I’m not big on sanitizing everything all the time, but some situations call for the big guns. It’s convenient, quick, and combines powerful essential oils with proven recommended disinfectants like hydrogen peroxide. Let’s learn How to Make Your Own Natural Disinfectant Spray!
Why I Use Natural Cleaners in My Home
- Peace of mind. I want to know exactly what the ingredients are that I use in my home. This room spray consists of basic items that are safe for every member of the family. Say good-bye to those long lists of ingredients that no one knows how to pronounce (much less know what they are).
- Toxicity. Conventional products contain some extremely harsh chemicals. The kinds that you don’t want your children messing with. If our children shouldn’t touch them…why is it “OK” to spray them all over the surfaces of the home?
- Cost. This spray costs so much less to make than purchasing a cleaner from the grocery store.
How to Make Your Own Natural Disinfectant Spray
- Hydrogen peroxide may not disinfect properly if the area has dirt and dust on it. Any organic matter will degrade the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide. Any such matter must first be cleaned off before using this disinfectant spray on the surface.
- 16 oz glass spray bottle
- ⅓ cup + 1 tsp 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 13 oz distilled water
Choose one of the following essential oil options:
- 12-36 drops thyme essential oil
- 1 tsp orange essential oil OR lemon essential oil
- ½ tsp clove essential oil
- 1 tsp tea tree essential oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon essential oil
- In a 16-ounce glass spray bottle, add the desired essential oils.
- Add the hydrogen peroxide and distilled water. Regular tap water will quickly grow bacteria.
- Close the top and lightly shake to mix.
How to Use This Disinfectant Spray
- Shake well and spray on surfaces to disinfect. Make sure there’s no dirt, dust, or debris on the surface before using.
- Wait 1-10 minutes before wiping off.
- Use on door knobs, faucets, light switches, and other often used surfaces.
The Function of Each Ingredient
Glass Spray Bottle:
Essential oils are strong enough to eat away at plastic, so a glass bottle is a better option for storing this spray.
Water acts as a diluent in natural cleaners.
There are a few functions of essential oils in cleaners: fragrance, antibacterial, and cleansing properties.
This unassuming cleaner is hiding out in bathroom cabinets across the nation. Unlike alcohol, we only need a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to disinfect.
Peroxide attacks pathogens and is one of the few natural EPA-approved disinfectants. This cleaner also works against rhinoviruses, flu, and viruses that cause the common cold.
Hydrogen peroxide may not disinfect properly if the area has dirt and dust on it. Any organic matter will degrade the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide. Any such matter must first be cleaned off before using this disinfectant spray on the surface.
- Oregano essential oil – antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial.
- Clove essential oil – antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and disrupts the viral envelope
- Thyme essential oil (thymol chemotype) – kills some viruses.
- Tea tree essential oil – antiviral against flu viruses, including H1N1. Antibacterial, including MRSA and other pathogens.
- Orange essential oil – broad spectrum antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal
- Red mandarin essential oil – antibacterial and antifungal
- Lemon essential oil – antibacterial and antifungal
Some essential oils, such as orange, lime, lemon, bergamot, and grapefruit can uplift the mood. Killing harmful pathogens while we reduce stress and anxiety? Score.
If you make this project and love how it turned out, feel free to come back and comment about your experience. I’d love to see your creation and how you used it!
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