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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Incredibly Easy Homemade Disinfectant

I can't tell you how great it has been to no longer choke as I am cleaning from the fumes of harsh chemical cleaners!  I love that I can assign my daughters different jobs around the house and not worry about handing over bottles of cleaners to them.  It just is a good feeling.

This homemade disinfectant can't get any more simple.  It just uses hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of essential oils for scent, which is optional.  

For heavy duty disinfectant jobs, like raw chicken, I've read all over the Internet about a this study, which uses a hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, in two separate spray bottles.

"It doesn't matter which you use first - you can spray with the vinegar then
the hydrogen peroxide, or with the hydrogen peroxide followed by the vinegar.
You won't get any lingering taste of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, and neither
is toxic to you if a small amount remains on the produce. As a bonus: The paired
sprays work exceptionally well in sanitizing counters and other food preparation
surfaces -- including wood cutting boards. In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all
Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and
surfaces when used in this fashion, making this spray combination more effective
at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any
commercially available kitchen cleaner. "

Homemade Disinfectant

Hydrogen Peroxide
10-15 drops of essential oil (optional--for scent)
Spray bottle 

I chose Lemon essential oil as my scent.  I LOVE any citrus scent!  I got mine at my local health food store, but next time I will be ordering it from Organic Mountain Rose Herbs, where the price is much better!

I am on a roll in making homemade cleaners as I am tired of paying the prices of organic cleaners.  I wanted an easy way to label them, so I got my daughters alphabet stamp kit out and made a bunch of labels.  You can find links to more of my cleaning recipes below!

Between my cancer history and my daughters asthma issues, I am passionate about getting as many chemicals out of our home as possible.  Making my own cleaners is a super easy way to make a HUGE difference in cleaning up the air in our home.

Homemade Glass Cleaner That Smells Great
Under The Kitchen Sink Cleaner Organization

*update-an opaque bottle is a must for hydrogen peroxide.  Guess I will have to go shopping.  I've read that a small spray bottle top can fit right onto the bottle that the hydrogen peroxide is sold in, so that is my plan!


  1. anyone know if you can use hydrogen peroxide on granite countertops> I know that vinegar will etch them. thanks

  2. Great idea! I love the stickers you use on your bottles they are so cute!

    I'm having a giveaway

  3. By the way, hydrogen peroxide comes in a spray bottle at Walmart. You can just refill it. Thanks for the tips!

  4. I've been using peroxide in a spray bottle for a few months now. I was pouring it from the brown bottle it comes in into a spray bottle. I began to notice that the longer it stayed in the spray bottle (like the one above), the less effect it had. Then I read that "Because it breaks down quickly when exposed to light, it should be stored in an opaque container, and pharmaceutical formulations typically come in brown bottles that filter out light." So, I just took the spray mechanism and it fit in the large peroxide bottle! Looks kinda funny, but I feel like the peroxide isn't compromised because I pour it into a clear bottle.

  5. BTW...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog!!

  6. Do you spray one on the surface, leave it there, then spray the other on top of it? Or do you clean with one, wipe it away, then clean with the other? I saw in the link that the two combined makes a different substance altogether which may not be as effective. So I'm a little confused with this one. :)

  7. Hydrogen Peroxide DOES need to stay in a dark bottle. It should not hurt your granite counter. Just don't leave it there any length of time. Spray and wipe. BTW, if you want to add an essential oil to your homemade cleaners, choose lavender or a citrus, specially wild orange. They are antibacterial, antiviral, and much more! Only a drop or two is all you need as quality essential oils that are pure and not in a carrier oil are very potent. They are also mood-lifting! :)

  8. Just a reminder, peroxide has a bleaching effect on fabrics, so be careful not to get it on your clothes!

    1. It is a color-safe "bleach", so no worries about applying to fabrics.

  9. I keep the HP in the original bottle, then replace the cap with a standard spray nozzle...(fits like a charm). I spray the HP over counter tops, then spray my 'perfect homemade AP cleaner' on top of it. I wipe the surface down and let it dry.

    According to MANY hours of research, I kill 99.99% of germs, bacteria, and viruses on the spot. BETTER than any store bought cleaner out there!!!

    HP is a miracle cleaner. I suggest experimenting with it on a variety of things. I used HP with various other common household items and came up with the PERFECT stain remover! I removed stains that were 5-10yrs old and unknown stains on a carpet in our new home. My 9 yr old daughter 'dubbed' my creation as 'the one thing better than Oxi-clean'! :)

    1. What is the recipe for your miracle stain remover?

  10. How much HP & how much vinegar do I use??

  11. Thank you so much! Have you ever attempted using Listerine for a sanitizer? I am sure you all know this out there buttttt just in case Hydro. Perox. is excellent for removing new as well as very old blood stains.
    Thanks again

    1. I hear that pineapple juice has an enzyme that breaks down blood stains and removes then too.


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