DIY disinfectant and FREE ebook!

DIY disinfectant

There have been times in the past couple of weeks I’ve considered calling in an exorcist. Seriously. My family decided to tick off every strain of gastro in consecutive hits and the movie Poltergeist was playing in my head as I slept at night. Luckily for everyone, I have an iron stomach. And essential oils.

Tempting as it was to bleach the house from top to toe, I put my faith in vinegar and went through a whole litre in less than a month.Finally, everyone is well and recovered and we did it without ammonia or other harsh chemicals.

Less Toxic Living

Today I am really excited to share with you a natural disinfectant recipe from a new ebook by Kirsten over at Sustainable Suburbia. You guys are always on the lookout for ways to reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals so I know you’re going to love this book. It features articles and essays from leading low-tox living experts such as Nicole Bijlsma and Alexx Stewart, natural living gurus like Sonia from Natural New Age Mum, Sarah Wilson, and Tricia from Little Eco Footprints. You might even find an article in there by me..

Less Toxic Living covers a huge range of topics, from cosmetics to candles, plastics to preservatives, but it’s not all doom and gloom. This book is about outwitting those sneaky chemicals and living your best, natural life (without too much trouble).

Free eBook with extras for a limited time

The e-version of Less Toxic Living is free, with a paperback version to come at a small cost. The paperback version comes with a whole bunch of extra content and special offers, but to celebrate the launch of the book, Kirsten is offering all these freebies to those who download the book for free before December 3:

  • Non-toxic Cleaning Printables: Three pages of recipes and tips;
  • Printable: Which Plastics are Safe? A quick guide to the recycling codes to keep on your fridge or in your wallet;
  • Printable: How to avoid BPA & BPS. Quick tips from The Soft Landing;
  • Real Treats: Free chapter + bonus recipe from Alexx Stuart;
  • Queen B Candles discount voucher from Queen B (for a limited time only).

Download your free copy here, using the code DOWNTOEARTH to get all the free extras. You can  find out more about the print version here and read the introduction to Less Toxic Living on Amazon here.

DIY disinfectant recipe

In addition to heaps of information and tips, the book contains some of Kirsten’s fabulous homemade cleaning recipes. In light of all these late Spring bugs going around, I am very happy to share with you her disinfectant spray recipe. Trust me, it works!

Disinfectant Spray with Essential Oils
• 30-50 drops essential oils (see below)
• 1 litre vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Choose at least 2-3 of the oils listed below. Add 30-50 drops (total) per litre of
vinegar. Ideally use at least one oil from the first group.
Studies have found cinnamon, clove, thyme, and lime to be among the most effective disinfectant essential oils, while rosemary, lemon grass, tea tree, peppermint, oregano and other citrus oils are also effective. Clove leaf oil, tea tree oil and vinegar are also effective against mould. It is impossible to give the oils an exact order of efficacy, since each will be more effective against some pathogens and less against others.

It really is that easy – don’t forget to get your free copy of Less Toxic Living!



  1. Eliza says

    Thank you! I was just commenting on my blog post about our households bout of gastro last week that perhaps all the bloggers are catching it from each other!

    This recipe is perfect – we have visitors this weekend and I’m really keen to give the whole house a good clean to get rid of any lingering germs. I think I’ll hunt down some clove oil.

    I’ve been told vinegar can dissolve tile grout and isn’t good for mould in the shower – know anything about that? I’m hoping clove oil will work on it because it’s very stubborn!

    I hope you’re all feeling better this week. xo
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    • (dt)em says

      Well we bloggers do stick together… maybe a little too close, lol…
      I wouldn’t use vinegar in the shower, but a ten drops of clove oil dissolved in water should do the job. It’s best just to keep at mould for a few weeks and watch it slowly shrink, otherwise you’ll scrub and scrub, and get annoyed. Remember, it can stain so you might not get it all off :(

  2. Jess says

    Are the oils you can buy from $2 shops as effective as the (way!!!) more expensive ones you buy from health food stores?

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