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DIY Disinfectant Spray (DIY Lysol Spray)

This super easy and cheap DIY disinfectant spray (like Lysol spray) is great at killing germs and uses way simpler ingredients than store-bought.

Course DIY
Keyword antiviral, cleaning, disinfectant
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 16 ounces
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces distilled water
  • 12 ounces 95% ethyl alcohol like Everclear. You can use other types of alcohol, too. See Notes for other alcohols
  • 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 30-45 drops essential oils as desired See Notes for recommended essential oils.
  • 16-ounce spray bottle

Instructions

  1. Pour water and hydrogen peroxide in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Drop in desired essential oil blend, optional. Fill bottle with ethyl alcohol, about 12 ounces, and shake well to combine. Spray and wipe down on high-touch areas or anywhere you'd like to disinfect.

    Ingredients for DIY disinfectant (Lysol spray) on a white board

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You must absolutely make sure your mixture is 60%+ alcohol, or it will not be effective.

My mathematician friend wrote an equation for calculating the desired final alcohol percentage,so check out his super helpful walk-through of this if you need help.

For other types of alcohol, use this online calculator to help you know how much water to use. This calculator produces an 75% alcohol, and we do not use as much hydrogen peroxide in our recipe as the calculator. However, it is generally very helpful in knowing about how much water you can to use.

Types of essential oils to use:

  • tea tree
  • eucalyptus
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • chamomile
  • peppermint
  • lavender

Tea tree, eucalyptus, and thyme were actually studied for their antiviral properties, so we include these in most of our disinfectant blends. 

Disclaimer: We are NOT chemists, doctors, or medical professionals. We do not play them on the internet. We are simply sharing a recipe for an alcohol-based cleaning spray that we've used for years and hope others will enjoy.

Continue to use germ-fighting best practices as recommended by the CDC, such as regular, proper hand-washing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, etc. Visit their site for more information.