Natural Disinfectant

Many of the conventional cleaners are full of toxic chemicals (ok, not some, but all of them) which have been shown to have negative health effects. From respiratory issues, to infertility, and some are even carcinogenic. When you add anti-bacterial properties to them, you’d think you were doing something great for your family. And yet, using chemical anti-bacterials isn’t the answer to all our problems! These chemicals bring in health issues of their own.

And we don’t always need to sterilize everything in our paths.

Yet there are also times when disinfecting a surface can be beneficial; when handling raw chicken on a counter to or, dealing with an illness that may spread through the family. So what’s a natural momma to do?

A few years ago I ran across a couple of books on non-toxic living – one of the first issues in which I dove in to head first after having my son. And in these books it was recommended to use two simple products:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Hydrogen peroxide

When mixed together they provide an extra boost to dealing with killing unwanted bugs, and while not something considered “broad spectrum” (meaning it kills everything) the EPA states that-

“Hydrogen peroxide, well known as an ingredient in disinfectant products, is now also approved for controlling microbial pests on crops growing indoors and outdoors, and on certain crops after harvest. This active ingredient prevents and controls bacteria and fungi that cause serious plant diseases. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down rapidly in the environment to oxygen and water, and is not expected to cause adverse effects to humans or the environment when users follow label directions.”

In some studies the hydrogen peroxide was even shown to kill the e. coli bacteria.

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 Method of Use

In order to preserve the properties of the hydrogen peroxide it needs to be kept in the brown/opaque container that it comes in. To do this and make it easy to spray, you can just buy a spray nozzle and it’ll screw right on. Also buy a spray bottle for straight vinegar.

To clean a solid, non-porous surface, spray first the vinegar and then the hydrogen peroxide. Or the other way around – little things such as this don’t mean much. Wipe with a clean cloth.

So simple, yet so effective.

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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.


  1. My family has been using vinegar for over a decade now on the carpet to get rid of stains. It works incredibly well in carpet cleaners, and won’t leave you wheezing (as you mentioned) like the recommended rug shampoos. Never thought to use the two for disinfectants aside from cuts. Will try this sometime.

    I doubt it would work for dishes–instead of using soap. Do you have some recommendations for that? I have highly sensitive hands, and can’t use most dish soaps.

    • I use either Seventh Generation or BioKleen for dish soap and detergent. The SG I know you can find at Walgreens. Both work well and are for the most part – natural.

  2. The problem with white vinegar is that it smells pretty bad. Yes rhe smell goes away after a while. Use Ceylon Cinnamon leaf oil instead. It smells much better and is one of the powerful germicidal, antiseptic, anti fungal and antimicrobalyou can find.

    Ceylon Cinnamon leaf oil diluted with water/hydrogen peroxide in the ratio 68:1 is safe to use on virtually anything including toys, cutting boards (gets rid of Salmonella), kitchen sinks, refrigerators (both inside and outside), trash cans, toilets, door knobs and virtually anything that kids touch. You can make it stronger but that will irritate your skin.

    As the owner of many preschools I use this all the time. In fact I liked the Cinnamon so much I started my own company to sell Cinnamon. You can get detailed instruction on how to make a home made All-Natural Disinfectant Spray on my blog at Cinnamon Vogue. It didn’t want to put a link because they frown on these links but you can google the web site name and then go to the blog.

    Yes I know I am selling the stuff but this really is very very good.