Do One Thing: Make Your Own Natural Antibacterial Spray.

David Quilty


February 11, 2009

This weeks’ Do One Thing is about making a natural antibacterial spray. In the last however many years, the idea that we have to spray antibacterial cleaners all over our house and children has come to be fact, when it’s not at all. We actually need germs to survive, and if we “teach” them to evolve to get away from our antibacterial sprays, we will be in big trouble. BUT if you feel like you need it for that once in a while thing (family full of the flu, for example), here is how to make a healthier version.

Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle:
1 teaspoon of essential oil of mint or rosemary
1 cup of white vinegar

That’s it! You can now spray this on hard, non-porous surfaces to try to fight some germs. But please, do not overuse it – we need most germs that are present everywhere!


  1. Besides handwashing, there is something else that can be done to prevent the spread of germs. That is teaching children to cough and sneeze into their elbows, which physicians recommend. Check out this new drug-free and safe program: Germy Wormy Germ Awareness for Germ Transportation Vehicles ages 2 ”“7. If you have and/or work with them, its priceless.

    Give kids a PLACE to give their germs to ”“ instead of you!

  2. I just wanted to say that although rosemary and mint are great tea tree (melaleuca) is much better at disinfecting and lavender is a close second. I have been using tea tree as a household cleaner for over a year now, i usually make it myself with the essential oil however you can purchase this product from Melaleuca, a household cleaning brand. youll find them online and can purchase products from at home retailers. i also use lavender as an on the go hand sanitizer but im a firm believer in using soap and water if at all possible! hope this helps!

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