DubG’s DIY Disinfectant Spray: Germ Slayer Top-Secret Recipe

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I know what you’re thinking: why do I need a DIY disinfectant spray and why can’t I just buy one off the shelf? Well, for me, ever since my nostrils turned into a K-9 unit post-pregnancy, every artificial scent has been like a personal affront, a chemical sledgehammer to my senses. Seriously, I could probably sniff out a teaspoon of peanut butter buried in a sandbox on a windy day—it’s that intense. And then there’s my little guy, the superhero in his own right, battling severe food allergies with the kind of bravado that would put most caped crusaders to shame.

Keeping him safe became my mission—a quest that had me turning my home into a fortress, with every surface a potential battleground against those invisible, allergy-inducing invaders. I went full-on germaphobe, brandishing my store-bought cleaner like a sword, only to realize the fumes were more toxic dragon than noble steed.

I remember the moment I realized I needed to find a better solution for the OCD, germaphobe, and mega-super-nose syndrome I had going on. I’m practically there in full battle gear, armed with rubber gloves thick enough to deflect a nuclear event, and I’m thinking, “If this stuff requires hazmat handling, do I really want it anywhere near where we eat, sleep, and conquer kindergarten homework?” That’s when it hit me—I needed a potion that was not just powerful but as pure as my intention to protect. That’s how DubG’s DIY disinfectant spray, my very own ‘Germ Slayer,’ was born.

This concoction isn’t just a mix of ingredients; it’s a blend of a mother’s love, a sniff-hound’s sensitivity, and a warrior’s will. It’s the Swiss Army knife of cleaners—natural, effective, and, most importantly, crafted with the safety of my little guy in mind. It was time to toss the collection of bottles that all seem to have those adorable little skulls and crossbones decorations on their packaging. Here’s to making our homes as safe as they are sparkling, one spritz at a time. Welcome to the DIY disinfectant revolution, where the only thing we’re knocking out is our reliance on those toxic terrorists lurking under the sink, spewing spores of their chemical warfare into every oxygen cell in my home.

The Many Faces of the DIY Disinfectant SprayFamily scene fighting fictional germs with tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and vinegar

This homemade cleaner is like a chameleon; it can adapt to any environment. Just give it a good shake, spray it on the surface, and let it sit for a few minutes to do its magic. Here’s a list of places where this disinfectant spray can strut its stuff:

  • Door handles (because who knows what germs lurk there)
  • TV remotes (the unsung heroes of our lazy days)
  • The entire toilet (because, well, it’s a toilet)
  • Faucets (they’ll shine like the top of the Chrysler building)
  • Light plates and switches (the most overlooked germ magnets)
  • Countertops (especially after your culinary adventures with raw meat)
  • Garbage bins (because even trash deserves some love)
  • Dog kennels (because Fido deserves a clean space too)
  • Your desktop and computer mouse (where snack crumbs and germs have a party)
  • Sofas, chairs, and throw pillows (the unsung heroes of our Netflix binges)

 

The Genesis of the DIY Disinfectant Spray

Ever caught yourself mulling over, “What could possibly replace my trusty store-bought disinfectant spray?” or “Is there an alternative to Lysol that I can whip up at home?” The answer lies in a variety of household heroes, each with its unique germ-fighting prowess. According to the CDC, a substance needs to be at least 70% alcohol to

Two cartoon germs in a humorous squabble with one holding a diy disinfectant spray.

At war with germs.

effectively disinfect surfaces, but there’s a whole arsenal of natural disinfectants at your disposal.

    • White Vinegar

      • Behold white vinegar, a green cleaning warrior! This grime-dissolving, germ-zapping marvel works wonders when mixed with water in a spray bottle. It’s particularly effective against mold, making it a go-to for those pesky damp areas.
    • Rubbing Alcohol

      • Rubbing alcohol is more than just a first-aid staple; it’s a natural disinfectant. Mix it with an equal part of water to create a solution that’s tough on germs but gentle on most surfaces.
    • Hydrogen Peroxide

      • Hydrogen peroxide, a renowned sterilizer, not only kills germs and bacteria but also gets a disinfectant boost when combined with natural scents like lemon, pine, tea tree, or peppermint. These additions enhance its power and leave a refreshing aroma.
    • Bleach

      • When it comes to heavy-duty disinfecting, bleach is a powerhouse. A diluted bleach solution can be sprayed in kitchens, around sinks, and on countertops to annihilate bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
    • Essential Oils

      • The natural chemical composition of essential oils makes them effective for disinfecting various areas of the home, including kitchen floors, sinks, bathroom tiles, and more. Their pleasant scents are an added bonus, transforming cleaning into a fragrant experience.
    • Alcohol

      • Last but not least, alcohol remains a steadfast disinfectant, capable of annihilating many types of bacteria and viruses. Fill a spray bottle with alcohol for an easy-to-use surface cleaner, or use it for hand cleaning when soap and water are out of reach.

Each of these elements brings its own unique strengths to the table, offering a range of options to keep your home clean and germ-free, naturally.

 

Merging Nature and Science: Crafting My Top Secret Homemade Disinfectant Spray

Image of a mother and child using diy disinfectant to playfully combat a large, cartoonish germ.

Mom and kiddo in an epic diy disinfectant showdown with the king germ!

