How to make a NATURAL DISINFECTANT - Recipes and VIDEOS

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To keep our environment clean, it is necessary to use products with disinfectant, antiseptic, antibacterial properties, etc., and sometimes there are commercial products and for even industrial uses that, although they are 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 deep cleaning our clothes or even our skin, small wounds or the mouth, we can opt for more natural products that are antiseptic but are as strong as industrial ones.

Wondering which are the best natural disinfectants? Do you want to learn how to prepare one at home? So, pay attention to this Green Ecologist article because here we show you how to make a natural disinfectant depending on what it is needed for.

Does the natural disinfectant work for the coronavirus (2022-nCoV)?

Currently, many people are looking for options for homemade and natural recipes to make disinfectants for the home, clothes, floors, bathrooms and, especially for the skin or hands, since various forms of prevent Whuan's coronavirus which is already a pandemic. The truth is no disinfectant will 100% prevent 2022-nCoV or COVID-2019 or no other virus.

However, the WHO (World Health Organization) is recommending preventive measures, such as not going to public places with crowds, throwing away tissues that we use directly into the trash, sneezing and coughing into the inside of the elbow, not having direct contact with sick people and, above all, wash hands with soap and water several times a day and then with disinfectant. Even if most disinfectants are not virucidal, but they are antibacterial and eliminate a large number of bacteria and other germs, which improves defenses and helps prevent infections that weaken us by facilitating the spread of viruses. There are disinfectants that are virucidal and you must indicate this on the label or container. In addition, the WHO recommends that in order for hand washing to be as effective as possible, first clean with soap and water for 40-60 seconds.[1] and then another cleaning with sanitizing gel that should last 20-30 seconds[2].

How to make a natural wound disinfectant

To start, we propose a recipe for a natural disinfectant for wounds. For Make a Natural Wound Disinfectant we suggest you use honey, lavender and eucalyptus, three powerful disinfectants. In addition, honey not only provides disinfection, but also helps the wound heal earlier and heal the skin and both lavender and eucalyptus will soothe aches and pains.


  • Honey
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil

If you do not have essential oils, you can prepare concentrated infusions with fresh plants.

Preparation and how to use it

  1. 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 already prepared, so you can reuse, for example, an empty cream jar.
  2. Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil and another 10 of eucalyptus essential oil.
  3. Mix well with a spoon so that the ingredients are evenly distributed and you will have this natural wound disinfectant ready.
  4. To apply it, you must first wash the wound in a normal way, with water and neutral soap, and once the area has been rinsed with cold water, you must apply the natural and healing disinfectant on the wound. It is best to use gloved fingers or a previously disinfected spoon and apply a layer that covers the entire injury well.
  5. 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 any debris.

In addition to this disinfectant, we recommend applying aloe vera or aloe vera gel in minor wounds and, above all, to finish healing. Also, if the wound itself is superficial or a scrape, it can be used apple cider vinegar as a disinfectant, worse you have to dilute it in water (2 tablespoons of vinegar in 1 glass of water).

How to make a natural skin disinfectant

If what you are looking for is a natural antibacterial product to disinfect the hands or other parts of the body, we recommend this other recipe. It is ideal to make your own natural hand sanitizer gelTo carry in your bag or backpack and 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 bottle of alcohol
  • 1/3 of the final jar or 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)

Steps to make a natural skin disinfectant

  1. If you do not have 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. Here we explain how to make homemade aloe vera gel.
  2. Add the aloe in a bowl, add the alcohol and the three essential oils and mix well so that they integrate well.
  3. When you have the homogeneous mixture, put it in a jar in which you are going to store natural disinfectant. To make it more practical, it would be better for it to be a small jar to carry it with you (you can prepare several jars), which closes very well, is dark and has a dispenser or a small opening.

In this other Green Ecologist article we give you more options on How to make a natural antibacterial gel to disinfect your hands and body. Also, here you can see a video about a antibacterial hand gel recipe very similar to the one described here and that, in fact, you can see in the link to the previous article.

