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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.

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.

DIY Room Spray | Yankee HomesteadWant 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
  • Water
  • Dark glass bottle, any size
  • Spray top
  • Water-resistant label


  1. Add desired number of drops of oil blend 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.

Homemade Lysol Spray with Essential Oils | Yankee HomesteadHow 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.* :-)
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: Homemade Lysol! 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 Lysol Spray to further cleanse the problem area and leave behind a pleasant scent. Worked like a charm!

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
  • Grapefruit
  • Tea Tree
  • Lemon
  • Wild Orange
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

Do you make your own cleaning sprays?  Share tips and recipes 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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8 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!

  2. jill

    love your site and this spray! thank you so much! if i don’t have dark bottles (i live oversees so its a bit difficult to get things..)– if i put masking tape over my clear bottles, do you think that’s effective enough- or do you think i should really hold off till i have the dark glass? thanks!

    1. KathleenKathleen Post author

      Hi Jill–Dark glass is preferred, but if they’re hard to come by where you are, I would just use regular glass and store them in a dark place. :-)

  3. Desiree

    Love this, but I need something more of a disinfectant for my dorm (you know how it is). Do you know of something I could add to kill germs? I’d do Vodka, but I’m not quite 21, and it’s a dry campus.

    1. KathleenKathleen Post author

      Hi Desiree, I actually do use essential oils to disinfect. :-) I’ll email you directly with a few ideas…


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