A mixture of chlorine bleach and water is a very effective household disinfectant (and it is cheap), but chlorine is very strong on fabrics, skin and the environment (and too stinky). Therefore, the use of natural disinfectants is the best option to ensure that we can disinfect the home and have the assurance that we are not going to spoil our hands or health .

The good news is that you can still make homemade bacteria hunters with the use of fresh or dried herbs , essential oils , vinegar, and other staples that you likely already have around your house. These not only fight germs and bacteria, but most also smell a lot fresher as well.

How to use natural disinfectants correctly

  • Test surfaces first to make sure the recipe won’t cause any damage or staining (especially marble or granite).
  • When using fresh or dried herbs, select those that are pesticide free.
  • Use a large spray bottle (16 ounces) and shake before each use.
  • Distilled water is ideal, but bottled or tap is fine too.
  • You can use regular white household vinegar if it is contraindicated.
  • The spray can be used on countertops, door handles, light switches, cutting boards, etc. Avoid use on fabrics and upholstery unless you are sure colors will not be affected (try a hidden location).

List of natural disinfectants

Hydrogen peroxide and Vinegar: (for countertops) Spray the surface with hydrogen peroxide then sprinkle a layer of vinegar over the top. Clean up.

Hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil

3 cups of water, 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (freshly squeezed), 10 drops of tea tree oil.

Lavender Tea Tree Oil

Fill a 16 oz spray bottle 1/4 full with equal parts tea tree oil and lavender essential oil. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake well before each use.

Lavender spray

For each cup of water add 20 drops of lavender essential oil with this you will be able to make one of the most ecological and effective homemade natural disinfectants, which will also provide an aroma throughout the home

Herbal infusion

Lavender buds , mint, rosemary, sage, apple cider vinegar .
Directions: Fill a large glass jar halfway with equal parts of the herbs mentioned (can be fresh or dried). Fill to the top with apple cider vinegar, close the jar and allow to infuse in a sunny window for 6 weeks before using (strain first).

Rosemary purifier

Mix 1 tablespoon of rosemary essential oil with 2 cups of water to create a very effective natural disinfectant to use throughout the home, in addition to its properties as a very effective purifier, the aroma can also help you improve your mood.

Pine disinfectant

Mix 12 drops of pine essential oil with 1/2 teaspoon of denatured alcohol and 2 cups of water.

Grapefruit and Lemon Seed Extract:

1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 5 drops of grapefruit seed extract, liquid castile soap (one drop is enough), 10 drops of lemon essential oil.

Citrus vinegar infusion

Fill a large, wide-mouthed jar with citrus peels (such as lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits). Cover the peels with the vinegar and steep for four weeks, shaking the jar from time to time. Strain then fill a spray bottle 1/4 full with vinegar and the rest with water.


2-1 / 2 cups of water, 1 handful of thyme (fresh or dried), vinegar, liquid castile soap (jet). Instructions: Boil the water, add the thyme. Boil for several hours over medium-low heat, cover. Let cool, then strain. Pour the water into a spray bottle, cover with white vinegar and a splash of soap . Use it as needed.

Vodka mix a powerful disinfectant

Liquid dish soap (just a splash), 2 tablespoons of vodka, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of oregano essential oil, water.

Vinegar: Mix the water and vinegar in equal parts (or simply vinegar), spray the surface.

Suggestion: You can substitute the essential oils for the ones you like, here are some that have good disinfectant qualities: cinnamon, cloves, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, mint, pine, rosemary, thyme.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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