During my days as a Coupon Queen, I used to stock up on cans of Lysol and other aerosol sprays for next to nothing. We used them mainly for the kitchen trash can and in the bathroom.
But guess what? Now I know that most household cleaners and sprays contain dangerous chemicals. When you know better, you do better. So now we use essential oils to make our household sprays.
Here’s what I love about sprays made with essential oils:
- cost effective
- easy to DIY
- smells great
- purifies the air
- cleans surfaces
- eradicates foul odors
- provides therapeutic benefit
I’ve already shared what we use now in the bathroom–it smells great and works really well. Plus, it’s very economical and simple to make.
Want to know what I use for the kitchen trash can and other stinky places in our home instead of Lysol? It’s super-easy to make, and is very effective at cleaning surfaces and eradicating unpleasant odors.
Homemade “Lysol” Spray
Ingredients and Supplies
- Cleansing essential oil blend of Lemon, Lime, Pine, Tea Tree & Cilantro
- Dark glass bottle, any size
- Spray top
- Water-resistant label
- Add desired number of drops of oil blend to the glass bottle. (About 10 drops oil to 4 oz. water.)
- Fill the rest of the way with water, leaving plenty of room for inserting the spray top.
- Label the bottle.
How We Use Homemade Lysol
- Kitchen trash can–A few squirts, as needed.
- Bathroom mishaps–Think: little boys learning to stand at the toilet.
- Bathroom-related mishaps–For those things that should have occurred in the bathroom, but didn’t quite make it.*
More Essential Oil Options
I like this particular oil blend because it sort of reminds me of that Pinesol/Lysol smell, but there are other EO’s that would work equally well to clean and banish odors. Part of the fun is experimenting to see which oils–or combination of oils–works best for your particular needs (or olfactory senses).
- Cinnamon + Clove + Orange + Rosemary + Eucalyptus
- Tea Tree
- Wild Orange
Do you make your own cleaning sprays? Share tips and recipes below…
I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please do not ask me for medical advice.