DIY Essential Oil Disinfecting Kitchen Spray

The MamaZone: DIY Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaning Spray with Essential OilsI’ve wanted to mix up my own DIY Disinfecting Kitchen Spray for weeks, and I finally managed to get it done. Until now, I’ve been using a mix of vinegar and Dawn as an alternative to toxic cleaning sprays. I love that mix, but I’ve wanted something more (especially in the kitchen).

Thanks to my love affair with essential oils, I now have a disinfectant that’s safe for the kids to use. I did a little research online and spent some time on the dōTERRA blog and found a blend that will work well for us. This is my adaptation to the All Purpose Cleaner I found on their blog. There are just 4 ingredients and it’s incredibly easy to make.

DIY Natural Disinfecting Kitchen Spray

Grab Your Supplies:

  • 12 oz. or 16 oz Stainless Steel or Glass Spray Bottle (I grabbed this one from the Dollar Store)
  • 4 ounces of White Vinegar (we keep this stuff in stock at home!)
  • 8 ounces of Water
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of  On Guard Blend 
  • 10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Dish Soap (optional)


Combine your ingredients in the spray bottle and shake, shake, shake. When choosing your spray bottle, stick with glass or stainless steel since essential oils don’t always play nice with plastic!

The MamaZone: DIY Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaning Spray with Essential Oils

Why I Chose These Ingredients for My DIY Disinfecting Spray

  • Why Vinegar? Vinegar is a safe, inexpensive natural cleaner that is effective on bacteria, germs and mold (find 1,001 uses for white vinegar on VinegarTips.com!).
  • Why Lemon Essential Oil? Lemon has anti-fungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties.
  • Why On Guard? On Guard is a blend for immune support. It contains Wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils.
  • Why Grapefruit Essential Oil? Grapefruit has antiseptic and disinfectant properties (plus it smells great).

Our disinfecting kitchen spray works well in the kitchen, but it’s definitely not a degreaser, so I’m working on a blend for that. Try it yourself and let me know what you think. Find more info on purchasing the oils here.

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  • Great oils to use. My daughter uses a mixture of water and white vinegar to clean out her guinea pig’s cage. Sometimes I add some to the washing machine or dishwasher, but I haven’t concocted a spray or cleaner with it. I like essential oils for my hair and make moisturizing sprays did my hat and the kid’s.

    I bookmarked this so I can try it. I wonder if you add more of Dawn than usual would you also get a good degreaser and disinfectant in one bottle?

  • Sherri

    I love using oils, but vinegar is not recommended for use on some stone counters…. so I’ve been using hydrogen peroxide in place of the vinegar, and adding my oils to it…. it is wonderful…. now I have one cleaner for both counters, toilets, etc….

    • zonemom

      Thanks for the tip about the vinegar. I had no idea! Do you know which stones are off limits? I’ll have to make a little note in the post so people are aware.

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