Homemade “Lysol” Disinfecting Cleaning Spray

Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray.

It’s an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew.

And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent.

 

Before discovering essential oils years ago, I used to clean, disinfect, and deodorize my home with harsh, toxic chemicals like Lysol and bleach.  But every time I’d use them I’d get a headache.  Headache or not, I used to think that using those harsh chemicals was the only way to get my bathroom and kitchen really clean.  So I suffered on.

Thankfully, now I know better.

I can get my home clean, disinfected, deodorized, and mold-free naturally.  No headaches needed.  No toxins needed.  No chemical smells needed.

 

Looking for how to make homemade Lysol or Clorox wipes?  Find my recipe for DIY disinfecting wipes here

 

natural DIY cleaning and disinfecting spray made with essential oils-- it's the easy way to sanitize and disinfect door knobs, countertops, light switches, toilets, sinks, and more. plus there's a great list of disinfecting essential oils that are antimicrobial, anti-viral, antibacterial, and more. {DIY essential oil recipe, doTERRA, Young Living, Plant Therapy}

 

 

There are so many reasons why I love this homemade disinfecting spray more than Lysol and bleach

  • natural
  • non-toxic
  • powerful cleaner & disinfectant
  • eliminates stinky odors
  • fights mold & mildew
  • shines countertops, faucets, and doorknobs
  • fresh & clean scent that smells great!
  • easy to make – I can whip up a batch in about a minute with just a couple ingredients

 

 

Which essential oils have disinfecting properties?

Even after years of using essential oils, it still amazes me all that they can do.  The essential oils listed below are just some of the many essential oils that have disinfecting properties like being antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifugal, antiseptic, and deodorizing.

  1. tea tree
  2. lavender
  3. geranium
  4. lemon
  5. orange
  6. eucalyptus
  7. rosemary
  8. cinnamon
  9. clove
  10. thyme
  11. peppermint

 

 

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Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray. It's an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew. And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #naturalLysol #homemadeLysol #disinfectingspray #essentialoilsprays #easyDIY

 

 

I use this disinfecting spray all over my home.

It’s great on hard surfaces (like countertops and doorknobs), but it also works great as a fabric refresher (aka “Febreeze”).

Here are just some of the places I use it:

  • door handles
  • light switches
  • toilet handles
  • faucets
  • countertops
  • trashcans
  • remote controls
  • furniture- sofas, chairs, and throw pillows (especially great after someone in family ahs been sick)
  • stinky shoes and athletic gear
  • mattress
  • carpet & rugs

 

 

Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray. It's an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew. And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #naturalLysol #homemadeLysol #disinfectingspray #essentialoilsprays #easyDIY

 

 

Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray. It's an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew. And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #naturalLysol #homemadeLysol #disinfectingspray #essentialoilsprays #easyDIY

 

 

How to make essential oil disinfectant spray

step 1:  fill a 16 oz glass spray bottle most of the way full with high-proof alcohol

 

According to the CDC, you want to use an alcohol that is at least 70% alcohol to disinfect surfaces.

You can use either ethanol (that’s what in the alcohol that you drink) or isopropyl alcohol (that’s what’s commonly called rubbing alcohol).  Both ethanol and isopropyl alcohol are effective disinfectants.

The key is to use a product that is at least 70% alcohol.

 

Here are just some of the alcohols that you can use to properly disinfect surfaces for viruses and other germs:

 

  1. 70%+ ethanol products — Look for 140 proof or higher drinkable grain alcohols.  You’ll find these in the grain-alcohol (ie vodka) section of your local liquor store.
    • Everclear (190 proof, 92.4% ethanol)
    • Spirytus vodka (note: While most vodka sold in the United States is only 80 proof or 40% alcohol, Spirytus vodka is 192 proof, 96% alcohol.  When using vodka in this homemade “Lysol” disinfecting spray make sure that you choose a vodka that is at least 140 proof)
    • Golden Grain (190 proof, 95% alcohol)

 

  1. 70%+ isopropyl alcohol – You’ll find these in the pharmaceutical section of your local Walmart, Target, or drug store.  Look for bottles labeled isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol.
    • 70% rubbing alcohol
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • 99% rubbing alcohol

 

Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray. It's an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew. And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #naturalLysol #homemadeLysol #disinfectingspray #essentialoilsprays #easyDIY

 

 

step 2:  add 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

A study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection suggested that viruses could be “efficiently inactivated” with disinfectants that contain alcohol and .5% hydrogen peroxide.

