With the children back at school and the cold and flu season going on, disinfecting the house may be in order. Disinfection is different from cleaning because disinfectants kill bacteria so they can not reproduce. Cleaning it almost only moves it over the surface, but it does not actually kill bacteria that may be present.

It is not uncommon for bleach to be used as a disinfectant. However, chlorine can be very dangerous and I do not recommend it. In fact, one of the best reasons to make your own DIY disinfectant spray is that the amount of chemicals found in most standard cleaning products is very high and can be dangerous. 

Check my recipe below to make your own homemade disinfectant spray, which includes two antibacterial essential oils. This recipe is easy and can leave your home fresh and free of bacteria.

DIY Disinfectant

Ingredients

Makes 16 ounces

  • 2/3 cup high-proof vodka
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 30–40 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 30–40 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 16-ounce spray bottle
Directions:
  1. Pour all ingredients into a clean 16-ounce spray bottle.
  2. Place the cap tightly on the bottle and shake well.
  3. Shake well before each use.

Instructions

Be sure to use a clean spray bottle. You should not have bleach or other product residues. A new bottle may be the best option, but independently, just make sure it is clean. Pour the vodka, vinegar and water into the bottle. Vodka is a great disinfectant. Just use cheap things. While vodka does not kill bacteria, it helps clean surfaces and works to eliminate odors. Vinegar is the next and is a great option, as it can help to remove dirt and grime. Then, add the distilled water. Using distilled water is important because it does not contain bacteria.

Now, let’s add the essential oils. But what essential oils are good for disinfecting? Tea tree essential oil is my favorite, as it is antibacterial. Tea tree oil has shown effective wound healing properties due to its ability to fight infections that can be caused by bacteria. That is why it is a great option for your DIY disinfectant spray. 

Lemongrass is known for its antibacterial qualities as well. Studies have shown that it is effective in the fight against skin infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). This makes it a good option to get rid of the bacteria that may be living on your kitchen countertops as well. 

Now that everything has been placed in the bottle, simply screw the lid and shake well. It is important to clean the area first (you can even try to make my home domestic cleaner) to remove any visible waste particles. Next, rinse the area and dry it. Then apply the homemade disinfectant spray. Shake well before each use.

Directions:
  1. Pour all ingredients into a clean 16-ounce spray bottle.
  2. Place the cap tightly on the bottle and shake well.
  3. Shake well before each use.

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