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Make Your Own Disinfectant Spray – DIY “Lysol” Recipe

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In this post: Learn how to make your own disinfectant spray with our DIY “Lysol” recipe! Keep the ingredients on hand for when you can’t pick some up a the store!

*Please note: this cleaner has not been lab-tested. Use good judgement and always practice good hand-washing and house cleaning hygiene. 


Are you used to using Lysol to clean your home? Can’t find any at the store? Read on to learn how to make your own disinfectant spray or DIY “Lysol” recipe and let me know how you like it!

Learn how to make your own disinfectant spray with our DIY Lysol recipe!

Types of Household Disinfectants (Bleach and Alcohol)

Of course, you can use store-bought disinfectants to clean and disinfect hard surfaces. But if you can’t find any, here are some guidelines for the ingredients you need when making your own (according to the the CDC).

Bleach

Solutions made of regular ol’ bleach can be used to disinfect, if appropriate for the surface.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for using bleach and make sure you’re in a space with proper ventilation.

Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. 

To make a DIY bleach cleaner, mix:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    OR
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Leave DIY bleach mixture on the surface for at least 1 minute.

Alcohol

Any DIY cleaners or disinfectants need to contain at least 70% alcohol. (Conversely, hand sanitizer needs to contain at minimum 60% alcohol.)

See below for making reusable disinfectant wipes. 

Where to Find Alcohol

I know that a lot of places have recently been sold out of rubbing alcohol, so even making your own disinfectant wipes can be tricky. 

Here are some suggestions of places to look for alcohol:

  • your local grocery store
  • the drugstore/pharmacies
  • your corner store
  • online places like amazon (they have been working to reduce price gouging and to increase stock of essential items)
  • ULINE
  • office supply stores, like Staples
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • hardware stores

Why Essential Oils?

Some essential oils are said to have antiviral properties, along with antibacterial and antifungal properties.

An article in the American Journal of Essential Oils and Natural Products suggests that some essential oils may help fight flu viruses, though more research is necessary [source1,  source2].

However, I’m including a list of possible antiviral/antibacterial/antifungal essential oils here, in case you’d like to add them to your wipes for their scent or potential anti-germ properties: 

  • bergamot oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • red thyme
  • cinnamon leaf
  • lemon
  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • tea tree

What to Use Disinfectant Cleaner on

This make your own disinfectant cleaner comes in especially handy during cold and flu season.

Use it to wipe down hard surfaces like:

  • stair railings
  • door knobs
  • light switches (spray on a cloth first, not directly on switch)
  • faucets
  • taps
  • sink
  • bathtubs
  • toilets

You could also spray it onto soft surfaces like couches, chairs, rugs, and curtains. 

If you’re feeling lazy and want a no-fuss toilet cleaner, try our DIY Toilet Bombs!

How to Make Your Own Disinfectant Spray (a.k.a. Lysol Spray)

*Please note: this cleaner has not been lab-tested. Use good judgement and always practice good hand-washing and house cleaning hygiene. 

Materials

According to the CDC, you want to use an alcohol that is at least 70% alcohol to disinfect surfaces.

Instructions

1. Start by adding the eight ounces of alcohol to a spray bottle container of your choice.

2. Now all you have to do is add in the drops of all the essential oils!

3. Close your container tightly and shake well until everything is mixed together.

Don’t have time to make your own homemade cleaners? Click here to find a list of 10 all-natural cleaners for your home!

How to Use the Make Your Own Disinfectant Spray

  1. Clean the surface first, if it’s visually dirty.
  2. Shake the bottle.
  3. Spray and let it sit for several minutes to air dry. 

*Always test on an inconspicuous surface for color fastness!

Want to make more household cleaners with essential oils? Check out my DIY Household Cleaners post here

disinfectant cleaner bottle

Make Your Own Disinfectant Spray - Printable DIY "Lysol" Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15 or less

Are you using Lysol to clean your home? Can't find it at the store? Read on to hear my new DIY "Lysol" recipe and let me know how you like it! 

Materials

  • 8 ounces alcohol
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil
  • 7 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions

  1. Start by adding the eight ounces of alcohol to a spray bottle container of your choice.
  2. Now all you have to do is add in the drops of all the essential oils! Make Your Own Disinfectant Spray - DIY Lysol Recipe
  3. Close your container tightly and shake well until everything is mixed together.

Notes

Spray and wipe off most surfaces. 

*Always test on an inconspicuous surface for color fastness!

*Please note: this cleaner has not been lab-tested. Use good judgement and always practice good hand-washing and house cleaning hygiene. 

disinfectant cleaner bottle

Click here to get the fun & free printable cleaner labels.

A Note From Shannon

Hi all!

Okay, so here’s the thing. I’m not a scientist or a doctor. I’m just a wife and mom. My heart is to provide what little help I can in all this.

This “lysol” recipe was created two years ago, before everything that’s currently happening. I’ve updated the “recipe” with the latest info. 

Does that mean it will kill everything? Not necessarily.

But it can help if you don’t have or can’t get the store-bought disinfecting spray.

I know we are all confused and stressed and doing the best we each can. Please use common sense and use what resources you have well. If that means you increase the alcohol to make yourself more comfortable, by all means do that.

Regular soap and warm water is said to destroy the current bug, so that could work too.

I really don’t have all the answers. But I hope the projects and things I have created here help you.

xo, Shannon

Looking for Disinfecting Wipes?

Want another way to easily disinfect your home?

Find my recipe for homemade Lysol and Clorox wipes here.

They’re easy to make and super convenient to use around your home as well as portable (if you put them in a ziploc) to take with you to disinfect shopping carts, restaurant tables, and more.

disinfectant cleaner bottle

Have you tried this make your own disinfectant spray yet? If so, what’s your favorite part? If not, what’s stopping you so far?

P.S. If you like this DIY cleaner recipe, you’ll love our other cleaners made with essential oils too!

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