Here’s a great recipe for a safe and effective deep cleaning spray. It smells fresh and clean and it will remove those germs in a hurry! Check out this newly updated DIY Disinfecting Spray Cleaner for updated guidelines.

please note: This DIY recipe was developed long before Coronavirus and has not been tested for efficacy at disinfecting the virus. Please consult the CDC for disinfecting recommendations.

Gather the ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60% + alcohol content) vodka or Everclear (excellent germ-killing properties – you can substitute rubbing alcohol, but it will have a more medicinal scent)
  • 15 drops essential oil – peppermint + lemon OR lavender + lemon are great in this recipe
  • glass spray bottle 

Please note: Vinegar should not be used on granite or marble because the acid may etch the surface. Here’s my favorite Stone Cleaning Spray recipe.

Once you’ve mixed up your spray, give it a shake and spray away. I like to spray all surfaces thoroughly, let it sit for about 10 minutes (to remove germs), and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. In the bathroom it’s important to avoid any cross-contamination so I wipe in this order with separate cloths – mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet. Go to this post for my 15 minute bathroom cleaning strategy. If you’re using this spray in the kitchen, the same rules apply for cross-contamination – use separate cloths for separate areas. No rinsing is required with this recipe.

Are you ready to make your own cleaners? It’s so easy! It’ll save you money and better than that, it’s so much better for you and your family! Go here to see more posts with my favorite DIY cleaning recipes.