DIY: Homemade Window Cleaner & Surface Disenfecting Spray

Before we started even eating in a more natural/organic way, my husband’s oncologist encouraged us to take a look at the household chemicals we were using around the house.  (He had been battling a rare auto immune blood disease).  Almost right away we starting cutting out many commercial cleaners.  But I am very germ conscious, so I wanted to make sure what I was going to use would actually get the job done.  After reading quite a few articles, I soon found out that some of the items I already had in my pantry were just as effincent if not better at getting rid of all those nasty germs if not better!  But without all those harmful chemicals!  So we have been trying many concoctions to find some we like.

Recently we used a credit I had on OpenSky to receive a kit to make your own cleaners.  It essentially was a micro-fiber cloth, two spray bottles and a small bottle to mix cleaners.  The cool thing about all the bottles is that the have a lemon juicer built right into the top of the bottle!  No more lost juice or stickiness!  It just juices right into the bottle.  When we received them, both my kids were eager to give it a try.  I put it on the shelf until I actually need to make some cleaners.

So we pulled these off the shelf grabbed some lemons, vinegar, water & Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap and started juicing!  Well as you can see Austin eagerly took care of that part for me, being ever so cautious to make sure he was getting all the juice out.

Here are the super easy, inexpensive recipes for making your own window cleaner & surface disinfectant:


  •  1/4 tsp of castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 2 cups of water

Add the ingredients, then mix and give it a good shake and you should be ready to go!



  • Juice of 1/2 of lemon
  • 1 part vinegar (1 cup vinegar to 1 cup water)
  • 1 part water

Add the ingredients and shake to mix thoroughly.

8 thoughts on “DIY: Homemade Window Cleaner & Surface Disenfecting Spray”

  1. Hi! I a so happy to have come across this article… I was wondering if you mix up a spray bottle of the lemon/vinegar/ water solution, how long it lasts before it needs to be replaced? Thanks!

    1. I replace mine about every month but that is about how long it takes me to use the bottle since we use it on everything and clean our sliding glass doors from the animals almost daily. You can extend the life of it if you are worried by refrigerating it.

  2. I am looking for a disinfectant spray that I can spray and not have to wipe down. Would this recipe be one I can use? If not, do you have a suggestion on how to make one?

    1. This would be fine to not wipe away if you are working with a sealed surface. Be more cautious with surfaces like tile grout as you don’t want to break it down. But I spray it and leave on countertops, toys and even one of our desks.

  3. Awesome that you’re sharing this with the world.. I’ve been using lemon juice & vinegar in a bottle with water for years. People think Im nuts, but I know my kitchen is perfectly clean & safe.
    I think it does a fantastic job myself! Good for you for doing great things for your family.

    I’ve also see people on other blogs say it only lasts for 3 days and then you have to pour it out which is not true. I keep mine in a spray bottle till its gone.. Months worth.. Such a sad waste.

    If you arent aware of it, another product you can use for deodorant that works way better than any deodorant, is using pure milk of magnesia.. just swipe or spritz some on.. drys quick & works better than any clinical deo. Also, make sure you get the generic version with no other ingredient than Magnesium hydroxide. Its believed that the aluminum in deodorants contribute to cancers & alzheimers. Either way, whether ir does or doesnt, it works AWESOME & its not harmful.

    1. I have yet to really find a natural deodorant that works well for me. I am one of those with funky body chemistry. That is on my to do list this year, find one that works for me! That’s for the suggestion, I will give it a try!

  4. I absolutely love the built in juicer- I had no idea anything like that even existed!

    I started using vinegar and baking soda for the majority of my cleaning a couple of years ago. With three kids and all their friends passing through the house we do have a lot of germs. I have been pleasantly surprised that the vinegar does seem to do a great job at killing all those germs. We haven’t seen an increase in illnesses at all.

    I found your blog through blogelina’s classroom link. I am a wannabe homesteader too and have been working towards a cleaner life due to my fibromyalgia.

    1. When I saw it I thought it was an awesome idea & it makes it so easy for my little man to help me out! I think people just have a mind set they need cleaning products to clean, but it is just marketing! I have found, like you that simple things you have in your pantry work just as well and you aren’t left feeling yucky after cleaning!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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