Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant Spray and Scrub

Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant from HousewifeHowTos.comLooking over my list of homemade cleaners, I realized I hadn’t posted my recipes for homemade bathroom disinfectant spray and scrub. According to a conversation I had with several folks on my Facebook fan page last week, many of you are starting your Spring Cleaning, so I wanted to share this information with right away! (I’ll be putting up my bathroom Spring Cleaning routine soon, which calls for both of these homemade bathroom disinfectants.)

As you’ll see, both of these recipes call for essential oils. That’s not optional, either. Use any combination you like, as long as they have antibacterial properties. I like the combination of lemongrass and thyme, 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.

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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 17 lemongrass and 10 thyme)

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 shake.
4. Add the essential oils. Close the bottle again and shake lightly before use.

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)
45 drops essential oil (I use 15 drops lemon, 15 drops grapefruit, 10 drops tea tree and 5 drops thyme)
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 that the surfaces aren’t sufficiently disinfected, spray it with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water; the acid in the vinegar will kill almost every remaining form of bacteria. (Do NOT use this on granite!)

So, feel ready to start that Spring Cleaning yet? Then someone, please, come clean mine!

(Just kidding. Kind of.)

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  1. Chris says

    I so love your ideas! Thank you-do you have any ideas for cleaning and getting rid of streaks on stainless steel appliances? Thanks in advance!

  2. Angela A. Lewis says

    Great tips and ideas on homemade disinfectants for the bathroom. The bathroom is one of the areas at home that i really hate cleaning. Good thing you featured this recipe for making a homemade bathroom disinfectant. I’m looking for alternatives on how to clean them the natural way. Do you have any tips about cleaning grouts?

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