i don’t know about you, but when january hits, all i wanna do is clean clean and clean some more. i assume it has something to do with organizing and refreshing my home for the new year, or maybe i’m just one of those weirdos that actually enjoy dusting + washing dirty clothes. either way, its january, so the cleaning season has commenced.

in an effort to bring less chemicals into my home, i’ve started to make some of my household cleaners. i haven’t completely gone green in this category since i still haven’t found recipes that i feel compete with the store bought kinds. while i will continue to try out different recipes, i am totally sold on making orange eucalyptus disinfectant spray here at home. here are the instructions in case anyone wants to give it a try:

in a mason jar (or any jar with a lid), add one cup of white distilled vinegar. next, add three drops of orange oil + three drops of eucalyptus oil. for extra scent and effect, add a handful of eucalyptus stems + the peel of an orange. make sure no pulp or juice makes it into the jar, as your spray will become sticky upon use. set the jar in a window sill with direct sunlight for one to two weeks (until the vinegar scent is essentially gone.) drain the contents of the jar so that only the liquid remains. pour the remaining liquid into a spray bottle + fill the remainder of the bottle with warm water. 

while my favorite concoction so far is orange eucalyptus, this recipe allows you to switch out any oils/scents you’d like, working best if using one deodorizing oil + one disinfecting oil. pick one of each for your spray, follow the directions above, and you’ll be good to go!

examples of deodorizing oils:

  • lavender
  • eucalyptus
  • sage
  • tea tree
  • peppermint

examples of disinfecting oils:

  • lemon
  • orange
  • grapefruit
  • thyme
  • cinnamon

it is okay to forgo the use of a deodorizing oil. while it will make your spray smell better, it isn’t necessary + your spray will still be effective in disinfecting. another favorite of mine is lemon + thyme. you can add as many oils as you’d like as long as there is at least one disinfecting oil in use. you can also switch out any citrus peels, lavender or thyme sprigs, sage leaves… make it however you’d like!


happy cleaning, friends! before you go, are there any homemade products that you use for your home? i’d love to learn more from you guys!


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