Looking over my list of homemade cleaners, I realized I hadn’t posted my recipes for homemade bathroom disinfectant spray. Time to fix that!
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.
Also, my son and I both have allergies. We noticed that several commercial products made our allergies worse, but homemade cleaning recipes did not bother us as much.
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
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.
Apply disinfectants after cleaning a surface. This second step kills lingering germs, which helps lower the risk of spreading infections.
Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant Spray
- Spray bottle
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol at least 70 percent strength
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar (see note) no substititions
- 10 drops essential oils (optional) Oils with mild disinfecting properties include tea tree, lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus. (Keep pets away until dry.)
- Pre-clean the surface with hot, soapy water and dry it.
- Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and swirl.
- Spray the surface until thoroughly saturated. Wait 5 minutes then wipe dry, or let air dry.
It’s important to understand that even homemade cleaning recipes need to be used properly. Just because you make them yourself doesn’t mean you can ignore common sense! So, follow these tips:
- Don’t spray this homemade disinfectant into your eyes, mouth, or open wounds.
- Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol is flammable. Do not store or use this mixture near an open flame — including near bathroom candles or while smoking.
- Store any unused homemade bathroom disinfectant in a cool, dark place out of the reach of children and pets.
- Also, keep kids and pets away from surfaces to which you’ve applied this homemade disinfecting spray until it’s thoroughly dry.
- This spray is intended for use in bathrooms. If you use it on any other surface — especially on food-preparation surfaces — you should clean the surface with soapy water prior to use.
Bleach-Based Disinfectant Recipe
If you cannot find rubbing alcohol or prefer not to use it, you can make an effective homemade disinfecting bleach solution.
The recipe for a homemade bleach-based disinfectant is:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Tips on Disinfecting with Bleach
- Always check the expiration date on the bleach container since old bleach loses its effectiveness.
- For that same reason, you must also make a fresh batch every time.
- As with homemade bathroom disinfectant, it’s important to use proper ventilation when applying a bleach-based disinfectant.
- Do NOT apply it immediately after using vinegar or ammonia-based cleaners, or you’ll create lethal chlorine gas.