Alarm bells started ringing for me when my young daughter complained about the chemical smells after I’d clean the bathroom with my supermarket bought disinfectant sprays. Manufacturers often try and mask this smell by adding fragrances, but sensitive noses can still be adversely affected. It got me thinking about what my children, husband and I were breathing in after I’d supposedly cleaned every surface in the bathroom and kitchen. I knew it couldn’t be good, so I started researching how to make homemade non-toxic disinfectant spray, and I was surprised by how easy it was to make, and how safe it is.
- 500 ml of water
- 3 Tbs of liquid castile soap
- 30 drop so of tea tree oil
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
- Pour into a spray bottle
Spray your homemade disinfectant on any surface just as you would the commercial equivalent. For best results, let it sit for five minutes before wiping it off so that all germs are killed that may have been residing on the surface. The best bit though is being confident to put a bottle in the hands of your children and giving them chores to do around the house, safe in the knowledge it can’t possibly hurt them in any way.
Buying disinfectant and other cleaning products from the supermarket can get quite expensive, not to mention the health risks associated with them. The beauty of making your own disinfectant spray is it’s quite cheap in comparison, and often far more effective too.
Using disinfectants will always leave a residue behind, so it’s best to use a chemical free homemade version, rather than those chemical disinfectants. This is especially so in the kitchen where you’ll be preparing meals and snacks to eat. The last thing you want to be doing is preparing a chicken or seafood dish on surfaces that have been cleaned using a chemical disinfectant.