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How To Make Your Own Disinfectant Spray

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many superstores across the country found that their disinfectant wipes quickly went out of stock. This led many people to search for how to make their own homemade Lysol. Much to many people’s surprise, the recipe is much easier than expected. Follow these instructions to make an all-natural DIY disinfecting spray to keep your home germ-free.

What You'll Need:

1. Select Alcoholic Substance

Although many disinfecting spray recipes call for alcohol, people often don’t know what kind to use. The Centre For Disease Control says that distilled alcohol should be at least 60 proof or higher in order to sanitize surfaces effectively. While this is a good rule of thumb, we recommend that those who are worried about coronavirus or other germs use at least 70% alcohol.

Isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol) or grain alcohol that is 140 proof or above will be a suitable option for this recipe. Alcohol like vodka is typically 80 proof is a great solution that anyone can find at their local store, making it a viable option for disinfectant. Some examples of alcohols that could be used for this cleaning spray are:

Spraying stainless steel refrigerator with DIY disinfectant spray

After adding the correct amount to the mixing bowl, move on to the next step.

Tip: Don’t substitute bleach for hydrogen peroxide or alcohol! The disinfecting spray will bleach fabrics if you do.

2. Add Liquids

The next step of the spray recipe is to add the water and white vinegar to the mixing bowl. These are natural liquids that can help clean and disinfect surfaces like hardwood floors and food prep counters with ease.

3. Add Essential Oils

Most disinfectants can have a pungent or repulsive scent due to their alcoholic properties. In order to make your DIY disinfectant spray and house smell great, add 15 drops of your favourite essential oil to your homemade disinfectant spray. Essential oils can also be combined with one another to make an attractive smell.

Lemon essential oil is a popular scent because of its refreshing and natural smell. Lemon is also widely used among most store-bought cleaners, making it a popular choice for homemade sprays. Tea tree essential oil is also a popular choice, but it is not recommended for those who have dogs or cats as it can be toxic.

4. Prepare The Spray

Bottles of DIY disinfectant spray on kitchen island in Mississaauga home

The final step is to mix the DIY Lysol solution and pour it into the bottle. Use a funnel to easily pour the cleaning spray into the spray bottle. After firmly attaching the lid, shake it thoroughly. You are now ready to disinfect any surface in your home – all you need is a paper towel or cloth wipe!

How To Make DIY Lysol Wipes

Many homeowners love eliminating germs with Lysol wipes because they are easy to use on any surface. In order to create disinfecting wipes, put the cleaning mixture into a container filled with cloth wipes. Let the mixture sit to allow the 70+ isopropyl alcohol to truly soak in before use.

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