DIY Disinfectant Spray

Rather than using expensive products with harsh chemicals, make your own DIY disinfectant spray out of natural ingredients, like tea tree oil and vinegar.

DIY disinfectant spray

**NOTE: This post was first published two years ago – but it’s one of my favorite homemade products to use this time of year, and it’s SO easy! It takes a matter of seconds! Go mix up a batch right now, and help avoid the dreaded colds this year! **


It’s coming. Can you sense it? The air is starting to cool. The heat is being turned on at night. Kids are back in school. Noses are starting to run.

It’s cold and flu season.

No one wants to be sick–but the germs are everywhere, lurking in even the most innocent of places–like my daughter’s mouth, when she found a dime on the sidewalk and decided to eat it. Blech. An innocent little place, full of nasty germs.

We really can’t afford a bad season around here. I’m 32 weeks pregnant now, and I have to keep up with a toddler, so *I* can’t get sick. My hubby has work and school to balance, so *he* can’t get sick. And toddlers, from what I’ve seen, turn into violently clingy germ-flinging whine-balls, so *K* can’t get sick.

Solution: Keep the germs at bay with a strong disinfectant spray liberally applied to all possibly-infected surfaces.

Problem with the solution: Disinfecting sprays are overpriced, smelly, and full of chemicals that are incredibly dangerous if ingested–and considering the fact that my toddler has recently begun outsmarting even the smartest of child-safety devices, I really don’t want a bottle of poison in my house, thank you.

Solution to the problem with the solution: Make your own DIY disinfectant spray out of completely natural ingredients, like tea tree oil and vinegar.

Perhaps you’re skeptical. I don’t blame you! I’m all about being natural and frugal, but I also don’t want to waste time with a natural answer if it’s not going to work. This will work, because not only is tea tree oil naturally antibacterial, it’s also antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic (and anti-inflammatory, as well as good for fighting acne. That’s got nothing to do with a disinfectant, but now you know).

It’s very simple to make, too–I made my disinfectant spray in less than a minute, at a fraction of the cost of buying a commercial disinfecting spray!

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Fill an empty spray bottle almost to the top with distilled white vinegar.
  2. Add 8-10 drops of tea tree oil.
  3. Shake.

To use, simply spray the disinfectant on any surface, and either just allow it to dry there, or wait a minute before wiping it up (vinegar evaporates quickly, so it really won’t take very long to dry, anyway).

That’s it! It’s incredibly simple, very natural and green, and oh-so-thrifty. All of my favorite things in a recipe for anything homemade!

If you’re looking for a good source of essential oils, I recently became a distributor for Young Living! These oils are the finest quality commercially available – and it would mean a lot to me and my little family to have your business :).

Have a great Fall, and stay healthy! 

Jaime W. (461 Posts)

Jaime is a Christian, a wife, a mom, a writer, an illustrator, and an aspiring homesteader. She loves trying to find new ways to save money and resources--but also save her time, so she can spend as much as possible with her family! !

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  1. I’m pinning this! Thanks for sharing.

    Does the vinegar leave a smell or is it cancelled out by the tea tree?

  2. We use this too except I put a little lemon juice in with the mixture and I use raw apple cider vinegar (I don’t like white vinegar unless I am cleaning with it…. vinegar snobbery, my hubby calls it). What a great recipe!

  3. WHAT? It is that easy? Don’t I feel like a fool. I’ll be making this from now on. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Oh, thank you! I have these ingredients right in my laundry room!

  5. Great tips! I am starting to make a lot of my own household cleaners and this will be great to add to the list. Pinning!

  6. I love the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of this recipe! You know, I don’t even clean the high chair tray w/ commercial disinfectant spray because of the chemicals. Just a little water on a rag, soap if its really messy. This recipe will change that!

  7. o wow ,i’ll pin this too… just one question ?? what size water bottle ?

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