In an attempt to reduce toxins in our homes and save money, we’ve become official wannabe hippie pioneer women. Well, at least I like to think I am. Polly, have you been converted yet?
Below is my homemade disinfectant recipe, which I found here. I use this on my kitchen counters and bathrooms. I just spray it generously on the counter/toilet/etc and wipe with a damp cloth. The tea tree oil makes it smell just like something that is clean and lends an extra antibacterial property to the concoction. I would err on the side of putting a few more drops than you think needed, since the smell dissipates over time.
Wondering where to get the products mentioned in the recipe? Borax is in the laundry detergent aisle at Walmart. However, tea tree oil and castile soap is cheapest on Vitacost. (If you use my referral code link when you make the purchase, you’ll get $10 off too!) You can also get it at a health food store, but it does cost more.
The best part? Each 32 fl oz bottle only costs about $.20! Be sure to rinse and save any of your cleaning agent spray bottles, since I’ve found that the ones from Walmart do not work. I repeat…do not buy the spray bottles at Walmart.
Like this DIY all-natural household product? Try another thrifty, non-toxic solution that’s worked for us!
Homemade Disinfectant All-Purpose Spray
- 1 1/2 tablespoons borax
- 6 tablespoons vinegar
- 4 1/2 cups hot water (I use distilled water)
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid castille soap
- a few drops of tea tree oil
- Mix all ingredients in a pitcher, stirring well.
- Using a funnel, pour mixture into spray bottles.