My journey switching from store-bought to homemade, natural products for the home and body.


All-Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner with Tea Tree & Thyme Oil

Tea tree oil is known to have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities.  It can be used medicinally to treat acne, eczema, Athlete's foot, head lice, congestion, nail fungus, cuts and burns, dandruff, sinus infections, yeast infections, and more!  I still keep discovering new ways that it can be used!  It can also be used for cleaning and controlling pests in the home.

Red thyme oil is known for it's antifungal, antibacterial and anticrobial properties.  Thyme oil is also known as an air disinfectant - killing airborne bacteria.  Thyme oil is commonly used to treat infections of many kinds including viral infections and throat infections."  Click here to read more about the benefits of using thyme oil.

  • 2 c hot water
  • 1/4 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Borax
  • 1 tsp tea tree oil 
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar 
  • 5 drops red thyme oil
  • Optional:  1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp orange essential oil (Used for scent because red thyme oil has a very strong herbal smell)

Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle.  Screw on the spray top and shake vigorously.  

Simply spray and wipe clean.

CAUTION:  Tea tree oil is toxic if ingested orally and should never be used internally, so please use with caution.  In rare cases, direct contact of tea tree oil with your skin may cause an allergic reaction.  Click here for more information regarding possible problems or complications. 


  1. Hi Celeste, I came upon your blog via Pinterest. I am always interested in better ways to clean and disinfect our home. Both my grandmother and mother told me of the wonderful things that vinegar can do and I have since found many more uses. I have also recently found many great things that you can do with hydrogen peroxide. I have a large spray bottle of cleaner that I make beside the sink at all times. Store bought cleaners make me sneeze and I know they are not good for us. More people need to use gentle but very effective cleaners in their homes. Thank you for sharing.


  2. I have been using a thyme oil solution as a disinfectant cleaner for a while now. Am interested in trying yours but curious if the hot water is just for blending and how long with the fresh lemon juice I can keep the mix if I keep the bottle in the fridge (assuming the water doesn't have to stay hot)?