15 Best DIY Disinfectants

DIY disinfectant supplies

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Making your own DIY disinfectant is a great place to start if you'd like to use more natural cleaning products when you're cleaning your home. A disinfectant will help you conquer those germs and keep your family happy and healthy, especially when used with other natural health products like homemade hand sanitizer.

For a household cleaner to disinfect, you'll need to have at least one active ingredient. This can include vinegar, rubbing alcohol, grain alcohol, or bleach. Using one of these ingredients will make sure that you're really getting rid of all those germs. Other ingredients are added in a lot of these recipes to enhance the cleaning power and make it smell great.

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The Merrythought

Homemade Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

The Merrythought has a recipe for an all-purpose cleaning spray that uses just three ingredients. There's also a list of suggestions for essential oils that would smell great in it.

All-Natural Disinfecting Wipes

These all-purpose disinfecting wipes give you all the convenience of a cleaning wipe without any of the harsh chemicals. You'll use paper towels as the wipe and then soak them in a mixture of ingredients that will get your house clean.

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Live Simply

Homemade Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray

Here's a very simple recipe from Live Simply for a multi-purpose disinfectant spray that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. It uses two ingredients as a base and then a few more ingredients are added to finish it off.

Natural Disinfectant Spray

This homemade cleaner is a Lysol knock-off but with more natural ingredients. It uses Vodka and water for the base and then a blend of essential oils.

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Mom 4 Real

Bathroom Cleaner Disinfectant Spray

This beautiful tutorial from Mom 4 Real will show you how to make a natural disinfectant spray that's meant to be used in the bathroom. There are also some free printable cleaning labels included so you can make your bottle look as good as it smells.

DIY Natural All-Purpose Disinfecting Spray

This natural disinfecting spray from Mama Instincts has two active cleaning ingredients plus a simple mix of essential oils that are going to make it smell great.

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The Organised Housewife

Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

This tutorial shows you how to use microfiber cloths to make antibacterial wipes that you can use again and again. The cloths are soaked in a mixture of vinegar, detergent, and some essential oils.

Lemon Infused Disinfectant Spray Cleaner

To make this DIY disinfectant spray, you'll need about 3-6 weeks of time before you can use it so the lemons have time to really infuse the cleaner. There's also a free, printable label included that you can put on your spray bottle.

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Clean Mama

DIY Disinfecting Spray Cleaner

Clean Mama has a recipe for disinfecting spray cleaner that is made up of vinegar, alcohol, and essential oils. Besides the written recipe, there's also a video that will teach you how to make it.

Homemade Cleaner with Essential Oils

This homemade cleaner is super simple to make. It starts with one active ingredient and then essential oils are added as a finishing touch.

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My Merry Messy Life

Natural Disinfecting Spray Recipe

Here's a disinfecting spray from My Merry Messy Life that gives you options on what type of active ingredient you want to include and what essential oils you could add. There's also a natural all-purpose cleaner recipe here that uses some other ingredients you may have on hand.

Homemade Lysol

Use rubbing alcohol to make this homemade Lysol that will disinfect your home and keep everything squeaky clean. It's a straight-forward recipe that you can make in minutes.

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Mama Instincts

DIY Natural All-Purpose Disinfecting Spray

This natural disinfecting spray from Mama Instincts has two active cleaning ingredients plus a simple mix of essential oils that are going to make it smell great.

Homemade Disinfectant Spray

This is an all-natural, cost-effective disinfectant spray that uses items you probably already have at home. After making the basic spray, you'll add some essential oils to make it smell wonderful. There are lots of ideas for combinations of oils here to make scents such as "Springtime," "Green Clean," and "Warm and Spicy."

Natural Disinfecting Duo

This DIY disinfecting spray gets right to the point, taking the two most powerful natural cleaners from your kitchen and showing you how to use them to clean all the areas in your home.