If you liked my previous posts on how to make your own hand sanitizer and how to make DIY disinfectant wipes then you’ll be interested in this tutorial for DIY disinfectant spray. Make this germ-fighting cleaner with Everclear or rubbing alcohol, vinegar and essential oils.
DIY disinfectant cleaner with alcohol
2020 is shaping up to be a crazy year. So far we almost went to war with Iran, the president was on trial, Australia almost burned to the ground, Prince Harry and Megan fled to Canada and of course there’s a little virus named COVID-19 that you may have heard of making it’s way around.
Last week we learned that school was closing for six weeks. I heard rumors they would be shutting it down but I thought it would be a week or two a tacked onto spring break- not six weeks!
People are panic buying all sorts of household supplies in preparation for a possible 14 day quarantine. Things like rubbing alcohol, masks, cleaning supplies and toilet paper are becoming difficult to find.
When you start to run out of cleaning supplies, you’ll need to start making your own if you can’t find any on the store shelves.
This tutorial will show you how to make your own germ killing cleaner with easy ingredients you may already have- especially if you’ve already tried some of my other homemade cleaners.
Check out the video below for instructions on how to may DIY disinfectant cleaner
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Ingredients for DIY disinfectant spray
Other supplies needed to make diy cleaner with alcohol
Items to use DIY disinfecting spray on:
- Door knobs and handles
- Kitchen and bathroom counter tops
- Fitness equipment
- Yoga mats
FAQ for homemade cleaning spray
I used Everclear for this recipe. You can use the 120 proof or the 151. The 120 is 60% alcohol by volume and is the minimum you can use to kill germs according to the CDC. The 151 has higher percentage and will work even better if you can get your hands on it.
Yes, apple cider vinegar will work just as well as white vinegar. You can use either or a mixture of both.
No. They are mostly there for the scent but if you prefer unscented cleaner you can leave them out.
No essential oils can “kill” germs but many of them have antibacterial properties. Lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon can all help prevent the growth of some germs but in order to properly disinfect you need to use something from the list of approved cleaners by the CDC.
Can you just use vinegar and leave out the alcohol?
Vinegar alone will kill about 80% of germs. It won’t however kill the really nasty stuff. Vinegar can be used as a safer bleach alternative for some applications, like cleaning. It is also biodegradable. However, vinegar is not a registered disinfectant and does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus or COVID-19.
More DIY cleaning recipes
- How to make disinfecting wipes
- How to make homemade hand sanitizer
- How to make homemade bleach
- How to kill mold on wood
Have you made your own disinfectant spray before? Share your best tips in the comments!