I had Sunday all planned out to conquer, but woke up this morning feeling like I got hit by a freight train! This does happen to the best of us, so I had to remind myself to take it easy for the day. There will definitely not be any baking going on today. My sincerest apologies.
This is flu season, and it is not playing around! We have to fortify our bodies and homes to make sure that it does not travel from one member of the family to the other. I was looking up some natural disinfectants online and found some products that most people would have in cupboards, or in their fridge.
Made from acetic acid and water, white vinegar is a power cleaner—easily cutting through grease and removing mildew, odors, stains, and wax buildup. Thanks to its high acidity, white vinegar reduces surface bacteria, making it a safe alternative to bleach. In a 1994 study by the Journal of Environmental Health, vinegar was found to reduce the amount of bacteria on a hard surface, although it was less effective than commercial cleaners. Vinegar will work for those who value a safe cleaning method and want to rid their homes of harmful chemicals, but it won’t leave surfaces completely bacteria-free.
Because most vodka is 80 proof, or 40 percent alcohol by volume, it can be used as a disinfectant to remove mold and mildew. Like vinegar, vodka degreases, removes stains, shines fixtures, and refreshes fabric—but without the lingering sour odor. For the most antibacterial power, look for 100-proof vodka (as most store-bought hand sanitizers contain at least 60 percent alcohol), and let it sit for a few minutes so the alcohol can do its job.
The citric acid in lemons works wonderfully on alkaline stains like soap scum found in bathrooms and kitchens. Lemons can also be used to sanitize non-porous surfaces and shine oxidized metal (hint: use it to make old copper pots and pans sparkle). In the same study mentioned above, lemon also worked to reduce bacteria on hard surfaces, but was less effective than both vinegar and commercial cleaners. Although lemon is less effective than vinegar, it certainly wins in the scent department.
Since the 1920s, hydrogen peroxide has been used as an antiseptic on cuts because of its abilities to kill bacteria by breaking down cell walls. It can also be used to kill mold and remove stains on white clothing. Caution should be taken when cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, as it will bleach colorful fibers and etch the surface of stone over time.
Versatile and great smelling, essential oils have a wide range of medicinal and healing properties. It comes as no surprise that they are also quite powerful agents against bacteria and fungus. When added to vodka or a solution of soap and water, some essential oils can enhance the cleaning properties, helping rid your home of mold, mildew, and musty smells. There are a bunch of bacteria-fighting essential oils to choose from, particularly tea tree, citronella, geranium, lemongrass, orange, and patchouli. Currently, scientists are still studying essential oils’ bacteria-fighting abilities, including its potential use as an antibiotic.
*Information taken from realsimple.com
Bonus Disinfectant Recipe:
Homemade Disinfectant Spray Recipe
1 ¼ Cup Water
¼ Cup White Vinegar
¼ Cup Vodka
15 Drops Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils
*Recipe taken from http://www.tipsbulletin.com
I will be using this recipe around the house using an empty spray bottle I purchased from the dollar store. Simple, natural and effective. I’m going to catch a nap but I hope you all try out a few of these everyday items, as opposed to the harsh cleaners. Let me know what works better for your home. Happy Sunday everyone!