Germs are kinda gross. And while I think that a healthy body can often times fight off many different types of viruses and bacteria, I’m not one to test my body (or my families). We like to share here in our house – but sickness is something we try to keep to ourselves as well.
I gave up bleach* years ago, and that seems to be the go-to standard for killing everything around. The other option is anti-bacterial soaps and sprays that contain things like triclosan and other chemicals to kill the germs. I prefer to avoid both.
When we have an illness that strikes our house (hello stomach bug and strep throat that hit last month), or I’ve been in the kitchen dealing with raw meats on the counter, I grab just a couple of bottles from my natural cleaning kit.
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and Vinegar
I keep a spray bottle of both in the cupboard and never actually mix them together. If you do, the hydrogen loses all it’s……hydrogen. Or something.
Just note that the hydrogen peroxide needs to be kept as a single ingredient and stay in a dark-colored bottle, preferably the one you bought it in. (I just found it a couple of weeks ago IN a spray bottle already. Previously, I just bought a spray nozzle and screwed it right on to the top instead of the cap)
1. Spray hydrogen peroxide over surface.
2. Spray vinegar over surface.
3. Let sit for a couple of seconds and wipe clean.
- When I’m washing off things like door knobs, light switches, and toys, I get a cloth wet with vinegar and just follow the sprayed hydrogen peroxide with a wipe of the cloth.
- You can also add in 10-20 drops of tea tree oil to each cup of vinegar in the bottle for extra anti-bacterial/anti-fungal power.
*if you’re still needing bleach for whitening clothes, try a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, and water as found on Crafty Little Gnome. Spraying the clothes and directly line drying will help boost whitening power as well.
Also? I don’t have my own laboratory so I’ve never been able to research the effectiveness of this cleaner or figure out how it works compared to bleach. But in our home, this is the alternative we use.