Homemade Household Disinfectant

This week we're sharing directions for making a homemade household disinfectant that's naturally effective and free from any harsh chemicals. It's easy to make and you can likely find everything you need sitting in your kitchen already! This "recipe" makes enough disinfectant to fill an 8 oz bottle.


4 oz water

2 oz distilled white vinegar 2 oz isopropyl/ethyl alcohol OR vodka (see notes) 1 oz lemon juice 1 tsp rosemary 1 tsp basil 1 tsp thyme


Mix the water, rosemary, basil, and thyme in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, stir continuously for 30 seconds. Then bring down to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.​

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Strain the mixture to remove any solid remnants of the herbs using a mesh strainer, tea strainer, or coffee filter. Pour into an 8 oz bottle and add vinegar, alcohol/vodka, and lemon juice. Shake to mix completely.


Rosemary, basil, and thyme have powerful antimicrobial properties, killing many types of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Boiling the herbs helps to extract the essential oils from them.

Isopropyl alcohol is extremely antimicrobial and commonly used in medical settings to sterilize. While isopropyl alcohol is most effective, ethyl (rubbing) alcohol also works well if that's what you have at home. However, it’s not safe for us to ingest isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, so you can use vodka instead, which is another powerful disinfectant due to its high alcohol content. If you're looking for a child- or pet-safe alternative, omit the alcohol altogether.

Lemon juice and vinegar create a very acidic environment, which kills bacteria.

If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your doctor before use.

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