Keep Your Home Germ-Free With Homemade Essential Oil Disinfectant

Updated on April 12, 2023 by Joseph D. Nielson

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You know that chemical-based disinfectants are effective at killing germs, but you’d rather not use them because of their hazardous ingredients. That is why it is time to make your own homemade disinfectant spray with essential oils. 

Essential oils, due to their natural properties, provide an effective and safe way to keep your home germ-free without exposing yourself or your family to harmful chemicals.

In this Fresh Home Guide article, we will show you how to make your own safe, natural, and effective germ killer. Keep reading to find out how to make your own essential oil-based disinfectant spray!

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are incredibly powerful and offer a wide range of benefits for health, wellness, and cleaning. They can be used to fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold, dust mites, and more. 

Essential oils are also known for their calming effects and soothing aromas which provides an added benefit when using them to make homemade disinfectant sprays. Essential oils are generally safe to use around children and pets, making them a great alternative to chemical-based disinfectants. Furthermore, they’re affordable and can be reused multiple times, unlike many commercial cleaners.

Because essential oils come in a variety of scents, you can create your own unique blend of germ-killing power and pleasant aroma. With the right essential oil blend, you can create a natural disinfectant spray that is both effective at killing germs and pleasant to be around.

Steps to Making a Homemade Disinfectant Spray Using Essential Oils

1. Gather all the Necessary Supplies and Ingredients

This includes a spray bottle, distilled water, rubbing alcohol (or vodka), witch hazel, and various essential oils of your choice. Essential oils such as tea tree oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, and clove oil are all known for their germ-fighting properties and can be used to create a powerful homemade disinfectant spray.

2. Combine the Liquid Ingredients

Once you have all the supplies and ingredients ready, it’s time to begin creating your homemade disinfectant spray. Start by filling a spray bottle with ¼ cup of distilled water and ½ cup of rubbing alcohol (or vodka). Then add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel. This combination creates a base that can be used to hold the essential oils in place.

3. Add Essential Oils and Shake Well

Now it’s time to add the essential oils. Depending on what type of germs you want to fight, the amount of essential oil you use will vary. Generally speaking, 10-15 drops per 8 ounces of liquid should be enough to create an effective germ-fighting spray. Add the essential oils to the liquid and then shake well to ensure everything is mixed together properly.

4. Label the Bottle

Finally, make sure you label the bottle so that you know what’s inside. Include all of the ingredients used as well as any warnings or precautions that should be taken when using the disinfectant spray.

5. Using Your Disinfectant Spray

Your homemade essential oil disinfectant spray is now ready to use. Use it just like you would any other commercial cleaner, spraying it directly onto surfaces and wiping away with a clean cloth or paper towel.  

To ensure maximum efficacy, be sure to use the disinfectant spray on a regular basis, especially in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, door handles, and other surfaces that are touched often.

Essential Oil Safety Recommendation

Some individuals may be sensitive to certain types of essential oils so it’s always best to consult your doctor or medical professional before using any essential oils.

Final Thoughts

Making a homemade essential oil disinfectant spray is a great way to protect your home from germs without the use of harsh chemicals. The powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of essential oils make them an effective and safe choice for fighting germs. And best of all, essential oils are affordable and can be reused multiple times while still providing the same germ-fighting power.

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Q: What essential oils are best for making a disinfectant spray?

A: While any type of essential oil can be used, some of the most popular ingredients include tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, clove bud, and lemon. These oils have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that make them especially effective for fighting germs.

Q: How often should I use my homemade disinfectant spray?

A: It’s important to use your homemade disinfectant spray on a regular basis in order to ensure maximum efficacy. Focus on high-traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces. Additionally, consider wiping down these surfaces with a clean cloth or paper towel after using the spray.

Q: Is it safe to use essential oils around children and pets?

A: While essential oils can be effective for fighting germs, they should always be used in moderation and kept away from children and pets. Always consult your doctor or medical professional before using any essential oils, as some individuals may be sensitive to certain types. Additionally, consider diluting the essential oils further if you’re spraying them directly onto fabrics that may come into contact with children or pets.

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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!