How to Make DIY Disinfectant Spray at Home: 5 Easy Steps

Ever since Covid, not only sanitizers and masks have gained importance, but also disinfectant sprays. But dealing with so many chemicals can be yet another risk to health.

So, learn how to make DIY disinfectant spray at home in 5 easy steps here!

What is a DIY Disinfectant Spray?

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You can make a DIY homemade disinfectant spray from some easily found ingredients that you are sure are doing their work and smells splendid with your favourite scent.

Although before going further, you should know what disinfecting encompasses. Disinfecting is a part of cleaning, not cleaning itself.

The disinfecting solution is not for removing dust but to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses. Disinfecting is done after proper cleaning of the house with a cleaning solution and cleaning products. So, cleaning and disinfecting go hand in hand.

And whenever in the presence of a virus, like when someone is sick in the house or the presence of a global pandemic, then constant disinfecting is necessary from DIY homemade disinfectant spray not to catch unnecessary viruses.

This disinfectant spray is highly effective in killing bacteria and viruses and can be adjusted based on personal preference or the severity of the infection.

For the sake of the same, a disinfectant spray to have around is a must with the malicious viruses and pollutants present all around in our surroundings.

But, can you trust the commercial sprays with harsh chemicals present in your nearby grocery store? 99.9% germ kills properties or the best and most effective disinfectant spray ever! Are they true? We never know.

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Are you going to trust your life on some store-bought disinfectant spray that you are not sure if they are effective or even healthy? Apart from their debatable efficaciousness, we are all too familiar with the headache-generating mysterious odour from these prefabricated disinfectant sprays’ mystical ingredients.

Therefore the safest and most trustworthy disinfectant spray you can have is making yourself a DIY disinfectant spray at your home from the ingredients probably sitting in your cabinets.

Non-Alcoholic DIY Disinfectant Spray

If you do not want to use alcohol in your DIY disinfectant spray, you can easily make a homemade disinfectant spray with either Dettol or white vinegar.

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Just add half a cup of white vinegar or Dettol (whichever you prefer)to 16 ounces of water. Add this solution to a spray bottle, and last, add some essential oils to subside the scent of vinegar. Shake it, and voila, you have your other DIY disinfectant spray.

Spray it on the surface you want to disinfect and wipe it down with a paper towel.

This homemade disinfectant spray is super cheap, can be made at any time, and would last you a long time. This is crucial, especially when you need constant disinfecting spray because of the current situation.

This call to disinfect would not be over with the pandemic. People are now aware of the adversities a virus can create, so homemade antibacterial spray has become a norm and will be practiced forever. So why not practice some DIY cleaning?

That is why this DIY disinfectant spray is going to be your deep-rooted good friend. What is the need to spend your money on a commercial disinfecting spray, which will run out very soon and probably not be as effective as the one you make yourself?

With this, you have a great disinfectant spray made at your home with your hand from the ingredients you can trust and find in your kitchen cabinet. You can stake your trust in a product you’ve made yourself.

What do you Need?

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Now let’s go and collect the DIY disinfectant spray ingredients required to make a DIY disinfecting spray.

You will need:

  • Distilled water
  • Alcohol. You can use vodka or any grain alcohol (if it is lying around in your cabinet) or can buy isopropyl alcohol/rubbing alcohol from a nearby pharmacist.
  • A little bit of hydrogen peroxide (available easily at a medical store)
  • For an empty spray bottle, you can buy one or recycle an old bottle by attaching a spray nozzle to it.
  • And, of course, essential oils for their fragrance and added benefits.

These are some essential oils you can choose from:

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  • Lavender oil: it has great antimicrobial properties and a soothing smell. You wouldn’t mind your home smelling like lavender.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that can become a great addition to your disinfectant.
  • Tea tree oil: this famous essential oil owing to its resourcefulness, has anti-viral, antimicrobial, and many other properties that make it a go-to ingredient for many products. And some drops of tea tree oil in your oil and observe the magic it brings to your home.
  • Lemon essential oils: when it comes to health, who is not familiar with the versatility and never-ending benefits of lemon? It has a lot of citric acids, which makes it easy to wipe out germs and bacteria. Hence enrich your DIY disinfectant spray with some lemon essential oil.

These are some of the essential oils we like best, but you are not restricted to these alone you can add any other oil you like according to your preference to your DIY disinfectant spray because each oil has its benefits.

Just add 15 to 20 drops of any one of these oils to the DIY disinfectant spray, and you are good to go.

