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DIY Disinfectant Spray (Homemade Lysol)

How to make your own disinfectant spray at home without toxic chemicals.
Keyword: chemical free cleaning spray
Author: Don't Mess With Mama


  • 2-3 lemons
  • 1.5 cups vodka (140 proof or higher)


  • In a 16 oz spray bottle, add peels of 2-3 lemons.
  • Fill jar with with 1.5 cups of vodka (140 proof or higher).
  • Ideally, let lemon peels sit it the vodka for 1-2 weeks to get the lemon oil from the peels. If you don't have the time, you can start using right away.
  • Shake well and put the spray nozzle on.
  • To use, spray on surfaces and let sit for a minute to disinfect. Then wipe up with a paper towel.


You can add water as needed to this recipe depending on the proof of the vodka or alcohol used. For instance if you used alcohol with 95% alcohol content, you could do a about a 3:1 ratio with alcohol and water to meet the CDC 60% alcohol content recommendation for a disinfectant.