How to make a natural mouth sanitizer

Another option is to prepare a mouth sanitizer to use as a natural mouthwash. To do this, we recommend using thyme, rosemary and cloves. These are three very antiseptic plants, with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Here you can check everything about the Smell Bald: properties, and what it is for.


  • 1 liter of water
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 4 cloves

Preparation of the natural disinfectant for the mouth step by step

To make this natural disinfectant for the mouth, these plants can be prepared in infusion or in decoction and here we explain the second option.

  1. Bring the water to a boil over high heat and when it reaches the boiling point add the three plants, ensuring that they are well covered by the water (if necessary cut or peel the branches to get smaller pieces or just the leaves and flowers ).
  2. Cover the pot or casserole leaving only one corner uncovered so that it continues to boil well, put the heat at medium power and let it boil for 5 minutes (maximum 10 if you want to obtain a more concerted mixture). Make sure that too much water does not evaporate, if you think so, lower the heat or even add a little more water.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the mixture rest fully covered for 3 minutes.
  4. Filter the liquid to remove plant debris and let it cool.
  5. You will have your natural mouthwash ready to use when you need it. If it is too concentrated for your taste, add some water.

Other options for making a natural mouth sanitizer include:

  • Apple cider vinegar diluted in water.
  • Water, baking soda and mint (in infusion or 3 drops of its essential oil).
  • Water, baking soda and eucalyptus (in infusion or 3 drops of its essential oil).

How to make a natural disinfectant for clothes

The best natural disinfectants for clothes are, without a doubt, baking soda and vinegar. Take note of these steps to prepare a natural disinfectant for clothes:


  • 1 basin with water
  • 5 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons white, apple or wine vinegar
  • 5 drops of tea tree essential oil


  1. Put the water in a basin or bucket in which the piece of clothing you want to disinfect will fit well.
  2. Add the baking soda and stir well (with your hands or a wooden spoon) to dissolve it.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar or another type and the drops of essential oil and stir the mixture again. Never mix the vinegar and baking soda alone first, without water, as they react.
  4. When you see it homogeneous, you can 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.).
  5. Rub the garment to help the mixture penetrate well and remove residue.
  6. Take it out of the bowl and drain it as well as possible before putting it to dry.

You may also be interested in knowing how to clean pants without washing them.

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 disinfectant, 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 fruits.

Here we explain how to make a natural disinfectant for floors or floors, but it can also be used to clean tiles and the bathroom, both the shower or bathtub, as 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 scents that you like and apply them to this recipe.


  1. In a bucket or basin full of water, without filling it to the maximum, add the bicarbonate and stir well so that it dissolves completely.
  2. Add the essential oils, lemon juice, and white vinegar and stir well again.
  3. Once you see the homogeneous mixture, you can start using it to scrub the floor, wall tiles or bathroom and kitchen surfaces.

To learn more about the best ways to clean the house with natural products, you can enter these other Green Ecologist articles about How to clean the bathroom in an ecological way and How to clean the oven in a natural way.

How to make a natural disinfectant for vegetables and fruits

To finish explaining how to make a natural disinfectant, we want to talk about one of the best ways to disinfect vegetables and fruits. Between the best natural products to disinfect food Lemons, vinegar, bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide stand out. Here we explain how to disinfect vegetables and fruits with vinegar:


  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 glass of apple cider vinegar or wine

Depending on the amount of food to be disinfected, you can decrease or increase these amounts, but always with this proportion as a base or approximate.

Steps to disinfect vegetables and fruits with vinegar

  1. Put the water in a pot, bucket, or kitchen sink.
  2. Add the vinegar and stir well so that it mixes with the water.
  3. Put the vegetables and fruits, previously washed under the tap to remove the largest dirt and with your hands very clean to avoid contaminating the food.
  4. Let them disinfect in the vinegar water for 10-15 minutes.
  5. With your well disinfected hands, remove the food from the water and start preparing it for the dishes you want to make. Of course, make sure that the utensils are also disinfected, otherwise this previous cleaning will not do much.

Here you can learn more about How to disinfect fruits and vegetables in a natural and ecological way. We also encourage you to watch this video to learn more about the subject.

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