If you’ve been shopping recently, you will have noticed that certain items are very hard to find. Yes, toilet paper and meat top the list, but bleach and cleaning supplies are also flying off the shelves. COVID-19 germs are said to linger on surfaces (up to 5 days on certain materials!), and anyone trying to avoid the coronavirus is keeping their hands and their homes decidedly germ-free.
If you’re having trouble finding traditional cleaners or you prefer a more natural approach free of chemicals, there’s no reason you can’t make your own highly effective formula at home.
This DIY disinfectant spray is incredibly easy to make, safe to use on all surfaces, and requires very few ingredients.
A Few Quick Notes
Hydrogen peroxide is also widely known to be a disinfectant when used straight from the bottle; but when using as a disinfectant, be sure to never mix it with anything, especially vinegar.
Peroxide and vinegar when used separately are successful cleaning products, but when combined in the same bottle can create an acid that irritates the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
Peroxide can also bleach colored fabrics, so be mindful where you are using it in your home.
This recipe does call for distilled white vinegar, which is not suggested for use on marble, granite, or other stone surfaces. The vinegar will break down the sealant and dull the stone, eventually leading to etching.
100+ proof vodka is the main ingredient in this formula, and you may be wondering if you can swap for isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) since you have it on hand. In terms of using it as a disinfectant, rubbing alcohol will work, but it can damage painted or varnished surfaces, so first consider where you plan to use it.
What You Will Need
Chances are that you already have everything in your house. All you need to execute this simple recipe is:
- A spray bottle
- 100+ proof vodka
- Distilled white vinegar
- Tea tree or Lavender essential oil
How to Make Disinfectant Spray
1. First, add 1-½ cups of vodka to your spray bottle.
2. Then add 50-60 drops of essential oils to the vodka, and shake well.
3. Your last step is to add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar (OR more vodka if you will be using on stone surfaces), and to shake well again.
Voila! Your homemade disinfecting spray is ready for use throughout your home, free of harmful chemicals and harsh manufactured fragrances.
Disinfecting Does Not Replace Cleaning
A disinfectant spray is a great tool to combat cold & flu season, and especially as we face a worldwide pandemic. But general cleaning practices should be maintained; disinfecting typically refers to a practice that happens AFTER cleaning.
Just as hand soap and water is preferred to hand sanitizer, regularly cleaning the surfaces in your home is preferred to relying on a disinfectant spray.
When disinfecting your home, don’t forget about some of your most-used but often-overlooked surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and buttons on appliances.
When returning from work or a shopping trip, take your spray outside and clean your car’s door handles (interior and exterior), shifter, steering wheel, and knobs/buttons you frequently use (including garage door openers).