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Caution! This recipe has not been proven to kill Covid-19. Always wash hard surfaces with a detergent before sanitizing. Washing with soap and water for 30 seconds is superior to ANY hand sanitizer. The CDC is recommending using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- May not kill ALL germs
- May not be as effective when hands are dirty
- Might not remove harmful chemicals like pesticides and heavy metals
Are you tired of using toxic cleaners? This homemade cleaner kills germs and is safe to use on any surface including clothes and fabrics! Not only will your health thank you for switching to safer cleaners, so will your pocketbook!
This Homemade Sanitizing Spray costs pennies to make compared to expensive store-bought Lysol and can be made in just a few minutes with only three ingredients!
Why Ditch Store-Bought Cleaners?
There’s No Federal Regulation for Household Cleaners
Rebecca Sutton, Phd., senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (an independent research organization), remarks that, “neither products nor ingredients must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any type of testing data or notification required before bringing a new product to market”.
They Contain Harmful Chemicals
Environmental experts have estimated that the average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals from the synthetic air fresheners, scented candles, and chemical cleaners.
Many of the worst offenders are hidden under the label of “fragrance” which can contain 100’s of chemicals not listed individually on the label. Many of these chemicals have been linked to asthma, cancer, hormone disruption, infertility, and neurotoxicity.
Some of the worst offenders are:
Phthalates – These are known endocrine disruptors and have been linked to early puberty in boys and girls and lowered sperm counts in men.
Triclosan – This is a powerful anti-bacterial agent which can encourage the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It’s also been linked to heart disease and skeletal muscle weakness. It was supposedly banned by the U.S. in September of 2017, but it can still be found in some products.
Ammonia – This is a potent irritant to the lungs. Those who are affected the most are those with asthma and breathing issues. Chronic exposure has also been linked to chronic bronchitis.
Chlorine – We are not only exposed to chlorine in cleaning products but also in our city water. Everytime we take a shower and brush our teeth, we’re getting a dose of chlorine. We know if we breathe it in, then it causes and acute reaction, but what we may not realize is that, over time, it damages the thyroid.
Commercial Cleaners Are Expensive
Not only do you have to have a separate cleaner for everything, but each cleaning product is really expensive and has to be replaced every few weeks. When you make your own homemade cleaner, you’re not only making safer choices, but you’re saving a ton of money in the process.
You only need a few basic ingredients to mix in different ratios for different tasks. This homemade cleaner can be made in minutes and for only pennies compared to their expensive and toxic counterparts.
Why This Homemade Cleaner Works!
My go-to cleaner used to be my citrus peel infused vinegar spray. I think it did a decent job of killing germs, but vinegar has a really strong scent and isn’t recommended for granite. I’ve also used rubbing alcohol and water, but it made my house smell like a hospital.
Hydrogen peroxide has a milder scent, but it’s also a mild bleach, so you can’t use it on clothes and fabrics. The scent usually dissipates after a little while, but what if you want the house to smell good after cleaning? Enter… vodka!
Vodka – Vodka has all of the cleaning and killing power of vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide without the bad smell. I don’t drink vodka, but I go to the liquor store and buy the bottle that has at least 60% alcohol content.
Note: 90 proof vodka doesn’t mean 90% alcohol content. Most cheap vodka is only 40% alcohol. Make sure you get one that’s at least 60% alcohol.
Essential Oils – Many essential oils have anti-microbial qualities and can boost the cleaning power of the vodka! The essential oils that I chose for this homemade cleaner are lemon and rosemary. These are both energizing oils and pack a powerful punch when it comes to killing bacteria. Plus, I just love the scent.
There is still much that we don’t know about essential oils, but more and more research is being done. Following is a list of some of the essential oils that have been shown to have anti-bacterial qualities from significant medical studies.
Pair any of these with a lovely citrus essential oil and create a signature sanitizing spray that is tough on bacteria with a scent that you absolutely love.
WARNING! Essential oils are extremely concentrated plant compounds that can cause allergic reactions in some people. Always do a skin patch test with diluted oil to check for allergies.
Never take internally without the guidance of a TRAINED professional. Some oils can be dangerous for children including causing seizures, severe allergic reactions, and stopping breathing in infants.
Always store formulations made with essential oils in glass containers, because they can degrade and pull the toxins out of plastic.
This homemade cleaner can be used just like you would use Lysol spray. Spray in kitchens and bathrooms, garbage cans, the handle of the refrigerator, door knobs… anywhere you want to kill bacteria. It can also be stored out of direct sunlight for up to 3 months!
If you’re looking for a safe disinfectant WITHOUT ALCOHOL that you can spray on your clothes and skin as well as all of the surfaces in your home, then I recommend this HOCl by Force of Nature. This is just as effective as bleach without any toxic chemicals. You can learn more about it here and get 40% OFF (as of March 2020).
Homemade Sanitizing Spray (DIY Lysol)
8 oz. Vodka or other spirit with at least 60% alcohol (Alternately, you can use 3/4 99% isopropyl alcohol and 1/4 water. If it’s lower like 70%, use it full strength)
Mix all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake vigorously. Spray on kitchen counters, refrigerator, trash cans, doorknobs, bathroom surfaces even on clothes and fabrics. Any surface that you want to kill germs. Store in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.
Homemade Sanitizing Spray
- 8 ounces vodka or other spirit with at least 60% alcohol
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 8 ounce glass spray bottle
Alternately, you can use a mixture of 3/4 70% isopropyl alcohol and 1/4 water. Mix all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake vigorously. Spray on kitchen counters, refrigerator, trash cans, doorknobs, bathroom surfaces even on clothes and fabrics. Any surface that you want to kill germs. Store in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.
Pair any of the following bacteria-killing essential oils with a lovely citrus essential oil in order to create your own signature scent.
eukalyptus, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, and cinnamon
So, are you going to make the switch to safer cleaners? Let me know in the comments below what you think!
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