Disinfectant Spray

Did you know I LOVE disinfectant spray? I do.

It’s a simple reason really. It totally destroys germs, and the cold and flu bugs. Why wouldn’t I love it?!

Seeing that I have 4 kids who seem to get to get sick every cold and flu season, I try to keep those germs out of my house at all cost.

But I really don’t like the store-bought disinfectant spray because it is EXPENSIVE! And it has that hospital smell that is just not very pleasing. I feel that I have to hold my breath every time I spray it and let’s not even talk about all the chemicals in it too.

Recently, I have been on a mission to find better products for my home that I could easily make and that would also be cheaper too.

This disinfectant spray also had to smell great. I didn’t want to have to hold my breath any longer because of the smell and the chemicals.

It really needed to be cheaper than the store-bought disinfectant spray. Why waste my time if I can’t make it cheaper?! Am I right?

And of course, it still needed to work as a great as a disinfectant spray. I mean, it really had to kill those germs. That’s the whole purpose!

Then, it struck me. Rubbing Alcohol. Yes, you just read that right.


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Yes, it’s probably sitting there right in your cabinet just waiting for the newest boo-boo from your kids, to be the disinfectant hero of scrapes and cuts.

But it also works just as great on other germs too! You know, those nasty cold catching germs or those make you green flu germs? Yup, those ones that we love to hate.

Just think of a full cold & flu season without your family getting sick?! While that may be just a dream, we can at least help prevent those germs with this disinfectant spray and keep some coin in our pockets too.

So gather your supplies and let’s get busy! This is one disinfectant spray you won’t want to live without this year!

Disinfectant Spray

Ingredients & Supplies:

To make this disinfectant spray you might already have a lot of the ingredients on hand.

Here is what you need to make this disinfectant spray:

  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 Cup Distilled Water or Reverse Osmosis Water
  • 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (price varies) (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (price varies) (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
  • Glass spray bottle

Note: That citrus essential oils can eat through plastic so it is better not to use a plastic spray bottle for this disinfectant spray. You should not use a metal sprayer bottle either because oils can pit the metal.

It is better to use a glass spray bottle. You can either purchase a large glass sprayer bottle like this or reuse your essential oil bottles and just buy just the sprayer for the bottle.

Or, you can use this nifty trick I found. If you use apple cider vinegar often, you may have an empty bottle in your recycling bin. The sprayer off an old glass cleaner bottle works great on this vinegar bottle! Just clean the bottle and remove the label. Yay for a cheap glass sprayer bottle!

Disinfectant Spray


To make this disinfectant spray, to a glass spray bottle add the vinegar, alcohol, and water. Then, add the essential oils.

Shake to combine. Spray this disinfectant spray everywhere!

If you are a germophobe like me, start spraying your disinfectant spray on the high traffic areas like handles and bathrooms.

I like to keep one disinfectant spray bottle in the bathrooms, one in the kitchen and several in the common areas. It’s so handy to have one near when someone sneezes and the germs go flying! I often say, “Spray, spray. Make the germs go away”!

This disinfectant spray also works great as a quick room freshener. Lavender and Lemon essential oils work great together but I also love Orange, Cinnamon, and Lemongrass too.

It’s fun to play around with the scent combinations. Plus there are many combinations out there to try.

Disinfectant Spray

 Total Cost

  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar = 9¢
  • 1/2 Cup Rubbing Alcohol = 32¢
  • 1 Cup Distilled Water or Reverse Osmosis = $0
  • 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (price varies)
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (price varies)

Total Cost = 41¢ Per Bottle

Note: This does not cover the cost of bottles, sprayers or the essentials oils to make your disinfectant spray.

Also, add 85¢ to your total if you do not have distilled water or reverse osmosis water on hand. That is about how much it costs to purchase a gallon of distilled water from Publix or another grocery store.

Even if you had to buy the essential oils and the bottles now, you can factor the cost of all of the disinfectant spray bottles you would normally buy each year, versus this one time cost. And just think about how much plastic you’ll be keeping out of the landfills too!

This disinfectant spray is natural and so easy to make. You don’t have to run to the store to refill your disinfectant spray as you would already have the supplies on hand to make another bottle of disinfectant spray right away.

While keeping germs out of our homes seems futile, we can kill them when they get there.

My mission to find a better version of the store-bought disinfectant spray has been a success in our family.

This disinfectant spray is super cheap to make which saves my budget each time I make it.

It also works great and smells so much better than the store-bought disinfectant spray. Which makes me love it even more!


YOUR TURN: Where else do you like to use disinfectant spray? Let me know in the comments below!

Disinfectant Spray

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