Trying to avoid harsh chemicals? Interested in making your own household products? Try this simple DIY Disinfecting Spray!
What’s Wrong with Lysol?
Lysol, one of the world’s top selling disinfectant sprays, was first formulated using coal tar derivatives in 1889 to stop a cholera epidemic. By 1911, it had become the most common way to commit suicide in Australia. Lysol was used as a method for birth control method during the 1920s until women understood the hazards of douching with something so toxic. (See the Smithsonian article Lysol’s Vintage Ads Subtly Pushed Women to Use Its Disinfectant as Birth Control.)
Now Lysol is formulated with such compounds as dimethyl benzyl ammonium saccharinate, a chemical difficult to pronounce and hard on the immune system.
Natural Alternatives to Lysol
Add one or more of the following ingredients to create this chemical-free disinfecting spray!
1. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is a bioactive substance that has been used for centuries for wound care. The silver ion (Ag+) is bioactive with strong antimicrobial properties. It makes an ideal addition to a purifying spray.
Sources of colloidal silver
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil (TTO) is known for its potent disinfecting properties. TTO, or melaleuca, is also an active antifungal and antiviral agent. (See Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: a Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties.)
Sources of Tea Tree Oil
DIY Disinfecting Spray Recipe
8 ounces filtered water
1 ounce Colloidal Silver
*1 ounce vodka (optional)
10-15 drops tea tree oil (other purifying essential oils include thyme, rosemary, lavender, and lemongrass)
*You only need a tiny bit of vodka, so if keeping alcohol in the home is a problem, be sure to buy the smallest bottle. The vodka works as an excellent preservative and allows the aroma of the oils to permeate the room.
Combine ingredients in glass jar. Stir. Pour into spray bottles. Enjoy!
You can repurpose an old spray bottle or invest in a new one. I love Miron violet glass for sprays. You may be more likely to do without the vodka as this glass acts as a preservative. Learn more in the post Miron Violet Glass.
Top Ten Uses for DIY Disinfecting Spray
- Sick room
- Door knob
- TV remote
- Laundry hamper
- Cell phone and other devices
- Cutting boards
- Toilet bowls and tanks
- Surface mold
Interested in purchasing this disinfecting spray? Check out Just So’s Purifying Spray.