Are you tired of the toxins that are lurking in your store bought cleaners? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s create an all-natural disinfectant spray that you can use to replace your Lysol or Clorox products.
First let’s talk about why you should get rid of your Lysol and Clorox cleaning products.
Why Lysol and Clorox are Harmful to Your Health
Have you ever looked for the ingredients on a bottle of Lysol? Probably not, but if you did you’d notice that they don’t list all their ingredidents. It’s okay, you can go grab your bottle and check it out.
Since there are just a few ingredients listed on the bottle itself, I had to do a little digging. I’m only focusing on the toxic ingredients below:
Ethanol/ SD Alcohol – Can cause developmental toxicity, gastrointestinal and liver toxicity, neurotoxicity, and skin toxicity.
Fragrance – Can cause skin irritation, allergies, nervous system disruptor and respiratory toxicity. Not regulated and considered a “trade secret” so this could pretty much be anything.
Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides – Can cause immunotoxicity, respiratory toxicity, skin and organ toxicity, and can cause asthma. It has been restricted for use in cosmetics in both Canada and Japan.
Clorox wipes were my thing. I used it every day to clean my kitchen after dinner and to clean my bathrooms. When someone was sick I’d clean door knobs, remote controls, light switches, drawer handles, you name it. Now, that I’ve been learning so much about how harmful cleaning products can be that stuff will no longer be used. Let’s look at some of the toxic ingredients of Clorox:
Sodium c10-c16 alkyl sulfate – Can elevate liver enzymes and can cause abnormal cellular reactions.
Disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate – Skin irritant.
Mipa-Borate – Developmental, endocrine, and reproductive effects.
Myristamine oxide – Skin irritant and allergy inducer.
Chlorine – Skin irritant.
Sodium Carbonate – Can cause breathing problems, coughing, redness and irritation to the eyes.
So yeah….good for you for making the decision to take a stance and create your own product to give your family a break from toxins.
Disinfectant Spray Recipe
This recipe is for a spray bottle, but you can make them into wipes instead if you prefer. For wipes you’ll need a tall glass container with a lid, and some heavy duty paper towels. Cut the paper towel roll with a bread knife or sharp knife so it’s a bit smaller than your glass container, add the paper towels to your container and soak up the paper towels with the mixture. You’ll want to remove the center tub of the paper towel so you can pull from the middle of the roll. Whala…you have wipes! Ok, back to the spray bottle recipe.
If it’s your first time making this recipe, cut it in half to make sure you like it without wasting so much product.
What You’ll Need
- Essential Oils – I used Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon and Eucalyptus (Blue, Radiata, or Globulus will work)
- Cheap non-scented Vodka
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Distilled Water
- 16 oz Spray Bottle
- Measuring cup
- Funnel *optional, but very helpful
Feel free to change the ratio of the oils, if you want it to smell more like lavender and less like Tea Tree then decrease or increase the drops as needed. I try not to use too many drops of my oils, but in this case I needed to so I could try to over power the vinegar. If you only have Lavender and Lemon, then use only those oils.
- 25 drops of Tea Tree
- 15 drops of Lavender
- 15 drops of Eucalyptus
- 15 drops of Lemon
- 1/2 cup of Vodka
- 1/2 cup of White Distilled Vinegar
- 3/4 cup of Distilled Water
- Grab your spray bottle and add your essential oils.
- Swirl your oils around.
- Grab your funnel and add the vodka and vinegar.
- Add your water being careful not to cause an overflow in case you went a little over with the previous ingredients. Happened to me the first time I tried this recipe.
- Put your spray top on and you’re done. Easy Peasy!
Remember you can use this spray for anything you would have used Lysol or Clorox for. So use it on light switches and remotes (spray to a paper towel first), counter tops (use caution on marble and granite), toilets, drawer handles, door knobs, dog accidents, toddler accidents, etc.
Enjoy your all natural recipe and don’t forget to feel good about yourself for removing some toxins from your home to help your family have better health.
Did you make the recipe your own? I’d love to hear what you changed up. What oils did you use?
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