Homemade Household Cleaners - How To Make Homemade Disinfectant

Do you like to make and use homemade household cleaners, but wonder if they really disinfect?

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Disinfection is not necessary in all situations and in all rooms of your home, but it is necessary in the kitchen and the bathroom.

If you like to use homemade cleaning products you will want to use this recipe for a homemade disinfectant, if you really want to disinfect your home's hard surfaces.

Homemade Disinfectant Recipe


  • 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent


Mix the ingredients listed above into a solution in a cleaning bucket.

If you want to put your disinfectant cleaner in a labeled spray bottle you can then pour a portion of the solution into it, or reduce the amount of solution made proportionately, so it all can fit in the spray bottle.

Make sure you use warm water because it will help completely dissolve the powdered detergent in the water and chlorine bleach solution.

Note that you should mix this solution up fresh every time that you need to use it, because once it is made it will begin to lose its disinfectant properties after approximately 24 hours.

Does Vinegar Disinfect?

Above I provided a recipe for a homemade disinfectant solution containing chlorine bleach. What about vinegar -- would that work?

No. Vinegar does not disinfect anymore than any other acid, such as lemon juice, which is to say, not much at all.

Just remember, dirt, where germs thrive, is normally acidic, so most bacteria and other germs are naturally adapted to stay alive in mild acidic environments, at least for a while.

Instructions For Use So These Homemade Household Cleaners Will Actually Disinfect

This homemade disinfectant cleaner should be used on hard surfaces, such as the ones listed below.

If, for example, you want to use this homemade cleaning product to disinfect and clean your counter you cannot just spray the cleaner on the counter and then immediately wipe it off.

Instead, you need to keep the hard surface you are cleaning wet with the solution for at least five minutes.

This is called "kill time" in disinfectant speak. No disinfectant, commercial or homemade, is instantly effective.

Instead, all types of disinfectant cleaners need to have time to kill the germs.

Only after a minimum time of five minutes should you rinse the disinfectant solution off of the surface you are cleaning and disinfecting, and let it dry.

Surfaces This Disinfectant Cleaning Recipe Can Be Used On

This solution can clean, disinfect and deodorize the following hard surfaces, so you can see it is very useful to use in a home with children.

  • Bathtubs
  • Showers
  • Sinks
  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic tile (but be careful if using it on tile with colored grout, because the solution may bleach the grout)
  • Marble
  • Hard plastic (such as washable toys)
  • Fiberglass
  • Stoves (be careful of their trim though)
  • Refrigerators (both interior and exterior)
  • Garbage cans
  • Highchairs
  • Changing tables
  • Diaper pails

Please note that you do not want a bleach solution such as this one to be used on certain metal fixtures or trim though, such as when cleaning aluminum trim on a stove or mirror, as this could damage the metal.

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