Tools and Materials:

– glass spray bottle with a wide mouth

witch hazel, vodka, or rubbing alcohol (90% is fine)

– activated carbon powder

– essential oil of your choice (optional) – cotton ball

5 Simple Steps to Make Your Own Spray

Now that we have covered all the ingredients, let’s see how to make this disinfectant spray.

This DIY disinfectant spray is very simple to make. It would be best if you had the right proportions. Your solution should have at least 70% of alcohol content and the rest water.

  1. Fill your bottle with three forth of alcohol (the amount of alcohol varies from bottle to bottle)
  2. Ten drops of essential oil and half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
  3. Add some drops (preferred 15 to 20) of each essential oil from the above-mentioned list or any other one of your liking.
  4. Fill up the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. The last step of this DIY disinfectant spray is to give your bottle a little shake and spritz away all the germs.

So now you are familiar with the 5 easy steps to make a very effective homemade disinfectant spray at home, which will restrict any virus from infecting you whilst giving you’re surrounding an appealing fragrance.

Spray it on any surface and let it sit for 30 seconds it will automatically evaporate on its own due to the presence of alcohol in it.

How Does it Work?

The disinfectant spray works by breaking down the bacteria and fungus on surfaces. This process is helped along by the activated carbon powder which absorbs these toxins and neutralizes them, while the essential oil of your choice provides a pleasant smell and adds some extra protection against potential germs.

Tip: To make this spray even more powerful, you can mix it with white vinegar as well. Just add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to the witch hazel, vodka, or rubbing alcohol before spraying it onto surfaces.

Benefits of Using a Disinfectant Spray

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1. You can use a disinfectant spray to clean surfaces quickly and easily – like floors, countertops, or windowsills – without having to scrub or use harsh chemicals.

2. It’s a great way to protect yourself and your family from dangerous bacteria and fungus outbreaks. Plus, the scent of essential oil added to this spray provides an extra layer of protection against pests.

3. The activated carbon powder in this product absorbs toxins and neutralizes them, killing any germs that might be present on the surface you’re cleaning.

4. Always test a new disinfectant spray before using it on an important piece of furniture, like a sofa or chair, to make sure that the smell and performance are good.

Tips for Using the Disinfectant Spray: –

  • To best achieve clean and effective results, spray the disinfectant directly onto surfaces that need to be treated. Do not mist it around, this will only create a diffuse cloud of the solution and may not be as effective.
  • Wait at least three minutes before touching any surfaces that have been sprayed with the disinfectant. This allows the solution time to work its magic and completely cover all potential contamination sources.
  • First, shake the bottle can well before using it to ensure that the product is evenly dispersed. Then spray the aerosol directly onto surfaces that require cleaning, such as countertops or bathroom fixtures.
  • Avoid spraying into the eyes and other sensitive areas.
  • Allow the disinfectant to work for a few minutes before wiping down surfaces with a clean cloth or sponge.
  • Use caution when using any kind of disinfectant spray near open wounds or pregnant women as high concentrations of some types of disinfectants can be toxic if inhaled.


Making DIY disinfectant sprays can be your first step ahead to save money, improve health, and ensure the safety of your loved ones. Try to make this spray yourself and let us know your experience in the comments!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q-1-How often should I refresh my spray bottle’s disinfectant mix?

Ans-It’s best to refresh your mix every few days to keep it at its strongest dosage – especially during peak season when the bacteria count is highest.

Q2- How do I make my disinfectant spray?

Ans-Start by filling your plastic bottle with distilled water and adding the desired amount of alcohol, bleach, or lemon juice, or vinegar.

-Shake well to combine and then set aside to allow the ingredients to mix.

-Once mixed, spritz your disinfectant mix all over surfaces that need cleaning – this includes things like countertops, sinks, windowsills, etc. Give it a good wipe-down with a paper towel to finish.

Q-3-Can I use my disinfectant spray indoors?

Ans-Yes, you can use your plastic bottle as an indoor disinfectant too! Just be sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Q4- What should I do if my disinfectant spray bottle isn’t working?

Ans-If your disinfectant mix is not strong enough, you may need to increase the dosage or add more of one of the ingredients. You can also try adding essential oils to make it smell stronger and more appealing to bugs.

Q5-Will my DIY disinfection spray bottle harm my furniture?

Ans-No! Rubbing alcohol has been safely used by humans throughout history for various purposes including cleansing and disinfecting.

Q6-What do I do if my spray leaves residue behind?

Ans-If your disinfectant spray leaves residue behind after being applied to surfaces, try mixing in 1 tablespoon of baking soda per quart of alcohol before applying furniture or other high-traffic areas. (it will reactivate and remove residues).

Alternatively, try ratios like 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar for milder cleaners(vinegar breaks down organic materials).



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