A simple, thrifty homemade bathroom disinfectant spray that will leave your surfaces spotless.
I switched to making my own cleaning products, like this homemade bathroom disinfectant, for several reasons. First, I got tired of spending a small fortune to buy products that won’t even tell me what’s in them. It’s my home and health — shouldn’t I know what I’m dealing with?
Also, my son and I noticed that several commercial products made our allergies worse, but homemade cleaning recipes did not. Still, because maintaining good indoor air quality is so important to overall health, I open windows or turn on exhaust fans when using homemade cleaning products and recommend that you do, too.
Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant
I use this spray as part of my weekly bathroom cleaning routine. It’s an effective germ-fighter, so I feel like using it more often is too much. For touch-ups between weekly cleanings, I stick with my homemade cleaning wipes.
Choose Your Scent
I use the same essential oils for both this disinfecting spray and my homemade wipes, but you’re free to mix and match however you like. That’s one of the fun parts about making your own cleaning products: you can develop a signature scent for your home or a different one for every room.
Some essential oils also have anti-bacterial or germ-fighting abilities. Oils with mild disinfecting properties include tea tree, lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus. But keep in mind: some essential oils aren’t safe to use around pets, so consult your vet. (Lavender is pet-safe, so that’s what I use.)
Clean Before Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting aren’t the same thing, and it’s crucial to understand the difference. As the CDC explains, cleaning physically removes grime and some but not all germs. So, only apply disinfectants after cleaning a surface. This second step kills lingering germs, which helps lower the risk of spreading infections.
Not for Food-Preparation Surfaces
I know we all love the thought of cleaning everything with just one or two products. But the germ-fighting needed in the bathroom is different from what’s required in the kitchen. So, this homemade disinfectant is for bathrooms — don’t use it on food preparation surfaces, please.
Bleach-Based Disinfectant Recipe
If you cannot find rubbing alcohol or prefer not to use it, you can make an effective homemade disinfecting cleaner using bleach. To make a homemade bleach-based bathroom disinfectant, add 2.5 ounces of chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water or, for a smaller amount, stir 4 teaspoons of bleach into a quart of water.