Try This Instead Of Toxic Lysol

You know that crazy feeling when someone is sick and you want to do something to “get the germs out” so no one else gets it?

I used to grab Lysol and spray it around the house but when I learned it was full of toxins I decided to find some alternatives.

Many of us grew up using Lysol so it’s hard to break the habit.

Our parents didn’t know how bad it was and even now it’s just becoming common knowledge.

Lysol is full of chemicals.

(keep scrolling for Essential Oils for fighting germs plus hand sanitizer recipes)

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Use Essential Oils Instead of Lysol

Ingredients like mipa-borate, ammonium hydroxide, and petroleum gases are not safe for adults much less for kids.

According to the Environmental Working Group, these chemicals can be hazardous to our skin, respiratory, and reproductive system.

So What To Do When Someone Is Sick?

There are a number of less toxic things you can do to keep sickness from spreading to other family members without resorting to using chemicals in your home.

1.Wash Your Hands

Of course, the first thing is to have everyone regularly washing their hands several times a day and anytime they have come in contact with people who are sick.

Note: According to studies washing your hands with soap or detergent causes the virus to detach from the skin and fall apart. Watch the next video to see why you should use soap when you are at home and hand sanitizer when soap isn’t available. 

My girls liked this video and your kids might, too.

2. Boost Immune System And Get Rid Of The Germs In The House

Since essential oils help boost your immune system and are great for disinfecting you can accomplish both at the same time.

When someone is sick in our house I immediately turn on the diffusers and wipe down surfaces with our homemade “Lysol” letting it sit on surfaces for a few minutes before drying.

Note: If you don’t have essential oils on hand you can make the DIY hand sanitizer without essential oils

***In case of emergency you can sanitize surfaces with 1 TBS of bleach per 1 gallon of water. Check the CDC website for more cleaning options***

Be Sure To Have A Back-Up Diffuser

There nothing worse than having your diffuser quit working when someone is sick in the house.

When someone is sick in my home we run the diffuser all day long.

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So do yourself a favor and always have a backup essential oil diffuser.

Grab that diffuser if you see it under $20.

It works great. My daughters love how it changes colors and it’s easy to operate.

Stock Up On Your Essential Oils Ahead Of Time

The best thing to do is to have everything you need ahead of time.

If you don’t, you’ll be spraying Lysol because it’s easy to grab.

You can easily get single oils or to keep things simple you could purchase an immune-boosting blend to mix with water in a spray bottle or diffuser.

In the last year, I’ve bought most of my essential oils on Amazon (I’ve put some of the best brands in my shop here),  Simply Earth, and Isagenix.  

Related: How To Clean Your Home With Essential Oils

Best Essential Oils For Killing Germs

These are some of the best single essential oils known for their abilities to kill germs and bacteria. If you have any of these on hand put a few drops in your diffuser while you are reading this. 🙂

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil – has been researched and shown to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Studies show it may inhibit influenza virus entry into the host cell and can be used as a natural disinfectant to kill germs on surfaces and in the air.

Frankincense Essential Oil – Because of its antiseptic properties, some studies suggest that Frankincense can kill bacteria and viruses, and support healthy immune function in your overall health.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Just a few drops into the air can help kill germs, relieve cough and clear sinuses. It has antimicrobial effects against many bacteria, including MRSA, viruses, and fungi.

Thyme Essential Oil – the constituents in thyme oil may protect from bacteria. According to the International Journal of Food Microbiology, thyme essential oil is potent enough to inhibit salmonella.

Lemon Essential Oil – it is thought that regular use of lemon oil cleaners around the house can help lower the chances of bacterial infections. According to research, lemon essential oil is strong enough to inhibit bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

Peppermint Essential Oil – showed the best antibacterial activity against C. difficile. C.difficile is a bacterium that thrives in toilets, bathtubs, and other objects that may be in contact with feces.

Orange Essential Oil – studies show the essential oil components of orange peels have antimicrobial activity.

Cinnamon Essential Oil – According to a recent 2018 study cinnamon essential oil and it’s constituents successfully inhibit bacteria by damaging their cell membrane.

Clove Essential Oilresearch shows that E.coli, acne-causing Staph aureus, and pneumonia-causing Pseudomonas aeurignosa are especially sensitive to clove essence.

Please note: This information, recipes, and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. These are simply things that have worked for me personally or I’ve researched for myself.

Related: Over 100 Practical and Easy Essential Oils Recipes You Can Use Today

Best Essential Oil Blends For Germ Fighting

These are 3 premade blends I personally use. They are great to have on hand to take care of all your germ-fighting needs.

  1. Isagenix Defense Shield (get it here)
  2. Simply Earth Defender Immune Boost Blend (get it here)
  3. Plant Therapy Germ Fighter (get it here)

Natural Lysol Recipes

Basic recipes for making your own DIY Lysol include the core essential oils that are great for killing germs plus others to make the scent just the way you like it.

That’s the great thing about natural cleaning. There are so many options!

Recipe #1

Melissa at has a quick DYI disinfect spray tutorial using Thyme Essential Oil.

Recipe #2

Here’s another one you can mix up. Simply add all the ingredients to a spray bottle.

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Natural Lysol Recipe

Recipe #3

Justine at Shine From The Inside created this recipe including the following oils in her spray:

2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
3-4 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1-2 Drops Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
1-2 Drops Thyme Essential Oil
2 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Recipe #4

Tonetra Smith shared her recipe and video below including the following ingredients:

1 Cup Water
1 Cup Vinegar
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 Drops Orange Essential Oil

Related: DIY Disinfectant Fabric Spray Recipes

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipes

Recipe #1’s easy recipe for hand sanitizer.

2/3 Cup 99% Rubbing Alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
1/3 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (get it here)
8-10 Drops Essential Oil, optional (such as lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
bowl and spoon
recycled liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle

Mix the ingredients together and use the funnel to pour them into the bottle. Screw the pump back onto the bottle and it’s ready to use.

Recipe #2

Homemade Hand Soap Recipe

Shopping Cart Disinfecting Spray

DIY Shopping cart spray using essential oils to kill germs.

Diffuser Blends For Immune Support And Killing Germs

#1 Diffuser Blend For Sick Kids

Make this master blend by AromaheadBlog then add 10 drops of the blend to your diffuser.

50 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
25 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
25 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
13 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Essential Oils For Preventing Sickness

Do you use oils for cleaning and disinfecting around your home? If so, let me know your favorite.





Reader Comments

  1. Dionne says:

    How much Germ Fighter would you use in this recipe?


    1. Stacy Russell says:

      Hi Dionne, I have a small spray bottle and usually put about 20 drops in with water.
      However, you might find this article by plant therapy helpful. They mention Germ Destroyer when using it for kids.
      I will update this post because I actually have both.
      Also, I have a new oil called Defender by Simply Earth that I think will work about the same.

  2. Stacy this is such great information! Isn’t it great there are really healthy and safe alternatives to toxic cleaners out there? Thank you so much for sharing some helpful recipes and tips!

    1. Stacy Russell says:

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, it’s great to have alternatives and that more people are learning about them.

  3. Celeste says:

    Would witch hazel work in place of water?

    1. Stacy Russell says:

      Since many people use it for cleaning and on their skin I bet it would be great to add to your DIY Lysol.

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