DIY Disinfectant Spray - 2 Ways

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10 Minutes

This easy disinfectant recipe can be made with either high-proof vodka or hydrogen peroxide. Both versions of this spray can be used to disinfect a variety of household surfaces. Both versions also contain the required and recommended percentages of each ingredient to properly sanitize your home.

Ingredients needed for this handy disinfectant spray

What you will need to make your own disinfectant spray:

High-proof vodka (list of high-proof vodka brands is on our blog HERE.)

It's VERY important to note that you can't just use any vodka off the shelf for this recipe or it won't meet the required percentage of alcohol necessary for disinfecting.

You will also need:

A selection of essential oils

A glass spray bottle

You can also repurpose an old glass bottle from another cleaning product.

A funnel will also be helpful.

For option 2 of this recipe, you will need hydrogen peroxide and a brown spray bottle.

First, pour the vodka into a clean spray bottle

Wash your spray bottle in hot, soapy water and allow it to dry. Then, using a funnel, pour the high-proof vodka into the spray bottle.

Again, please do not just use any vodka for this recipe. More info on our blog about which brands meet the requirements.

Add the essential oils

Next, you can add a selection of essential oils. Many essential oils have anti-bacterial properties and can aid in disinfection. Although, they're not necessary due to the alcohol content of this spray.

However, if you're interested, you will find links to sources and interesting studies about essential oils and disinfection on our blog. Cinnamon in particular has been well-studied due to its antibacterial properties.

One of our favourite essential oil blends for use in this cleaning spray is our cinnamon based blend.

Cinnamon Spice Cleaning Blend

15 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

10 drops clove essential oil

5 drops orange essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

Add a small amount of natural food colouring (optional)

You also have the option of adding a drop or two of natural food colouring to your spray. We find this helps this differentiate our disinfectant spray from our DIY vinegar glass cleaner which is clear. But it serves no purpose other than to remind us which cleaner is which.

Please note: we have never had an issue with staining as the amount of natural food colouring in this recipe is very small.

Your finished disinfectant spray!

For the second version of this very simple recipe which contains hydrogen peroxide, please see the recipe card on our site.

Please note that the version containing peroxide should not be used on porous surfaces such as granite and marble.

Use your disinfectant spray with a cleaning cloth that can be washed and reused

This incredibly simple cleaning spray can be used on a variety of surfaces in your home including countertops, door handles, and bathroom and kitchen sinks.

For more green cleaning recipes and DIY's, please check out our blog. The link is in our bio.

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  • Phyllis Phyllis on Aug 16, 2020

    Can you use rubbing alcohol? Why waste good vodka?☹️

  • Hope Hope on Sep 30, 2022

    I’ll try this today, so the Vodka is it the alcohol drink?

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  • William William on Aug 13, 2020

    I use vodka and a mix of essential oils for room spray, upholstery, carpets. I also use it to spray clothing, shoes, and purses I sell on Ebay.

    • A Life Adjacent A Life Adjacent on Aug 13, 2020

      Great idea, William! Essential oils have so many wonderful uses.