 

step 3:  add the following essential oils

30 drops tea tree essential oil

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Not only do these essential oils have natural disinfecting properties, the combination of these essential oils smells incredible!

BONUS– these essential oils also eliminate stinky odors, fight mold & mildew, and are antimicrobial.

 

Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray. It's an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew. And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #naturalLysol #homemadeLysol #disinfectingspray #essentialoilsprays #easyDIY

 

 

step 4:  put on spray top and shake to mix well

 

step 5:  add a label (click here to get a free printable of my label + printable recipe)

 

Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray. It's an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew. And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #naturalLysol #homemadeLysol #disinfectingspray #essentialoilsprays #easyDIY

 

 

Here’s the essential oil disinfecting spray recipe one more time

1. fill a 16 oz glass spray bottle most of the way full with alcohol that is 140 proof or greater (70%+ alcohol) such as Everclear or rubbing alcohol

2.  add 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

3. add the following essential oils

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

4. put on spray top and shake to mix well

5. add a label
(click here to get a free printable of my label + printable recipe)

 

 

How to use essential oil disinfecting spray

 

To Disinfect:

  • pre-clean surface
  • shake spray bottle each time before use
  • spray directly on counter, faucets, doorknobs, etc.  However, for remote controls, light switches and other electrical items, spray disinfectant onto cloth first and then wipe item with cloth
  • leave surface wet for a few minutes and allow to air dry

 

To Control and Prevent Mold & Mildew:

  • shake spray bottle each time before use
  • apply to pre-cleaned surface (such as tile grout, shower wall, sink, etc)
  • spray enough so that surface stays wet for at least 3 minutes
  • let air dry
  • use once a week or when mold and mildew growth appears

 

To Deodorize:

  • shake spray bottle each time before use
  • spray on surfaces as needed
  • I spray in stinky shoes and on athletic equipment, and then allow to air dry overnight
  • I spray in and around trashcans

To Spot Sanitize, Deodorize & Refresh Fabrics (aka Febreeze):

  • shake spray bottle each time before use
  • spot test on fabric in an inconspicuous spot
  • spray until fabric is slightly damp, but not overly wet
  • fabric should remain wet for 30 seconds.
  • let air dry
  • for difficult odors, reapply

 

 

Disinfecting Wipes

Want another way to easily disinfect your home?

Find my recipe for homemade Lysol and Clorox wipes here.

They’re easy to make and super convenient to both around my home as well as portable to take with me to disinfect shopping carts, restaurant tables, and more.

 

 

here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

Streak-Free Window & Mirror Glass Cleaner

How to Make Natural Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

Homemade Dish Soap with Essential Oils

DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner with Essential Oils

8 DIY Recipes for Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil

Homemade Poo-Pourri (No.2 “Before You Go” Toilet Spray)

 

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Clean your home and freshen it at the same time with this natural essential oil disinfectant cleaning spray. It's an all-natural, non-toxic powerful cleaner that disinfects, sanitizes, deodorizes, and even kills mold & mildew. And it does all of this with a great, fresh clean scent. essential oil recipe, essential oil DIY, essential oil spray, essential oil cleaning, natural cleaning, doTERRA, Young Living

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A little thing about me: I 💙 essential oils. I also love using my background in research to help people learn more about essential oils and all the wonderful ways they can be used. I share DIY recipes for natural cleaners that really work, non-toxic beauty solutions, and holistic wellness. My essential oil recipes, info, and tips have been viewed more than 20 million times. I've been featured on MindBodyGreen, Health & Natural Living, All Natural Ideas, This Natural Home, Natural Living Ideas, and Passion for Savings.