Posted on June 08, 2020 by Chad Pegura | 37 comments
Everyone wants their entire house to be clean and germ-free. But cleaning can be burdensome as disinfectants are toxic and can be harsh on the skin. That’s why a lot of moms out there are looking for alternatives to store-bought disinfectants.
If you also want a clean, germ-free home without using harmful chemicals, then it’s time to switch to homemade disinfecting cleaning spray. This disinfectant spray utilizes the strong antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties of certain essential oils. It’s all-natural, non-toxic, fragrant, and, most importantly, very easy to make.
Essential oils are extracted from plants. They have distinct scents that can be combined to create new, unique aromas. This is their most popular property, which is why a lot of people love aromatherapy. However, their scent is not the only thing essential oils have to offer. Essential oils also have a variety of properties that make them useful for various aspects of life. Certain essential oils have the ability to reduce anxiety, and others can help alleviate pain. You can get the benefits of essential oils through aromatherapy. Alternatively, you can create products such as a homemade disinfectant cleaning spray.
If you want to get the full potential of essential oils through aromatherapy, the nebulizing diffuser is the product for you. It does not use water or heat, so essential oils are dispersed without being diluted or chemically altered.
There are numerous essential oils that have strong antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. However, for this disinfectant cleaning spray, we will use the following:
These 4 essential oils are known for their antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. They are excellent, natural disinfectants. Plus, their fragrances combine well together.
If you prefer a different essential oil, you can go for a substitute as long as you make sure that it has disinfectant properties. For your essential oil disinfectant spray to be effective, make sure to buy only high-quality, pure essential oils.
The key to creating an effective disinfectant spray is to use at least 70% alcohol. You have two options: isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) and ethanol (or an alcoholic drink). Read on to learn how to determine if your alcohol of choice is suitable for your homemade disinfectant.
For isopropyl alcohol, make sure that it is at least 70% alcohol. If you can find a higher solution, like 91% or 99%, that is even better.
For ethanol, look for either vodka or grain alcohol. Look at the label and make sure it says 140 proof or higher. An example is Everclear, which has 192 proof—this would be a good choice for your disinfectant.
This recipe requires a minimal amount (.5%) of hydrogen peroxide. This is necessary to make the disinfectant effective against viruses as well.
Choose a glass spray bottle to store this disinfectant spray. Essential oils are too potent for plastics and can erode them over time. For this recipe, a 16 oz bottle will do.
Always label your disinfectant sprays for safety purposes.
Isn’t that easy?
As mentioned earlier, this essential oil disinfecting spray can be used for various purposes. These include the following:
This homemade disinfectant spray is made with strong essential oils. Here are the benefits of using essential oils as disinfectants:
Essential oils are all-natural, non-toxic disinfectants. You can disinfect your house safely with them.
Essential oils smell wonderful. You can even customize the scent of your disinfectant depending on your preferences. Just make sure to use essential oils with antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties.
You can use this disinfectant cleaning spray on any surface at home, including carpets. You won’t need to buy different products for different materials.
Aside from the lack of toxic chemicals in this DIY disinfectant spray, the process of making one involves little to no trash. You can even reuse the bottle when you create a new batch.
In the long term, creating your own disinfectant spray will save you more money than if you buy commercial disinfectants.