3 Non-Toxic (and Affordable!) Disinfectants

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Little Girl Holding Spray BottleYour eyes know. Your nose knows. Most anti-bacterial cleaning agents are filled with noxious items.

Tufts University research finds that in most cases, over-the-counter disinfectants are unnecessary.  The study reports that these cleaners are only necessary in places with high amounts of germs, or in homes where seriously ill people live.  Everyone else can probably eliminate most bacteria through proper hygiene such as hand washing.

Here are three natural, effective disinfectants.

1. White Vinegar:

Undiluted distilled white vinegar, which you can easily find in a supermarket, kills 99% of bacteria, 82 % of mold, and 80% of germs. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle with few drops of tea tree or lavender oil. Spray and don’t rinse.

2. Warm Water and Soap:

Many experts agree that warm water and soap is effective in getting rid of bacteria. To clean an area, apply warm soapy water, use “elbow grease” to scrub well, and rinse clean.

3. Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil should never be used full strength – a couple of drops in a spray bottle is probably all you need. Keep the oil in a dark bottle since sunlight can reduce its effectiveness. Search the Internet for “tea tree oil cleaners” to find recipes.

In addition to being much less irritating, these natural cleaners have the added benefit of costing much less than the ones you buy in the store.

Of course, we use all natural, non-toxic cleaners when we clean our clients’ homes.  Shaklee is one of our favorite product lines.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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