Homemade “Lysol” Spray {Easy & Non-toxic, with Essential Oils}


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.

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 disinfecting purposes–instead of Lysol?  It’s super-easy to make, and is very effective at eliminating germs and odor.

Homemade “Lysol” Spray {aka Purify Spray}

Ingredients and Supplies

See my notes below for additional essential oil options, as well as where to find bottles and labels.

  • DoTerra’s Purify Cleansing Oil Blend
  • Water
  • Dark glass bottle, any size
  • Spray top
  • Water-resistant label


  1. Add desired number of drops of Purify to the glass bottle.  (About 10 drops oil to 4 oz. water.)
  2. Fill the rest of the way with water, leaving plenty of room for inserting the spray top.
  3. Label the bottle.  I call mine “Purify Spray.”  So original, I know.

How We Use Purify Spray

  • 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.* :-)
Purify Spray

*An example of a Bathroom-Related Mishap–Little Brother emptied his bladder on a non-washable rag rug. For a moment, I panicked. Then I remembered: Purify Spray! I used two rags–one with hot water, the other dry. First, I saturated the area with hot water, then placed the dry towel over it and stood on it to absorb as much water as possible. Then I used my Purify Spray to destroy any remaining germs or odor. Worked like a charm!

 Ingredients of Purify Cleansing Oil Blend


 Where to Find Supplies

Check out these posts for details on how to get doTerra essential oils, as well as my favorite source for all things essential oils.

More Essential Oil Options

I like to use Purify because it sort of reminds me of that Pinesol/Lysol smell, but there are other EO’s that would be equally effective for disinfecting and banishing odors.  Part of the fun is experimenting to see which oils–or combination of oils–works best for your particular needs (or olfactory senses).

  • OnGuard
  • Grapefruit
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Lemon
  • Wild Orange
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

Have you tried doTerra’s Purify Cleansing Blend?  Do you have a great non-toxic alternative to mainstream disinfectants?  Share your tips below…

Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page

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4 thoughts on “Homemade “Lysol” Spray {Easy & Non-toxic, with Essential Oils}

  1. Brittany

    I LOVE purify…but HATE the scent!!!! I hate the smell of cilantro, something I hadn’t even realized until recently when I was cooking with cilantro and then later went to use purify, and suddenly made the connection. I do love how effective purify is though, so I won’t be getting rid of it anytime soon! Thanks for posting the alternative options though, I do love all the citrus scents.

    1. KathleenKathleen Post author

      Brittany–I wasn’t a big fan of Purify’s scent for a long time, either, but for some reason it’s really grown on me. I actually use it to promote clear skin, so perhaps that’s desensitized me. :-) Have fun experimenting!


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