Make this DIY multipurpose spray with just two simple, inexpensive ingredients!
DISCLAIMER/IMPORTANT UPDATE: This recipe has not been tested in a lab as to its efficacy. This recipe has NOT been tested on the current virus and I cannot guarantee it kills it. This is something my family and I use around our house. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Since I am not a doctor or disease specialist, I urge you to please consult with your doctor and the CDC website to do your own research about the best ways to protect you and your family.
I’ve learned over the years that the best way to keep a clean house is to keep the cleaning process simple. That includes keeping a simple collection of cleaning supplies.
Most of us have WAY too many products. And this is why I love this homemade cleaner – it does a multitude of cleaning jobs for you.
Today, I’m sharing my go-to homemade disinfectant spray.
- It’s easy to make.
- It’s inexpensive.
- It’s magic!
It’s just two simple ingredients that you might already have at home.
While I don’t believe we always need to be disinfecting everything in our home (exception: always the bathroom), there are certainly times when it’s an absolute must.
These situations probably sound familiar.
- Ever cook with raw meat?
- Have someone sick in your house (including you)?
- Have you had guests over recently?
- Has your pet ever had an “accident” in your house?
My homemade version uses two ingredients – Rubbing Alcohol and Water. That’s it!
I’ve really been cutting down on our usage of chemical-laden commercial cleaners. And that’s what prompted me to make my own natural disinfectant spray.
DIY Disinfectant Spray Recipe – READ ME
Before we get into the fun stuff, a word of caution. Please read this very carefully!
- Rubbing alcohol has an odor. Use this in a well-ventilated area. I open a window while using. I find the smell dissipates quickly. But if you have a very sensitive nose, it might bug you. Just a little.
- DO NOT MIX rubbing alcohol and bleach. Ever. Don’t do it.
- It’s flammable – use with some care and use your best judgment. Don’t use this near your stove or in your oven or toaster.
- Do not drink rubbing alcohol folks.
- LABEL your Spray Bottle immediately. You might think you will remember what’s in there later, but sometimes we don’t. Better to be safe than sorry. Label the bottle right away so you always know what’s inside.
- This cleaner has disinfectant properties. But it will not CLEAN. And there is a difference.
- Rubbing alcohol can be tough on skin. Use plastic gloves to protect your hands.
It’s best to clean first with a cleaning spray or soapy water, then follow up with disinfectant. I like to spray mine and let it sit for a few minutes or more before wiping away.
- 2/3 part Isopropyl Alcohol (at least 70%, higher is better)
- 1/3 part Water or LESS
Combine the ratio of rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Shake and use with a lint-free cleaning cloth. The more you dilute the rubbing alcohol, the less effective it will be.
This recipe shines other things really well too, see below for details. I’ve grown to love using it around my house.
And one more time, make sure to label your bottle for future uses.
Fun Facts about Disinfecting
- Hand Sanitizers usually contain 60% alcohol.
- To kill the most germs, viruses, and bacteria, you need at least 70% alcohol. Higher concentrations are better.
Why this Cleaner is So Magical
Oh let me count the ways …
- It dissolves dirt, oil and sticky messes (like hairspray!)
- It dries streak-free and almost instantly.
- It’s pretty cheap to make.
- It keeps your car windows frost-free. Just spray and magically watch the ice disappear.
- It cleans and shines up Stainless Steel.
- It works as a streak-free mirror cleaner (use with a lint-free cloth.) Truly magical.
- It leaves Chrome Fixtures and Sinks Sparkling Clean.
- It cleans and prevents Mold and Mildew in the shower.
- It cleans a Dry Erase Board. Easily.
- It removes sticker residue (yep – like your own homemade goo gone).
What about Vinegar?
Vinegar is effective at germ busting also (at 5% acetic acid concentration). My husband and kids can’t stand the smell though. It can also damage some natural stone surfaces, like granite and marble. So use with caution.
How to Use this Spray
Use this spray with a lint-free microfiber cloth or a clean, dry paper towel. Crack a window while using – the fumes can be pretty powerful!
Here are some ideas for where to use this cleaner …
- Bathroom: Sinks, Mirrors, Chrome Fixtures, Toilet (including the seat and cover), floors
- Kitchen: Stainless Steel appliances (not in the oven or toaster), sink, chrome fixtures, and countertops
- Doorknobs, handles, cabinet hardware, light switches
- Remote controls
- Soak your sponges and cleaning cloths to disinfect.
- Computer Keyboard and mouses
- Cell Phone and Tablets. Spray a cloth and then wipe tech down nightly with the cloth.
- Dry Erase Boards
- Car windows to keep them frost-free in winter!
Check out More Cleaning Tips Here …
So you don’t need to buy a cleaner full of nasty chemicals! Make yourself a spray bottle of this DIY disinfectant spray and you’ll be all set. And one more time for good measure …
Make sure you label your Spray Bottle for future uses. 🙂