Looking over my list of homemade cleaners, I realized I hadn’t posted my recipes for homemade bathroom disinfectant spray and scrub. Time to fix that!

I switched to using homemade cleaning products for a number of reasons. First, I got tired of spending a small fortune to buy products that won’t even tell me what’s in them.

Also, my son and I both have allergies that are worsened by the fumes those commercial cleaners leave behind, so every time I cleaned we’d both wheeze and sneeze for days. Once I began using homemade cleaning products we stopped experiencing those problems indoors.

Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant

Want to Change the Recipe?

Both of these recipes call for essential oils. Their use isn’t optional. Use any combination you like, as long as they have antibacterial properties. The other ingredients in each recipe are there to provide additional disinfecting and cleaning power.

I have tinkered with and tested these recipes to reach a final version that I think works best. I’m not going to spend a lot of time trying different variations because someone doesn’t like the smell of vinegar or wants to use dish soap than Castile. If you change the recipe, do so with the understanding that you’ll get different results.

Disinfectant Spray

Uses: Faucets, fixtures, vanities, showers, toilet tank, and seat.

1 tsp Borax
1 tsp of washing soda
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup white vinegar
15-20 drops of antibacterial essential oils (e.g., tea tree, oregano, peppermint, thyme, cinnamon, grapefruit, clove, lemongrass)

1. Using a funnel, pour the powders into a spray bottle.
2. Add the hot water first, and the vinegar second. (Otherwise, it will bubble up.)
3. Close the bottle and swirl gently.
4. Add the essential oils. Close the bottle again and swirl.

Disinfectant Scrub

Uses: Sink basins, toilet bowls, tubs.

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
20 drops antibacterial essential oils (e.g., tea tree, oregano, peppermint, thyme, cinnamon, grapefruit, clove, lemongrass)
Hot water as needed

1. In a small unbreakable bowl, mix baking soda, washing soda and Castile soap to form a paste.
2. Stir in essential oils.
3. If the mixture is too dry, add small amounts of hot water.
4. To use: sprinkle on your sponge or the surface to be cleaned, then scrub. Rinse with more hot water.