Now that we’ve explored the vast array of natural warriors standing ready to replace your conventional cleaning agents, let’s dive into the heart of alchemy, where these elements unite. Imagine combining the robust powers of these household staples into one potent concoction. It’s not just a cleaning solution; it’s a testament to the harmony of nature and science. This is where my top-secret homemade disinfectant spray recipe comes into play, harnessing almost all of these elements to create a germ-slaying masterpiece.

 

The Concoction: A Symphony of Natural Ingredients

Here’s what you need to create this all-star DIY disinfectant spray:

  • 1 glass, 8-ounce spray bottle: We’re going eco-friendly here, leaving plastic in the past.
  • 7 ounces of 70% isopropyl or rubbing alcohol: This isn’t just any disinfectant; it’s the leading role in our germ-fighting saga.
  • ½ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide: the unsung hero that elevates the disinfecting prowess of our mixture.
  • A medley of essential oils: 12 drops of tea tree for its microbial warfare, 8 drops of soothing lavender, 6 drops of invigorating eucalyptus, and 8 drops of zesty lemon for that citrusy zing.

 

The Alchemist’s Method: Blending the PotionA wizard mixing a cauldron of homemade disinfectant with playful germ characters floating around.

Creating this disinfectant is like orchestrating a symphony of scents and sanitizing power.

  1. The Pour: With a funnel (because precision matters), introduce 7 ounces of 70% isopropyl alcohol into the glass spray bottle.
  2. The Boost: Add in the ½ teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Think of it as the secret ingredient that gives your latte that extra kick.
  3. The Fragrance Symphony: Carefully dispense each drop of essential oil into the blend.
    1. 12 drops of tea tree oil for its antibacterial qualities
      • (NOTE: DO NOT USE THIS INGREDIENT IF YOU HAVE PETS.) 
    2. 8–10 drops of lavender for that flowery freshness
    3. 8–10 drops of eucalyptus for that minty freshness and
    4. 8–10 drops of lemon for a clean, citrusy note
  4. The Shake: Cap the bottle, ensuring the spray nozzle is secure, and give it a good shake. You’re not just mixing; you’re awakening to the full potential of each element.

As Emirell would say, BAMN!!!  A homemade disinfectant spray that’s not just a cleaner but a testament to the power of combining natural ingredients with a touch of creativity. With each spritz, you’re not just banishing germs; you’re embracing a cleaner, more natural way of living.

Wrapping It Up: The DIY Disinfectant Symphony

So there you have it, my fellow germ warriors! With a few simple ingredients and a dash of creativity, you’ve created a powerful weapon in the fight against germs. Your DIY disinfectant isn’t just a cleaner; it’s a statement—a declaration of war against germs and a nod to the environment. So spray away, my friends, and may your homes be as germ-free as they are fragrant. Happy disinfecting!

DubG’s DIY Disinfectant Spray FAQ

Q: Can I use this disinfectant spray on furniture?

A: Avoid using it on some furniture finishes, like varnished or lacquered types, as it may remove some of the finish (because we don’t want your furniture to go commando).

Q: Can I use a higher-strength alcohol?

A: You can use a stronger alcohol, like 91% isopropyl alcohol, but you’ll have to dilute it. Getting 91% alcohol on your skin is a sting you won’t forget. It’s four parts alcohol and one part water that will create a homemade disinfectant spray with 72% alcohol (because we’re not trying to create a Molotov cocktail here).

Q: What disinfectants kill COVID-19?

A: According to the Mayo Clinic, 70% alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are effective against COVID-19 (because even viruses can’t stand up to this dynamic duo).

Q: Is this concoction safe for my kids’ toys?

A: Absolutely! Just skip the essential oils if you’re worried about allergies or sensitivities. Your DIY disinfectant can be a gentle giant in your little one’s treasures.

Q: Can I really beat germs with stuff from my kitchen?

A: Absolutely! With the right combo of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oils, you’re not just cleaning; you’re obliterating germs like a pro.

Q: Won’t my house smell like a pickle factory with all that vinegar?

A: Fear not! If you opt for vodka-based sprays, you’ll be avoiding that salad dressing ambiance. Plus, essential oils are like nature’s perfume, leaving your home smelling like a botanical garden rather than a pickle jar.

Q: Can I use my potion on all surfaces?  

A: Your DIY disinfectant is pretty versatile, but it’s always wise to do a patch test first. Some materials might not play nicely with alcohol or acids, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Q: Is this concoction safe for my kids’ toys?

A: Absolutely! Just skip the essential oils if you’re worried about allergies or sensitivities. Your DIY disinfectant can be a gentle giant in your little one’s treasures.

Q: Is this homemade disinfectant spray safe for my pets? 

A:  NO. Our original top secret recipe contains tea tree oil, which can be toxic to your pets, especially cats or dogs,  so don’t wash their toys,  their beds, and certainly not their food bowls. In fact, I recommend omitting the tea tree oil at all in my home since we got Jackson our Mini Aussiedoodle, aka “Prince Jackson.” 

Q: What’s the shelf life of my homemade disinfectant?

A: Stored correctly (cool and dark), your disinfectant should stay effective for a few months. But let’s be real—with a home to run, it probably won’t last that long!