Homemade Disinfecting Spray

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I've been making my own homemade kitchen disinfecting spray for the past six years. I love that it is safe to use around my kids and that it is very cost-effective as well.  Here's how I make mine:

All-Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner

enough vinegar to almost fill the bottle
2-3 tablespoons liquid castile soap

20 drops tea tree oil
(optional) 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (or essential oil of choice)

Put all of your ingredients in a spray bottle. You can use a glass one (I like this one) or you can use an old one from the store that you have thoroughly washed out.

I use this disinfectant spray all the time and love that is safe to use around my family. I use it on tables, high chairs and counters and even to clean our stove top. And, I use this same recipe without the castile soap to clean the bathrooms. Cleaners tend to be expensive and if you want natural ones, they're even more expensive. This is a much better alternative that is also easy on the budget.

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Blossom Barden (NorthLaurel) said...

Thanks for sharing! I love homemade cleaners and such. I use distilled white vinegar for a lot of my disinfecting purposes. And tea tree oil, too.
Thanks again! said...

You're welcome! Yes, vinegar is great and so is tea tree oil. I use the tea tree oil and lavendar when making my son's baby wipes.

Erika@RaisingLeafs said...

I make my own laundry detergent and baby wipes, but I've never made cleaners. Definitely going to make this! Thanks!

EcoCrazyMom said...

Hmmm, I use a similar recipe, but without the alcohol. TTO is antibacterial/antimicrobial on it's own, do you think the alcohol is really necessary? (I am asking in all honesty, not trying to criticize, I could be the one who is wrong). Thanks!


Tara said...

i use castille soap, water, TTO, lavendar EO for a homemade baby wipe solution. i also just use vinegar to clean windows/mirrors. haven't make cleaners yet, but hope to soon. said...

You know, that was a recipe I started using probably 1 1/2 yrs ago when I first started making switches, but recently realized the alcohol probably wasn't necessary (nor good actually?) So I left it out this last time. :) I'm just now reading through Clean Home, Clean Planet. Have you read it?

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