Non-Toxic Essential Oil Disinfectant 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

get a free printable of this chart here

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

How to make essential oil disinfectant spray

step 1:  fill a 16 oz glass spray bottle most of the way full with vodka

Vodka, like most alcohol, is a natural disinfectant.  No need for expensive vodka; the super cheap stuff works great and it has almost no scent.

If you don’t want to use vodka, you can substitute with rubbing alcohol.  That will have similar disinfecting properties; however, it does have a much stronger medicinal smell than vodka.

Or you can substitute water for the vodka, but you will loose the disinfecting strength of the alcohol.  When using water in homemade recipes, to help prolong the shelf life of the DIY item, use either distilled water or filtered water that you’ve boiled and cooled.

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.

 

step 2:  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.

 

step 3:  put on spray top and shake to mix well

step 4:  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.

 

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 vodka

2. 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

3. put on spray top and shake to mix well

4. 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

 

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.

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By | 2017-10-06T09:57:52+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Essential Oils|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Sherrie October 6, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Substitute for vodka? I don’t buy alcohols

    • Sarah Lewis October 12, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

      You can use rubbing alcohol or distilled water instead. There’s a little more information about both of those substitutes in step 1 of the recipe.

  2. Debra Lambrecht October 7, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

    i was able to print the Homemade Disinfecting cleaning spray, but never seen your label. How can i get your label?
    Thank you

    • Sarah Lewis October 12, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Thanks, Debra!
      For some reason the original version of the printable didn’t have the 4th page, which is the page with the labels.
      I appreciate you letting me know they were missing. I’ve added the labels in and re-uploaded the printable.
      It should all be good now.
      Thanks again for letting me know.
      Sarah

  3. Connie October 7, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I’m a little confused by the instructions ‘pre clean’, Why would I need to pre clean a surface before cleaning the surface with the DIY disinfectant?

    • Sarah Lewis October 12, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

      It just means to wipe the surface if it’s dirty with things like food crumbs, grease, or dirt. That way the spray can get to the entire surface and disinfect it.

  4. Karen October 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Can this get rid of mold that’s already in the tub (where that rubbery grout is)?

    • Sarah Lewis October 12, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

      yes, it can. Spray enough so the grout is wet and it stays wet for several minutes. Do not wipe off; allow it to dry on the grout.
      If the grout has a lot of mold, I would increase the amount of tea tree (or cut the amount of alcohol). Tea tree is great at killing mold.

  5. Jenniffer Sylvester October 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed the article on oils.

  6. Vickie Meinen October 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Is it really necessary to use a glass bottle? I’m not sure where to find a glass spray bottle.

    • Sarah Lewis October 13, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

      You can use glass, stainless steel, or certain types of plastic spray bottles.
      To know which plastic ones are safe to use with diluted essential oils, look on the bottom of the bottles. If you see a #1 (PET) or #2 (HDPE), then they are safe to use.
      For glass spray bottles, there are lots on Amazon, or you can also reuse glass vinegar bottles (both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar work) or Perrier water bottles. All of those have a standard size bottle neck that fits regular sprayers. You can just clean and reuse a sprayer from an old cleaning product that you’re done with.

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