Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant Spray and Scrub

Homemade bathroom disinfectant from HousewifeHowTos.com
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.

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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.

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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?

  3. Sandra says

    Thank you for your great site. Years I thought I could’nt do cleaning right, but I only had to find my way. I discovered that I didn’t clean because I hate the smell of commercial cleaning Products. Since I use natural ingredients and essential oils, I love the smell and what is even better I USE them!
    How can I substitute Borax, because I can’t seem to find any in Germany.

    • Katie Berry says

      You can leave out the Borax, but then be sure to use lemon essential oil to get the same level of germ-killing.

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