7 Natural Disinfectants to Give You a Healthy Spotless Home
Doing chores can be such a drag and chemical disinfectants can become perilous for the little people in your home, which is why some of these natural options might just be the perfect choice to make. They are easy, they are clean and, best of all, completely natural.
What exactly can you use to wipe away that bacteria without chemical-laden expensive sprays and cleaning materials?
- Go for the Vinegar: Inexpensive, non-toxic and biodegradable, it can be as effective as commercial cleaners for the most part. Use either white, malt or rosemary-infused. It won't however, get rid of salmonella from your chopping boards. How to use it? Mix 1/4 – 1/2 cup vinegar per cup of water. You can add some essential oil of bergamot, orange, or lemon to this solution to make it smell good and also to increase its’ antibacterial properties.
- Hydrogen Peroxide to Wipe Away Salmonella: Where vinegar won't reach, H2O2 will. Approved as a safe and mostly natural disinfectant, you can use it to clean off your wooden cutting boards, counters and most surfaces while leaving a nicely clean smell. How to use it? You may mix it with vinegar to make it all the more potent and kick bacteria behind or on its own as a spray with equal amounts of water and in liquid form on a rag to wipe off any surface you wish to disinfect.
- Cinnamon and Cloves Will Disinfect Your Air: It's well known that the average air freshener is bogus, not actually freshening anything but simply masking one scent with another, coating nasal passages with an undetectable oil film or diminishing one's sense of smell through it's chemicals. Cloves and cinnamon, however, do the exact opposite and quite simply what you want and need in your home. They freshen your air. How to use it? Boil the two together and let your home embrace the warm scent. You will never go back to a commercially sold one again.
- Add Baking Soda to that Vinegar: Vinegar likes popping up it seems, hence making the top of this list. With baking soda, your kitchen sink, your bathroom tiles, your carpet, and many others. How to use it? Sprinkle some baking powder on the surface, scrub, rinse and cover with paper towels soaked in vinegar before wiping it fully clean. Reader's digest has some amazing concoctions for deep-cleaning your bathrooms, kitchens, tiles, sinks, refrigerators, and carpets.
- Baking Soda Also Means Less Detergent: Once again standing side by side with vinegar, baking soda has shown water softening abilities which means less chemicals in your laundry. Half the amount of bleach will also be used when adding baking soda. So you get more vibrant colors and cleaner clothes with half the chemical use. How to use it? Add half a cup of the baking soda for top-load and 1/4 cup for the front-load laundry. Enjoy the results!
- Do you love Canada Dry? You are most definitely not alone if you love the club soda, particularly if you want to clean your home. Counter tops, carpets, stainless steel appliances, nuts and bolts, jewelry, and porcelain all also love club soda. How to use it? spray it on the surface and wipe for a clean shine. Carpets and clothing will need to be rubbed or blotted, respectively, before wiping. The latter is then thrown into the wash.
- Essential Oils Make Great Antiseptics: When it comes to antibiotic resisting bacteria, tea tree oil works wonders at decapitating those unwanted pests. How to use it? In a spray bottle, combine and shake for full effect: 2 cups of water, 1/2 a teaspoon of liquid soap, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 20 drops of the amazing tea tree essential oil.
There you have it! You now know how to disinfect your home naturally.
Do share with us once you try any of these methods!