Natural ways to disinfect and sanitize

Natural ways to disinfect and sanitize

We’ve gathered a few of the best recipes we could find for natural sanitizing and disinfecting.

Hand Sanitizer Recipe

While hot soap and water is the best way to clean your hands, a good natural hand sanitizer is great to have around. This one is from Dr. Rishi Desai, a former epidemic intelligence service officer in the division of viral diseases at the CDC, who says this recipe  will kill 99.9% of germs after 60 seconds.

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
  • 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead


  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
  • Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
  • Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”

Natural Disinfecting Spray

When used properly, essential oils have wonderful disinfecting potential. This recipe for a disinfectant spray is great for both hard surfaces and fabric. It comes from essential oil enthusiast, Sarah Lewis, of

Click HERE to get the recipe.

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

According to Sarah Lewis, of ONE, “many homemade cleaning wipes are great for cleaning, but they’re not good disinfectants.  Most DIY cleaning wipes only use vinegar, Castile soap, or detergents like Sal Suds or natural dish soap.  While those types of ingredients are great for making homemade cleaning wipes, they are not effective disinfectants.”

Following CDC guidelines, Sarah has created a recipe for wipes that also disinfect. Click HERE for the recipe for Homemade Disinfecting Wipes.

Be Safe and Be Well!

The BeWell Team

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