What Are the Safest Home Disinfectant Recipes?

Making your own disinfectant product to clean your home isn't as complicated as it sounds. You don't need a chemistry degree or any scary-sounding ingredients to get started. 

Often, those cleaning products found in the sanitizing aisle of your local grocery store aren't as safe as they appear. These cleaners pose a risk to your pets, young kids, and even your own body. In addition, "natural" cleaners at the store cost a pretty penny.

You already know about the importance of using safe, all-natural products on your skin, but what about in your home?

How do you find a balance between finding something safe and affordable that's also effective? By making it yourself! It's one of the easiest life-hacks to do if you're a mama! In this guide, we'll share the safest at-home disinfectant recipes you can make with things you either already have or can easily find.

At home cleaner DIY

Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner

We all need a good all-purpose cleaner. This is perfect for those messes you experience every day with little kids and pets. Before you grab that expensive, harsh spray from the store, try this at-home option. 


  • Spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (or rubbing alcohol)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops tea tree essential oil

Best for cleaning:

  • Phone screens
  • Tabletops
  • Counters
  • Door handles
  • Floors

Tea tree essential oil is a powerful disinfectant. It's naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. This means it cuts down on all those bad germs in your home, leaving a fresh scent behind.

DIY Disinfectant Wipes

While a spray is a great cleaning tool, sometimes you just need a wipe you can easily grab while at home. These are super easy to make, and you'll wonder why you ever used expensive wipes from the store! 


  • Roll of paper towels
  • Knife or scissors
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tbs of rubbing alcohol (70% or higher)
  • Container

Best for cleaning:

  • Counters
  • Appliances
  • Floors
  • Doorknobs
  • TV remote

To prepare, simply mix the water and vinegar. Cut your roll of paper towels in half, placing the half inside your container. Poor your mixed solution over the roll of paper towels, allowing it to soak into the material. To use, pull out the center cardboard roll and pull out your first paper towel. That's it! 

This at-home DIY wipe recipe follows the CDC's guidelines for best practices when disinfecting your home. To use, wipe surfaces in your home and allow them to soak in the homemade solution for at least 5 minutes before wiping it dry. 

At home cleaner countertops

Using All-Natural Cleaning Products

Keeping your home natural means avoiding harmful ingredients that could pose a risk to your little ones. While cleaning products is a great start, also consider any ingredients that might be a risk in your beauty products.

These recipes are just one of the many ways to deal with the anxiety of pregnancy, motherhood, and the uncertainty of our world right now. With a clean home, the world feels like a better place. You've got this mama!