DIY Disinfectant Spray : 2 Easy Recipes For Solid Protection

Disinfection of your space and belongings is an important part of your cleaning routine. With the severity of the COVID19 pandemic rising every day, it is now more important than ever to keep track of the hygiene and sanitization products that you use regularly.

The use of disinfectant sprays is preferred and safe due to the lack of direct contact with the skin. Disinfectant sprays are a quick and effective solution to potential germ infection.

It is absolutely essential to check with your doctor regarding allergies and ailments before using a new product. Disinfectant sprays for clothes, cars, office, postal packages, and public facilities, including healthcare centers kill disease-causing microbes quickly for lasting protection.

How do disinfectant sprays work?

According to the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is advised to clean inanimate surfaces with soap and water, followed by a disinfectant.

A disinfectant spray kills the viruses and bacteria present on the surfaces. In contrast, soap and water reduce the number of germs multiplying on the same.

Although a combination of soap and water followed by a disinfectant is ideal, you can opt straight for the latter in case of emergencies or constraints.

How to make disinfectant spray at home?

Most store-bought disinfectant sprays are prepared using standard measures in a regulated environment. It is important to check the label for WHO, CDC, or other health authorities’ recommendation before purchase.

However, in the event that disinfectant sprays are not available in your local supermarket or pharmacy, we have listed below for you 2 easy disinfectant spray DIY recipes.

Both recipes consist of a few simple steps using ingredients you can easily get in a pharmacy or hardware store.

Recipe 1 –  Disinfectant spray DIY with alcohol or vinegar

What you need –

  • 1 pair of clean rubber gloves
  • 1 sterilized spray bottle (size as per requirement)
  • 1 mixing bowl, 1 measuring cup and 1 funnel (not used for food preparation)
  • Non-cooking vinegar or Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) – 99% purity.
  • 10 drops of lavender or moringa essential oil for fragrance (optional)
  • Distilled or boiled water (cooled to room temperature)

Make sure that the working space used for the preparation is well-lit and ventilated.

Step 1 Put on the gloves.

Step 2 Pour 1 cup of the rubbing alcohol or vinegar into the mixing bowl.

Step 3 Put 10 drops of essential oils into the alcohol and stir gently to mix.

Step 4 Pour 3 cups of water into the bowl and stir until all the constituents are fairly mixed.

Step 5 Pour the final mixture into the spray bottle using the funnel.

Step 6 Clean any spillage on the working surface.

 Now your homemade disinfectant spray is ready for use!

Recipe 2 – Disinfectant spray DIY with Sodium Hypochlorite (household bleach)

What you need –

  • 1 pair of clean rubber gloves, 1 apron, and 1 face mask
  •  A sterilized spray bottle (at least 1 Litre)
  •  1 spoon, 1 measuring cup (250 milli Litres) and 1 funnel (not used for food preparation)
  • Household Bleach liquid (sodium hypochlorite)
  • Distilled or boiled water (cooled to room temperature)

While using a bleach disinfectant spray, it is important to wear gloves to prevent skin irritation. The space to be cleaned should be well ventilated to quickly clear off the smell of the bleach.

The recipe for bleach disinfectant spray varies according to requirement. The recipe below is effective for typical home and office use.

Step 1 Put on the gloves, apron, and face mask.

Step 2 Pour 2.5 tablespoons of the bleach into the spray bottle using the funnel.

Step 3 Pour 2 cups of water into the spray bottle using the funnel.

Step 4 Close the bottle and gently shake to mix

Step 5 Clean off any spillage on the working surface.

Now your homemade disinfectant spray is ready for use!

The proportions of ingredients for bleach disinfectant spray for varied requirements are as follows-

  1. Home and office – 2.5 tablespoons of bleach in 250 milli Litres of water.
  2. Hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities – 1 milli Litre of bleach in 9 milli Litres of water.

The amount of disinfectant spray liquid required can be scaled up based on these measurements.

Which disinfectant spray kills coronavirus?

Ideally, the best disinfectant spray to kill coronavirus and other microbes are WHO recommended formulas available for purchase at supermarkets. If your local market has run out of the product, you can opt for trustworthy online stores to get hygiene and sanitization products delivered to your home.

The CDC and WHO disinfectant spray recipes in this article should be utilized only in the event that you cannot find a commercially sold product anywhere. Nonetheless, these DIY recipes are effective against a variety of disease-causing germs and can help you keep your space safe and sanitized.


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Disclaimer: Issued in public interest by Axio Biosolutions Private Limited. Kindly check the official guidance on WHO for more information on infection prevention and control of COVID-19.


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