DIY Disinfecting Aromatic Vodka Spray Cleaner

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What else can you do with vodka besides mixing a bang-up martini? Use it for green cleaning your countertops, faucets, bathroom tile, and mirrors. With its high alcohol content, vodka kills mold and mildew and disinfects well. Plus, it’s fantastic for shining fixtures. Surprisingly, it can also be used in your laundry.

The smell of vodka dissipates quickly, and when you add natural essential oils, which have antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, a fresh scent lingers.

Essential oils even provide some health benefits while you clean. For example, lavender calms the nervous system. Because they come directly from plants, essential oils are environmentally friendly and biodegradable, which makes them friendly for the earth and you.

Give this all-purpose “cleaning cocktail” a try the next time you clean your home. No need for the expensive vodka—the cheap variety works just fine. 

Ingredients and Equipment

  • 4 ounces of water
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 12 to 24 drops of essential oil
  • Measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Spray bottle

How to Make Vodka Cleaner

This recipe makes 8 ounces. Multiply the ingredient amounts as needed to fill your spray bottle.

  1. Choose one or a combination of essential oils. 
  2. Using a measuring cup and funnel, which are great tools to have for making your own products; pour the vodka and the water into a spray bottle.
  3. Add the essential oils directly to the spray bottle.
  4. Shake the bottle to incorporate the essential oils.
  5. Label the bottle and store it out of direct sunlight or heat, which can change the chemical components in the essential oils.

To use the vodka cleaner, spray any area that needs to be cleaned and then wipe it off. For tougher cleaning jobs, like dirty grout, use a toothbrush or scrub brush with the vodka cleaner and rinse well.

About Choosing Essential Oils

Depending on your mood, you may try different combinations of essential oils to use in your green cleaning. Here are some ideas:

  • Lavender with tea tree: Relax and clean away with this disinfecting combo
  • Lavender and orange: Lift your spirits
  • Lavender and peppermint: Get pepped up for cleaning
  • Lemon: Brighten your mood

Other essential oils to try include bergamot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lime, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.

Caution: It is important to use essential oils safely. If you get essential oils in your eyes, flush with water for 10 to 15 minutes. Consult a doctor if irritation persists. If you get essential oils on your skin, wash with warm soapy water. The exception is lavender, which doesn't harm the skin; it is often used directly on the skin to treat burns and insect bites.

Tips for Using Vodka Cleaning Spray

  • When disinfecting or trying to kill mold, leave the spray on for a few minutes to let the alcohol do its job.
  • After showering, spray this cleaner on the tile to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Use it on doorknobs, light switches, and other areas for quick eco-friendly disinfecting.
  • Spray a little into the air as a natural room deodorizer.
  • Buff mirrors and fixtures dry with a soft, eco-friendly cloth.