DIY Disinfecting Spray Cleaner

Can natural ingredients really kill germs?  You bet! Here’s a great recipe for a safe and effective disinfecting spray cleaner.  It smells fresh and clean and it will get rid of germs in a hurry!

Gather the  ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties – you can substitute rubbing alcohol, but it will have a more medicinal scent)
  • 15 drops essential oil – peppermint + lemon OR lavender + lemon are great in this recipe
  • glass spray bottle 

Please note: Vinegar should not be used on granite or marble because the acid may etch the surface.  Here’s my favorite granite and marble spray recipe.

Once you’ve mixed up your disinfecting spray you can spray away.  I like to spray all surfaces thoroughly, let it sit for about 10 minutes (to kill germs), and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  In the bathroom it’s important to avoid any cross-contamination so I wipe in this order with separate cloths – mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet.  Go to this post for my 15 minute bathroom cleaning strategy.  If you’re using this spray in the kitchen, the same rules apply for cross-contamination – use separate cloths for separate areas.  No rinsing is required with this recipe.

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you money and better than that, it’s so much better for you and your family!  Go here to see more posts with my favorite DIY cleaning recipes.


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