Homemade lemon disinfectant for home

Make your own natural disinfectant for home with safe, non-toxic, inexpensive household products! Get your house as clean and disinfected as you would with store bought products with this simple lemon disinfectant!

Lemon disinfectant

Image of homemade natural disinfectant for home in a green spray bottle, next to a bottle of essential oils and lemon fruit

This natural disinfectant is one of my best buddies, always on hand and totally reliable! My house is nowhere as clean as I would love it to be or as one might be thinking it truly is (I do project myself as a cleaning freak but truth is, I’m a total mess! I’m just very good at pretending lol).

I barely have time to clean my house properly (and to me that means deep cleaning the heck out of every nook and cranny!). I normally do an extensive clean up once a week and a deep clean once a month, but I totally rely on the touch ups I do here and there using my homemade natural disinfectant, whenever I spot something that doesn’t seem quite clean.

I love using this home disinfectant to remove germs and bacteria, every time I finish using my kitchen counter. I also use my handy dandy homemade disinfectant spray to clean my cutting boards (which smell super yuk especially after cutting meat, fish, onions and garlic). This natural disinfectant spray is an awesome help in the bathroom too, for sinks and tubs and even in the fridge to help eliminate odors. I sweat to you, my natural disinfectant is such an amazing product and it only takes minutes to make so I’m never out of it!

Image of lemon disinfectant in a light green spray bottle, next to a bottle of essential oils and a lemon fruit

And it’s so convenient! My natural disinfectant uses household ingredients I always have in the house and chances are you do too, it’s affordable, inexpensive and non-toxic, making this lemon disinfectant a much better choice for the environment than the store bought products. I love adding lemon essential oils for extra cleaning strength and for that wonderful scent. It’s just so beautiful and fresh!

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Natural disinfectant

Homemade disinfectant


  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil for extra strength (I use Young Living oils because these are powerful and created to work perfectly with our bodies; and also Young Living is a super trusted source!)


  • Mix vinegar, baking soda and hot water in a small bucket.
  • Squeeze in the juice from a lemon then drop the rind in too.
  • Stir well to dissolve the baking soda and allow to cool.
  • Strain through a fine sieve and remove the lemon rind.
  • Add the essential oils.
  • Transfer to a spray bottle.

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  1. Please explain to me how this is con considered a disinfectant??? I would love to make and use this as a disinfectant but I’m just not sure that it can be considered as such.

    1. Hi, Ann! Lemon vinegar solution is a disinfectant because it contains acetic acid and citric acid, which can both effectively kill bacteria and viruses. The acidic environment created by the vinegar and lemon juice helps create an unfavorable environment for the growth and survival of pathogens. In addition, vinegar has been used for centuries as a natural cleaning agent due to its antimicrobial properties. It’s effective in killing many common household germs, making it a useful option for disinfecting surfaces. It’s important to note that while homemade lemon vinegar solution can be an effective disinfectant, it may not be as potent as commercial disinfectants that have been specifically formulated to meet government regulations. However, it can still be a great natural alternative for everyday household cleaning and disinfecting.

      1. Thank you so much for explaining!
        I’m going to try it. 🙂

  2. Deborah Fox says:

    OMG I am sorry but I cannot stand how man pop up ads come up on your site! I have one every few seconds and cant even get to your post easily with out closing a million windows!

    1. I’m sorry to bring you bad news but it seems like you have a virus in your computer. If you’re reading my blog on a desktop, there’s just one pop up, to my newsletter, which you can easily ignore by just clicking out. If you’re reading it on mobile, there’s no popup whatsoever.

  3. Katrine Schleiger says:

    Hi Petro!
    I just wanted to let you know that I have taken the Disinfectant of my blog post about spring cleaning. I am very sorry you felt this isn’t appropriate, my intention wasn’t to hurt your feelings. I think it is a wonderful recipe and sharing it, including a link to your site, seemed to be the right thing for me as I am overhauling my cleaning supplies. But of course I respect that you don’t want that. Thank you for letting me know. I was going to leave a comment on your blog about it too but my little boy has been sick all day and I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Have a lovely Friday and weekend! I sure am ready for it :). Katrine x

    1. Hi Katrine. Thanks, I appreciate it. Don’t get me wrong, I know you had good intentions, but specifying all the details, like the ingredients and the method doesn’t give your readers any reason to click back to the page where the original tutorial is. The practice is to mention the name of the product, maybe a couple of ingredients without the exact measurements and then link back to the original project. This is a win/win for both sides and that’s what myself and my circle of bloggy friends have been doing for years.
      Have a wonderful weekend and I hope your little boy feel better soon!

      1. Hi . I may have over looked but what exactly is the recipe? What is all in it

      2. The recipe is under Ingredients and Directions, Sandra. Just need to scroll down a bit

  4. I love using vinegar and baking soda and now lemon. Stumbled!

    1. Thanks so much Patti! Hugs