How to Safely and Effectively Disinfect Your Home

Heinz white distilled vinegar for non-toxic cleaningKeeping a home fresh and clean is not about killing as many germs as possible. It is about removing dirt and grime, which will remove most of the germs that could cause us harm.

Killing off all microbes is not the same as having a clean house. It is possible to have a fresh, clean home without using harsh chemicals or super anti-bacterial solutions to kill off every living microbe in our homes.

Disinfecting surfaces should only be done under certain circumstances and only after washing everything down, but this is rarely necessary at home when surfaces are properly cleaned and dried. There will be only a small amount of germs that can thrive with no growth medium. This small number of germs is unlikely to cause harm to anyone.

There are simple ways to cut down on germs without using cleaners at all. Take the bathroom for example. One of the best ways to keep pathogens down is to close the toilet lid before flushing. Flushing the toilet causes an aerosol action where germs are sprayed into the air. Try flushing the toilet while still sitting on it with the lid up and you’ll see what I mean.

Another way to cut down on germs without using any chemical is to start with a clean, germ free dishcloth. It is easy to disinfect the dishcloth in the microwave. Rinse the dishcloth out so there is no food or debris in it. Soak the dishcloth through completely then put it in the microwave when it is still wet. Turn the microwave on high for two minutes. Leave the dishcloth in the microwave until it has cooled, as it will be scalding hot.

Making sure the dishcloth is wet through, not leaving the microwave on for too long, and staying in the kitchen to watch for trouble while the dishcloth is in the microwave should ensure that it does not catch on fire. Use same precautions used for anything you put in the microwave.

In the event that you feel it is necessary to disinfect, there is a non-toxic solution that Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia hydrogen Peroxide for non toxic cleaningPolytechnic Institute, has tested to kill some pretty serious bugs. The procedure is to have one spray bottle filled with household vinegar and another filled with hydrogen peroxide. The vinegar and hydrogen peroxide must be kept in separate containers. It doesn’t matter what order they are sprayed on. Spray one over the other and let it set for 10-15 minutes, then wipe with a washcloth, rinse and wipe dry.

Apparently the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide work together much better than either one of them work by themselves. This can be used on foods as well, even raw meat. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar is so safe that it can be used to disinfect vegetables and fruits. For salad, spray it on, let it sit for a ten minutes, then rinse.

Remember to keep the hydrogen peroxide in a dark container or under the sink, as hydrogen peroxide deteriorates in the light.

This disinfection method can be used to clean up after preparing raw meat, when someone is ill and sanitation is more of a concern, and for toilets or diapering areas. This would be an excellent method for when sanitizing is still needed after scrubbing with a non-toxic cleaner.

Before spraying surfaces with disinfectant, make sure to wipe them clean, so no dirt, grime, or other debris remains. A surface cannot be sanitized if there are crumbs and peanut butter stuck to it. It should look completely clean before spraying on the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.

The same goes for the toilet and anything else. Wash it first, then spray it with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Rinse with a fresh, wet, hot cloth.

Even toothbrushes can be sanitized by spraying with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Leave the solution on the toothbrushes then rinse before using.

Using hydrogen peroxide and vinegar is an inexpensive DIY disinfectant. The do it yourself option works just as well as other disinfectants. At less than $5 per gallon, it is much cheaper than commercial disinfectants and will not add to toxic overload. This combination is truly the best for less money.

To get started on having a safe, non-toxic, sparkling clean home may require a few purchases, but you probably have at least enough to begin right now. Check out our supply kit for do it yourself natural house cleaning supplies.

Natural cleaning supplies do not come in containers make to use them as cleaners, so it is helpful to have a canister and scoop, along with spray bottles and some other things, but once you get the basic equipment, replacing the supplies will be cheaper than purchasing commercial cleaners. Follow the link below to begin you diy journey to a clean, safe, non-toxic home.

To read other articles in this series click on the links below:

Germs, Germs Everywhere a Germ

Recipe for Mildly Scented Vinegar and Essential Oil Cleaner

Non-Toxic Supply Kit For a Naturally Clean House

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