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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Homemade Anitbacterial Cleaner

I am really enjoying delving into making more of my own cleaning products.  The first question I always get is "how do you know it's really clean?  You need chemicals for that."  My answer, essential oils.  There are at least 14 essential oils that have antibacterial properties and many are also antifungal and antimicrobial. Before I get to the cleaner recipe, I'm going to take some space to list the oils for you so when making your cleaner you can choose the ones that suit your needs.  You are welcome lol

In a lab test, 14 oils were evaluated against Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. For most essential oils examined, H. influenzae was most susceptible, followed by S. pneumoniae and S. pyogenes, and then S. aureus. Penicillin-susceptible and -resistant S. pneumoniae were comparable in susceptibility. Escherichia coli, which was used as a control, showed least susceptibility.  (source:

In plain english I'm pretty sure that means that the first one listed was most affected while E coli wasn't affected as much.


  • Cinnamon 
  • Lemongrass
  • Perilla
  • Wild Thyme
  • Red Thyme
  • Geraniol Thyme
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Spike Lavender
  • True Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus
  • Citron
  • Lavender
  • Tea hierarchy
  • Myrrh
  • Lemongrass
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
And don't you know I closed the site before I copied the link for the source..dag nabit...I will google it again and add it in later.  Now on to the recipe!

Homemade AntiBac Cleaner

You will need:
 a clean spray bottle
essential oils of choice (I use at least 2, usually lavender and eucalyptus or lemongrass)
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide 3%
10-20 drops essential oils
water to fill your bottle

Hope this new year finds you all well and cold/flu free!  Although if you do happen to be sick, this cleaner is great to make sure it doesn't stick around on cabinets/counters/faucets/toilets!!  If you make this, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!!!!


  1. My friend and I are going to share our oils and male this on Tuesday. I have four grubby kids so I'm looking forward to making this like I make the laundry soap. Thank you very much for the info!

  2. No problem! In using this cleaner over the past couple days, I have realized it works for much more! it cleaned my dirty stove with almost 0 effort and with a little scrubbing got a poop stain out of the carpet!

    Let me know how you like it!!!!

  3. Sorry for the delayed reply, but we made it and love it. I have a bottle in the kitchen and every bathroom. Works great, and so inexpensive. Thank you!

  4. thats great! another thing i have done is infused my vinegar with citrus oil (by putting orange peels/lemon rinds in it and letting them soak for a couple weeks). smeels so good!