How to Make Homemade Disinfectant Spray | A Simple Recipe

How to Make Homemade Disinfectant Spray by Woodard Cleaning & Restoration in St. Louis, Mo.

If you read our post about hidden germs and bacteria in the home, then you know just how serious germ prevention is. With the help of a few DIY cleaning techniques and this recipe for homemade disinfectant spray, you’ll prevent illnesses by greatly reducing the amount of germs spread in your home. This awesome homemade disinfectant spray recipe works wonders on removing everything from salmonella to cold and flu germs. Keep this handy concoction in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and anywhere else you can think of to stop germs and bacteria dead in their tracks.

Here’s What You’ll Need

To whip up your very own bottle of homemade disinfectant spray, you’ll only need a few things – things that you probably already have laying around the house!

  • Three Percent Solution of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Two Spray Nozzles
  • One Spray Bottle
  • Undiluted White Vinegar

Let’s Get Started

You can probably guess, based on the super short ingredient list, that this is going to be a breeze to make; that’s the beauty of DIY cleaning products! As of right now, you’re only a few steps away from eliminating germs on your food and in your home.

  • Hydrogen peroxide is packaged in brown bottles because the solution is extremely light sensitive. For this reason, you’ll leave the hydrogen peroxide in the original bottle, rather than transferring it over to a new spray bottle; simply put one of your spray nozzles directly onto the bottle of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Your next step is just as quick and easy! Fill your empty spray bottle with undiluted vinegar (go ahead and fill the bottle to the top measuring mark).
  • With your nozzled bottle of hydrogen peroxide in one hand, and your spray bottle of vinegar in the other, mist the surface, or item, you want to disinfect first with the hydrogen peroxide, then with the vinegar.
  • Important: Never combine both liquids into the same bottle. Doing so will create a new chemical that is not nearly as effective in combating harmful germs and bacteria.

How to Use it

Containing all natural and organic, ingredients, this mixture is safe enough to be sprayed directly onto your favorite foods, including meats, fruits, and vegetables, but can also be used to disinfect any item or area of your home. This recipe is especially great for killing germs left behind by sick family members and pets, as well as after groups of visitors and play dates with the kiddos.

If you’re planning on using this disinfectant spray to kill germs on fruits and vegetables, just be sure to rinse the food with water after spraying. While ingesting this mixture is 100% safe, it could leave behind an unpleasant taste if not thoroughly rinsed before eating.

Germ Prevention: 101

If you're wondering how often, and where, you should take the steps to prevent germs in your home, the answer is constantly. Everyday, spray high-traffic areas of your home with this disinfectant spray, and you'll instantly notice a the fresher difference. Some prime examples of high-traffic areas include:

  • Door Knobs
  • Entry Ways
  • Toilet Paper Holders
  • Kitchen Cabinet Corners
  • Remote Controls
  • Keys
  • Carpeting & Rugs
  • Countertops