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DIY Disinfecting Aromatic Vodka Spray Cleaner


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DIY Disinfecting Vodka Spray Cleaner

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What else can you do with vodka besides mixing a bang-up martini? Try using it for green cleaning! Great for countertops, faucets, bathroom tile, mirrors, you name it.  Vodka is a great choice for eco-friendly cleaning.  With it's high alcohol content, it kills mold and mildew and disinfects well. Plus, it’s fantastic for shining fixtures.

Don’t worry. Your friends won’t think you’ve just finished having a cocktail party without them.  The smell of vodka dissipates and when you add in natural essential oils, which have antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, a nice fresh scent will linger.

As a bonus, essential oils even provide some health benefits while you clean. For example, lavender calms the nervous system. Because they come directly from plants, they are also environmentally friendly and biodegradable, which makes them absolutely great for the earth and you.

So, give this all-purpose “cleaning cocktail” a try! No need for the expensive stuff. The cheap drug store variety works just fine. (How often can you say that?!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 4 ounces water
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 12-24 drops of essential oil


This recipe makes 8 ounces, so multiply the ingredient amounts as needed to fit the size of your spray bottle.

  1. Choose one or a combination of essential oils. (See more information below.)
  2. Using a measuring cup and funnel, which are great tools to have for making your own products, pour the vodka and the water into a spray bottle.
  3. Add the essential oils directly to your spray bottle.
  4. Shake the bottle to incorporate the essential oils.
  5. Store the bottle out of direct sunlight or heat, which can change the chemical constituents in the essential oils.
  6. To use, spray any areas that need to be cleaned. Then simply wipe off. For tougher cleaning jobs, like grout, use a tooth brush or scrub brush, and then rinse well.

Depending on your "mood," try these scents, which are combinations of the top five essential oils to use in your green cleaning.

  • Lavender with tea tree: Relax and clean away with this disinfecting combo.
  • Lavender and orange: Lift your spirits.
  • Lavender and peppermint: Get pepped up for cleaning.
  • Lemon: Brighten your mood.

Other essential oils to try include bergamot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lime, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.


  • When disinfecting or trying to kill mold, leave the spray on for a few minutes to let the alcohol do its job.
  • After showering, spray this on tile to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Use it on doorknobs, light switches, and more for quick eco-friendly disinfecting.
  • Spray a little into the air as a natural room deodorizer.
  • Buff mirrors and fixtures dry with a soft, eco-friendly cloth, such as those described in "Top 10 Green Cleaning Tools."

Note: Store your vodka spray out of reach of little ones. It has alcohol in it after all!

Caution! It is important that you use essential oils safely. If you get essential oils in your eyes, flush with water for 10-15 minutes. Consult a doctor if irritation persists. If you get essential oils on your skin, wash with soapy warm water. One exception: Lavender doesn't harm the skin; in fact, it is often used directly on the skin to treat burns, insect bites, etc.

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