How to make natural disinfectants
To keep our environment clean, it is necessary to use products with disinfecting, antiseptic, antibacterial, etc. properties, and sometimes there are commercial products and even industrial uses that, although very effective for this purpose, can also be aggressive for our skin if we touch them and our respiratory system if we inhale them. Whether it is disinfecting household surfaces, such as thoroughly cleaning our clothes or even our skin, we can choose more natural products that are antiseptic but are as strong as industrial ones.
In this post we show you how to make a natural disinfectant depending on what it is needed for.
How to make a natural disinfectant for wounds
To start, we offer you a recipe for natural disinfectant for wounds. To make a natural disinfectant for wounds, we suggest using honey, lavender and eucalyptus, three powerful disinfectants. In addition, honey not only provides disinfection, but also helps the wound to heal faster and the skin cicatrize, and both lavender and eucalyptus will calm discomfort or pain.
- Lavender essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
If you do not have essential oils, you can prepare concentrated teas with fresh plants.
- Put the honey in a small bowl. The amount needed will depend on how much area has to be covered, that is, the size of the wound, but we recommend leaving a certain amount ready, so you can reuse, for example, an empty cream jar.
- Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil and another 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
- Mix well with a spoon so that the ingredients are evenly distributed and you will have this natural wound disinfectant ready.
- To apply it, you first have to wash the wound normally, with water and neutral soap, and once the area has been rinsed with cold water, you must apply the natural disinfectant and healing on the wound. It is better to use your fingers with gloves or a previously disinfected spoon and apply a layer that covers the entire injury well.
- Wait between 30 minutes and a maximum of 1 hour to remove the mixture in the same way that you applied it and clean the wound regularly to remove possible remains.
In addition to this disinfectant, we recommend applying aloe vera or aloe gel to light wounds and, above all, to finish healing. Likewise, if the wound itself is superficial or a scrape, apple cider vinegar can be used as a disinfectant, but it must be diluted in water (2 tablespoons of vinegar in 1 glass of water).
How to make a natural disinfectant for the skin
If what you are looking for is a natural antibacterial product to disinfect your hands or other parts of the body, we recommend this other recipe. It is ideal to make your own natural hand sanitizer gel, to carry in your bag or backpack and to be able to use it whenever you need it, for example, after being in crowded public places or before and after visiting someone who is sick. In addition, it can be applied to other areas of the body, avoiding contact with the eyes, since essential oils can be strong for them. Take note of how to make a natural skin disinfectant with aloe vera and essential oils:
- 2/3 of the 96º alcohol bottle
- 1/3 of the bottle or final container of aloe vera gel
- 5 drops of orange essential oil
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)
- If you don’t have any natural aloe vera gel purchased, prepare the aloe vera gel to make the antibacterial gel by removing it from a stalk or leaf of a plant.
- Add the aloe in a bowl, add the alcohol and the three essential oils and mix well so that they integrate well.
- When you have the homogeneous mixture, put it in a jar where you are going to store natural disinfectant. To make it more practical, it had better be a small jar to carry it on, it closes very well, it is dark and it has a dispenser or a small opening.
How to make a natural disinfectant for clothes
The best natural disinfectants for clothing are, without a doubt, baking soda and vinegar. Take note of these steps to prepare a natural disinfectant for clothing:
- 1 bowl of water
- 5 tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar, apple or wine
- 5 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Put the water in a basin or bucket where the piece of clothing you want to disinfect will fit well.
- Add the baking soda and stir well (with your hands or a wooden spoon) so that it dissolves.
- Add the apple cider vinegar or another type and the drops of essential oil and stir again. Never mix vinegar and baking soda alone, without water first, as they react.
- When you see it homogeneous, you can already introduce the clothes. We recommend leaving it to soak for a few minutes (the time will depend on the dirt you want to remove and the type of garment, whether it is delicate or not, etc.).
- Rub the garment to help the mixture penetrate well and remove residue.
- Take it out of the bowl and drain it as best as possible before putting it to dry.
How to make a natural disinfectant for the house
To make a natural disinfectant to clean the house you can choose a wide variety of natural products with disinfecting, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, etc. properties. For example, you can use a variety of essential oils, the most recommended being tea tree, mint, lemon, thyme and lavender, white vinegar, bicarbonate, lemon and other citrus.
Here we explain how to make a natural disinfectant for floors, but it can also be used to clean tiles and the bathroom, both the shower or bathtub, the sink or the toilet.
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1 bucket of water
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 1 small glass of natural lemon juice
You can add more essential oils, find combinations of smells that you like and apply them to this recipe.
- In a bucket or bowl filled with water, without filling it to the maximum, add the bicarbonate and stir well so that it dissolves completely.
- Add the essential oils, lemon juice and white vinegar and stir well again.
- Once you see the homogeneous mixture, you can start using it to scrub the floor, the tiles on the walls or surfaces of the bathroom and kitchen.
Other easy recipes to make natural disinfectants
Disinfecting carpet cleaner
You will need baking soda and vinegar.
- Mix baking soda with a little white vinegar to create a creamy paste.
- Spread on the carpet.
- Leave to act for 15 minutes.
- Mixing baking soda with vinegar can cause a gaseous reaction, which is safe and allows the dirt to come off.
- Apply to the dirtiest areas.
- Rinse with a damp sponge.
- Dry in all directions with a cloth.
Disinfectant cleaner for toilets
You will need tea tree essential oil.
- Pour into a water spray bottle (two cups) + two teaspoons of tea tree essential oil.
- Shake and spray the solution on the sides of the toilets.
- Wait 15 minutes before rubbing with the brush.
You will need bicarbonate, vinegar and salt.
- Mix two tablespoons of baking soda + two tablespoons of fine salt and one drop of liquid soap, one drop of white vinegar and two drops of water.
- Shake, spray the toilet.
- Leave to act for 15 minutes.
- Brush and rinse.