegar

Replace your toxic commercial cleaner with this simple recipe. Use it for kitchen countertops, bathroom surfaces and all other heavy duty cleaning.

  • 1 cup each distilled white vinegar and distilled water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray it on the surfaces you wish to disinfect, sanitize and deodorize.

Citrusy Homemade Disinfectant Spray Recipe

Everyone will love this stimulating lemony scent.

  • 2 cups each distilled water and distilled white vinegar
  • 15-20 drops of Orange and Lemon essential oils each

Mix in a spray bottle and spray as needed. You can also soak cleaning wipes in this solution and use them to wipe surfaces.

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Castile Soap

  • 1 tsp each Borax and Castile soap
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp each Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils
  • 2 cups hot water

Mix all ingredients and store them in a clean spray bottle. Use it to clean bath tubs, sinks, shower stalls, kitchen counters, stove tops, windows, carpets, upholstery etc.

Mold Killer Homemade Disinfectant Spray Tea Tree Oil Recipe

Nothing natural works for mold and mildew like this homemade disinfectant spray recipe.

  •  10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 5 cups distilled water

Combine in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Spray all over moldy areas. You can use this spray recipe to clean must carpets, rugs, bureaus, ceilings and leaky roofs, moldy shower curtains etc. Tea tree oil has a strong smell so a little goes a long way.

Refrigerator Deodorizer Spray Recipe

From time to time, a refrigerator can start to smell, well, not so fresh. Harmful bacteria and mold can cause your refrigerator to stink. Rest assured the following homemade disinfectant and deodorizer recipe will cut the stink!

  • 1 cup each distilled white vinegar and distilled water
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil or Tea Tree essential oil

Combine all ingredients. Add them to a spray bottle and spray all over inside the empty fridge. Wipe clean and allow to dry. Make sure you throw out malodorous items. Put back all the items. Repeat this remedy once in a month or as needed, to keep your fridge smelling fresh.

Toilet Bowl Disinfectant Spray

Try this homemade toilet disinfectant spray which contains Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lemon essential oils. It not only cuts through the grime but also deodorizes and disinfects the toilet.

  • 1 ½ cups distilled water
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

Mix all ingredients and add it to a spray bottle. Spray in the toilet bowl. Allow to sit for 15 minutes then thoroughly brush the bowl. Repeat weekly.

Homemade Disinfectant Toy Spray

Use this recipe for disinfecting baby toys.

  • 1 ½ cup distilled water
  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Mix the two. Spray the solution on baby toys. Wash off with warm water. Repeat daily or once a week. Make sure you keep baby out of the room when using this recipe.

Homemade Carpet and Rug Disinfectant Recipe

Use this recipe in your steam cleaning vacuum cleaner to disinfect the rugs and carpets.

  • ¾ cup very hot water
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp castile soap
  • 30 drops Thyme essential oil

Pour all ingredients into a container with a spout and blend well. Add the formula to the appropriate compartment of your steamer. Use it to clean the carpets and rugs as per manufacturer’s instructions.

Homemade Thieves’ Disinfectant Spray

All those who are familiar with essential oils might have heard about Thieves Disinfectant spray.

Thieves or robbers in the French town of Marseilles used this essential oil blend to protect themselves against the Black Plague of Middle Ages. 

They became immune to the pathogens that caused the plague and could easily invade and loot towns without the fear of contracting the deadly disease.

Thieves oil blend consists of powerful disinfecting essential oils which provide antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal benefits.

You can easily purchase this blend from top Aromatherapy essential oil companies but if you like the DIY approach, here is the simple formula:

Thieves Blend

  • 40 drops of Clove essential oil
  • 35 drops of Lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops of Cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 15 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil

Mix all the oils to create the blend. Store the Thieves Blend in a dark colored glass bottle.

Thieves Disinfectant Spray

  • 8-10 drops of above blend
  • 1 cup distilled water

Mix the water and Thieves oil blend. Shake well to combine and pour it in a spray bottle.

Spray it all around the house to prevent illness.


Why use dangerous chemical cleaners and disinfectants that give off harmful vapors and lead to dangerous health effects?

While ingredients like bleach, formaldehyde and ammonia can kill bacteria and viruses, they also harm humans and pets. Thankfully, there are many natural alternatives to these harmful chemicals that are completely non toxic and safe.

Many ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, essential oils, vinegar, baking soda and Borax are actually known to kill harmful pathogens like Salmonella, Shigella and E.coli along with other microbes.

So go back to nature and use the above homemade disinfectant spray recipe options to keep your home squeaky clean!

About the author

Jill Holiday

Jill Holiday is publisher of Pure Wild OIls, an e-magazine devoted to articles about the benefits of essential oils and related product reviews.

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