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DIY Non-Toxic Gym Equipment Disinfectant Spray {made with essential oils!}

  • Published on: 26 December, 2016
  • Last update: 26 December, 2016


It’s about that time again where it’s too cold for outdoor cardio in NY, so I’m back in the gym pumping my lymphatic system with some cycling & elliptical time! It’s so important to move your body every day (even if it’s just for a walk around the neighborhood) because your lymphatic system relies on movement and muscle contraction to manually pump your lymph fluid. Your circulatory system has a heart to pump your blood without you having to think about it – but your lymphatic system needs a little push!


The only problem I have now that I’m moving my body in the indoors, is hot sweaty gyms can be an incubator for germs! Did you know that 12% of women and 34% of men don’t wash their hands after leaving the restroom?! I’m totally done grossing you out – but this leads right into my DIY disinfectant recipe for gym equipment. It is completely non-toxic and free of harsh chemicals. The sprays that my gym provides are loaded with phthalates & fragrances that can wreak havoc on your hormones (specifically by acting as estrogen – which makes you retain water + weight!) Use this recipe to spray your equipment instead:


  • 1/2 Distilled Water
  • 1/2 White Vinegar (general disinfectant that kills mold + bacteria)
  • 10-20 Drops Tea Tree Oil (highly anti-fungal + anti-microbial, shows activity against MRSA and staph)
  • 10 Drops Rosemary Oil (natural antiseptic)

NOTE: Make this in a glass spray bottle – always use glass for essential oils!

I also bring my own hand soap to the gym so I can wash up before I head home. My gym uses the hot pink anti-bacterial soap that contains triclosan, which is linked to abnormal endocrine/thyroid function, contributes to antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and can interfere with muscle function. This bottle has a good ol’ mix of Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap and water. It’s the little steps that make the most difference! x

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Hi Catalina – it depends on what you consider “other items” – @Team Organic Olivia

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