How this Essential oil disinfectant spray could become your one and only cleaner.
Many essential oils have antibacterial properties to them that make them great cleaners around your home for removing and killing germs and bacteria. Let me walk you thru our home and list all the places I use this essential oil disinfectant spray at least once per week. Creating a cleaning routine is a necessary step to ensure continues upkeep of killing off germs and bacteria before they have a chance to get out of hand.
Front Hallway- I use the disinfectant spray on the door handles, closet door handles, the light switch, banister, and spindles. The lamp base and switch.
Front Living Room- I use this spray on the T.V. remotes, I wipe down DVD cases the kid’s touch. I also wipe down all the kid’s toys. We have a leather type sofa and I will wipe it down as well.
Our Dining room- is also the craft center and board game hang out for my home daycare, so this area gets wiped down several times a day. After each meal time, the table is wiped down. I also give the chairs and the booster seats a wipe down at least once a week with the essential oil disinfectant spray.
Kitchen Area – We have a lot of stainless steel in our kitchen so so for a quick wipe down I use our stainless steel spray. But for the skins, coffee maker, cabinets, sliding door handle, and the garbage can I use the disinfectant spray.
Bedrooms- Lots of uses for the essential oil disinfectant spray in your bedroom. Headboards, dressers, dressing tables, nightstands, lamps, toys, closet doors. Curtains or even a quick spritz to freshen up bed sheets.
A deeper look into what Anti Bacterial really means..
When you are reading or learning more about essentials oils you may come across some of these antibacterial phrases what do they really mean?
Antibacterial– Destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability to reproduce.
Antiviral – An agent that kills a virus or that suppresses its ability to replicate and, hence, inhibits its capability to multiply and reproduce
Anti Fungal– limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal organisms.
Antiseptic – Something that discourages the growth of microorganisms
Antimicrobial – used to treat a microbial infection
Which essential oils have disinfecting properties
There are so many essential oils that fall into one or more of the above 5 categories of disinfectant type categories and would make a good essential oil blend for a disinfectant spray. I’m going to list 5 essential oils that are very easily accessible at your local health food store or can be ordered directly off amazon. When you are looking at purchasing essential oils. Look for an essential oil that is a 100% pure essential oil. Therapeutic grade and organic are also key words to look for when making an essential oil purchase.
Lemon Essential Oil– There is a reason why you see lemon in many cleaning products, it boasts a fresh clean scent along with being Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antifungal & Antiviral
Tea Tree Essential Oil – Tea tree essential oil has a number of amazing uses, it can be used to keep mold and mildew, great for clearing up pimples, even adding a few drops to your shampoo can help with dandruff and keeping head lice away. Tea Tree essential oil is Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antifungal & Antiviral
Rosemary Essential Oil– Rosemary essential oil surprised me at first as a essential oil for cleaning as I think of rosemary as herb used for cooking but Rosemary essential oil is a wonderful deodorizer which makes it perfect for those fabric surfaces that you want to use a disinfectant spray on. Rosemary essential oil also can kill bacteria that is floating around in the air we are breathing in. Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic,& Antifungal.
Lavender Essential Oil- Mother nature sure does know how to provide for us. Not only is lavender a beautiful flower with a wonderful aroma that is amazing for relaxing us and bring peace and tranquility but it also provides us with a cleaning solution that is from nature itself. Lavender essential oil is Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antifungal & Antiviral.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Eucalyptus oil as disinfectant and antiseptic properties that make it a good choice in your essential oil disinfectant spray. With the fresh clean scent of eucalyptus essential oil it also has the ability to be an deodorizer and won’t stain fabrics when it’s sprayed as mist.
How to make the essential oil disinfectant spray
Really using the 5 essential oils listed above in any combination would work for creating an essential oils disinfectant spray. Evaluating where you will be using your disinfectant spray may determine which essential oils will be best to add to your spray.
Gather the following items to make your essential oil disinfectant spray
- Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol
- 8 oz glass spray bottle
- Essential oils ( Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree,& lemon)
When creating this essential oil disinfectant spray I would suggest using about 50 drops of essential oils in 8 oz of vodka or rubbing alcohol. You don’t need to buy a brand name expensive vodka for this DIY disinfectant spray. Any cheap vodka at the liquor store will do, Vodka is great because it doesn’t have a strong smell. Otherwise, just use rubbing alcohol if you prefer.
#1 fill your glass bottle with 8 oz of vodka or Rubbing Alcohol
#2 Choose the essential oil combination you would like to use, adding about 50 drops total of essential oil
#3 Add a label and shake well before each use
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