How to Make a Disinfectant Using Essential Oils
What You'll Need
For the Disinfectant:
- 15 ounces rubbing alcohol
- 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
- 30 drops of melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil
- 15 drops of lemon oil
- 15 drops of lavender oil
- 15 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 1 16 ounce spray bottle or larger
- 1 funnel
How to Make and Use Essential Oil Disinfectant Mixture
- First, find a large spray bottle that holds at least 16 ounces of liquid. Glass bottle is preferable.
- Using a funnel pour 15 ounces of rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle.
- Again using the funnel, pour 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
- Next add each of the essential oils, 30 drops of melaleuca oil, 15 drops each of lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus. Make sure to use a high quality of each oil to assure safety of mixture.
- Close the spray bottle and mix by rolling in the palms of your hand. May need to mix prior to each use if you notice separation.
- After a surface has been cleaned, spray on surface for ten minutes and dry if necessary.
What Makes This Better than Lysol
By using the fresh fragrance of essential oils and the mild scents of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, it gives the house a pleasant gentle fragrance, as opposed to leaving the house smelling like harsh chemicals. Chemicals often lead to lung irritation, headaches, and a compromised immune system. This combination also contains no toxins, unlike their chemical counterparts.
Many disinfectants like Lysol or Clorox wipes contain lung irritants, which often defeats the purpose they are serving. People often use them to prevent viruses such as the flu and other respiratory illnesses, yet by using products that irritate their lungs and compromise their immune system makes them more susceptible when they do come in contact with the viruses. By using the more natural combination, it rarely causes headaches, and those who only clean with natural disinfectants often will find that they have fewer migraines.
Why Use Rubbing Alcohol?
Rubbing alcohol is a natural disinfectant that kills bacteria, fungus, and viruses. It also kills odors from ruminating. It prevents them from producing. Some use rubbing alcohol as a deodorant under their armpits. Although, make sure you do not try this right after you have shaved as it may sting.
When choosing rubbing alcohol, you want to choose one that has a concentration that is at least fifty percent, although it is ideal to use one even higher in strength.
Be careful when using rubbing alcohol on quartz or granite, as it can cause discoloring, especially if left on for prolonged periods.
Why Use Hydrogen Peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective anti-bacterial. It kills bacteria by destroying the cell wall, which does not allow it to regenerate. We use a small amount of this because it kills healthy cells as well. Therefore, be careful using this on your skin.
Some may choose to make the mixture without hydrogen peroxide, and though it will still be effective, adding the hydrogen peroxide will allow for extra strength.
Why Use Essential Oils?
Melaleuca (also known as tea tree), lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus are all natural disinfectants. These are also intentionally chosen together because they complement one another and leave a very pleasant smell when combined.
You not only want to choose the right oils but also want to buy your oils them from a reputable source. It is important to use high-quality essential oils. You can be assured of the quality by taking a look at what tests they undergo. My favorite is PureTM, as they have gone through even more testing than even Young Living has, but also cheaper than both them and DoTerra. All three companies, I highly respect in ethics and quality.
Melaleuca oil and lemon oils are chosen in this mixture because they are an antiviral and an antifungal. Eucalyptus and lavender are both excellent antiseptics, which is why this combination works so effectively.
Use This Same Mixture as Wipes
This same mixture will work well if applied to paper towels and made to be used as clorox wipes. Be sure to store in an airtight container as the wipes will dry out.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Angela Michelle Schultz