Looking over my list of homemade cleaners, I realized I hadn’t posted my recipes for homemade bathroom disinfectant spray and scrub. I switched to using homemade cleaning products for a number of reasons.
First, I got tired of spending a small fortune to buy products that won’t even tell me what’s in them. Second, my son and I both have allergies that are worsened by the fumes those commercial cleaners leave behind, so every time I cleaned we’d both wheeze and sneeze for days. Once I began using homemade cleaning products we stopped experiencing those problems indoors.
As you’ll see, both of these recipes call for essential oils. Their use isn’t optional. Use any combination you like, as long as they have antibacterial properties. I like the combination of lemongrass and orange, which smells summery and light to me, although sometimes I swap that mixture for straight tea tree oil. It just depends on what I’m cleaning.
Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant Spray
1 tsp Borax
1 tsp of washing soda
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup white vinegar
25-30 drops of essential oils (I use 20 orange and 5 lemongrass)
1. Using a funnel, pour the powders into a spray bottle.
2. Add the hot water first, and the vinegar second. (Otherwise it will bubble up.)
3. Close the bottle and swirl gently.
4. Add the essential oils. Close the bottle again and swirl.
Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant Scrub
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s unscented)
45 drops essential oil (I use 15 drops orange, 15 drops grapefruit, 10 lemon and 5 lemongrass)
Hot water as needed
1. In a small unbreakable bowl, mix baking soda, washing soda and Castile soap to form a paste.
2. Stir in essential oils.
3. If the mixture is too dry, add small amounts of hot water until it forms a paste.
4. To use: sprinkle the paste on your sponge or the surface to be cleaned, then scrub. Rinse with more hot water.
You’ll notice in this second recipe we’re relying on essential oils rather than white vinegar to act as disinfectants. That’s because we’re using baking soda, which neutralizes vinegar. After scrubbing, if you’re still worried about disinfecting just follow with the spray recipe.
Equipment I Use For This: