Has it started at your house or office? It has for us–the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, germs-flying-everywhere season is here. As you know, we don’t use antibacterial soap–but that doesn’t mean that it’s a germ free-for-all at our house.
So how do I keep the germs away? We don’t use Lysol or bleach. I don’t want us breathing in those toxic fumes, especially since bleach has been implicated in cases of asthma. (source)
Believe it or not, you probably have the two items you need to disinfect your kitchen and bathroom in your house right now. Can you guess what they are?
Yep, you’re looking at hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar.
How do you use them? Just spray the hydrogen peroxide on the surface, followed by the vinegar. Let them sit for a few moments, then wipe.
By themselves, they’re somewhat effective in killing bacteria. But in tandem, they’re a powerhouse against salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. (sources: http://1.usa.gov/179jZCZ , http://bit.ly/HvHKcu)
Both are safe for kids to use, with no harmful fumes or vapors. And in addition to being nontoxic, they’re significantly cheaper than bleach or Lysol!
You can put a spray nozzle onto the store containers or repackage into other spray bottles. Be sure to keep the hydrogen peroxide in an opaque container so it doesn’t degrade.
Don’t mix the two in a single container–oddly enough, when combined they aren’t as effective as when they’re used one at a time.
If you don’t like the vinegar smell, use citrus vinegar instead of plain white vinegar.
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