Make this natural disinfectant spray with just two simple, inexpensive ingredients! Two ways to make it!
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.
Today, I’m sharing my go-to homemade disinfectant spray. It’s so easy and inexpensive to make.
Once you read all the ways you can use this cleaner – you will say that too.
It’s just two simple ingredients! And there are basically two ways to make this – woot!
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. Times such as, after cooking with raw meats, after an illness, after pet accidents and even after hosting guests in your home.
My homemade version uses two ingredients – Rubbing Alcohol (or Vodka) 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.
However, when I first started making this spray, there was so much conflicting information on the internet about what to use and this vs. that.
So, I decided to go to my favorite source for all my chemical questions – my Dad (he has his Master’s in Biochemistry). Basically, he confirmed what I was already thinking. That ethanol alcohol (like Vodka), will kill germs, especially at higher proofs (aka a higher percentage of alcohol).
Natural Disinfectant Spray Recipe
- Rubbing Alcohol (70%) or 100 Proof Vodka
Combine one part rubbing alcohol (or Vodka) and one part water in a spray bottle. Shake and use with a lint-free cleaning cloth. Make sure to label your bottle for future uses.
Fun Facts about Disinfecting (yay lucky you) :
- 80 proof Vodka is 40% alcohol, while 100 proof Vodka is 50% or more alcohol.
- Hand Sanitizers usually contain 60% alcohol.
- Rubbing Alcohol (also known as Isopropyl Alcohol) contains between 60% and 90% alcohol, typically. 70% is the sweet spot.
- To kill the most germs, viruses, and bacteria, you need at least 50% alcohol. But 80 Proof Vodka will still take care of mildew for ya!
Why I love using Alcohol as a Cleaner
I’m talking about Vodka and Rubbing Alcohol here …
- It dissolves dirt and oil.
- It doesn’t have a strong odor and the odor dissipates quickly.
- It disinfects (see above).
- It dries almost instantly and is streak-free.
- It’s pretty cheap!
Can I add Essential Oils to this Disinfectant Spray?
Sure! Go for it! I don’t just because I’d rather save my essential oils for candles, room sprays, and my diffuser. Plus, as I said earlier – I keep my cleaning routine and supplies as simple as possible.
With that said – you can certainly add your favorite essential oils. Tea Tree oil is a great one to add since it’s antibacterial.
I’ll also add that you may want to use a glass spray bottle since essential oils can break down in plastic.
Vodka versus Rubbing Alcohol for Cleaning
After reading this, you may be wondering, what is better to use for disinfecting?
Actually, both higher proof Vodka and Rubbing Alcohol are pretty darn effective at germ busting. If you can’t stand using Vodka to clean – use Rubbing Alcohol. If you don’t like the smell of Rubbing Alcohol – use Vodka.
What about Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide?
Vinegar is effective at germ busting also (at 5% acetic acid concentration). But it stinks! Right!? My husband can’t stand the smell. It can also damage some natural stone surfaces, like granite and marble.
And yep – peroxide will also kill germs. But it can bleach! So it’s best to save this one for other uses in my opinion.
For instance, we have a white fabric shower liner that can get kind of gross (TMI?) – peroxide is great at making this liner look brand new again! I simply hand wash and soak the liner in a mixture of peroxide, water, and mild dish soap. Then launder as normal.
Comes out sparkling clean!
How to Use this Homemade Disinfectant Spray
Ok, Karen – don’t I just spray and wipe?
Yes, you do!
But I’ve found this spray to work its magic with more than several things and I’m sharing it with you here.
I keep one under each bathroom sink. When it’s time to clean the bathroom, I can pretty much use this solution for most things! Like the shower, toilet seat, sink and mirror area. (Not in that order, obviously LOL).
Use this spray with a lint-free microfiber cloth (these cleaning cloths are the best!)
Why this is a MAGIC DIY disinfectant cleaner…
- Can also shine up Stainless Steel
- Works as a streak-free mirror cleaner (use with a lint-free cloth.)
- Leaves Chrome Fixtures and Sinks Sparkling Clean.
- For more germ-killing power, spray this on surfaces and allow it to sit for 10 minutes or so before wiping up.
- Cleans and prevents Mold and Mildew in the shower.
- Disinfects doorknobs and light switches after illness and company
- Removes sticker residue (yep – like your own homemade goo gone!)
- Kills ants!
- One part Vodka/one part water + your favorite essential oil in a glass spray bottle works as a fantastic room and linen spray.
Check out More Natural Cleaning Tips Here …
So you don’t need to buy a disinfectant full of nasty chemicals! Make yourself a spray bottle of this and you’ll be all set. Make sure you label your Spray Bottle for future uses.