Do One Thing: Make Your Own Natural Antibacterial Spray.

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!

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (4)

  1. Maggie Brown says:

    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.

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

  2. Hana says:

    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!

  3. cocoanib says:

    Great advice!
    I also like tea tree mixed with some great EO’s and witch hazel for an “on the go” sanitizer.

  4. R4i says:

    I recommend trying this recipe with a twist: try using lavender! It’s very calming.

    Great post and great idea, thanks.