Use Cinnamon & Disinfectant To Make A DIY Cleaning Spray

Cleaning your home is essential to maintaining your hygiene as well as the beauty of your furniture and property. However, some cleaning solutions may be too abrasive for your laminate floors, leather seats, and hardwood furniture. There's also the issue of undesirable smells like bleach and ammonia lingering long after you've finished cleaning. It's no wonder why homeowners sometimes prefer to drum up some DIY cleaning solutions instead in order to control the fragrance of their homes while ensuring the effectiveness of the product. Cinnamon is the go-to ingredient for a DIY cleaning spray that keeps your home smelling fresh. When coupled with other ingredients like lime juice and disinfectants, the mixture is guaranteed to leave your home, furniture, and appliances looking spotless and smelling delicious.

Preparing your own cleaning spray allows you to tailor the solution to meet your needs and avoid using chemicals that could erode your furniture. Cinnamon is a known antibacterial and antifungal spice, while lime juice is antimicrobial and can clean rust. When you throw these two ingredients together with disinfectants, you get the ultimate naturally-scented cleaning solution for your whole house.

Cinnamon sticks form the base for this cleaning spray

TikTok home hacks enthusiast @fyruta gives a detailed recipe for their treasured cinnamon-based cleaning spray. Start off by boiling a few cinnamon sticks in about 4½ cups of water until the water turns brown with the essence. You can also stick a bowl containing the ingredients in the microwave for about five minutes. Once it's ready, take it out and let it sit until it cools down. Remove the cinnamon sticks, then add 3 tablespoons of a lime-scented disinfectant like AJAX and mix. Next, squeeze in the juice of a whole lime using a manual juicer so you don't accidentally get the pulp and seeds in there, too. Once those ingredients are combined, pour in about 5 ounces of another scented disinfectant like Pine-Sol to complete the job and mix again. 

Fill up a spray bottle with the liquid and use it on virtually any surface in your house for a sweet, fall fragrance. You can clean your kitchen appliances with it as well as any woodwork and leather surfaces like your home office desk and chair. Another benefit is that the spray is also effective against some common pests that don't stand a chance against cinnamon's overpowering scent. Intruders like rats, ants, and roaches hate cinnamon, so this spray will help repel these pests with every use.