Many common household cleaning products contain chemicals, synthetics, and dyes. While there are becoming more options available for natural cleaning products, there are some super easy recipes to make your own cleaners at home with items you probably already have in your cabinet. Below are a few a few simple recipes for different household cleaners, both general cleaners as well as cleaners that will would be good options for disinfecting with COVID in mind.
Vinegar makes a great general all-purpose cleaner because of its high acidity. Put this in a spray bottle to wipe down the counters and sink. The acidity allows it to break down soap scum and brine and cuts through grease. Have cats you’re trying to keep off tables and counters? Spray them down each day with vinegar. Cats hate the smell of vinegar. You’ll want to spray down every day or so as the smell will dissipate as it evaporates. Eventually the cats won’t even try to get on and you won’t have to spray. You can make scented vinegar by putting orange peels or some springs of rosemary. The orange is good for cutting through grease and the rosemary has amazing antibacterial properties and is great for countertops and tables.
There are a few things you do not want to use vinegar on however. Avoid using vinegar on granite and marble as it can cause pitting. Don’t use vinegar to clean egg based messes as the acid causes the proteins in the egg to coagulate, and it’ll turn into a gummy mess. Avoid using on your clothes iron, as that can cause damage to the inner workings, and using on wood furniture should be avoided.
Essential oils can also be very helpful because of the amazing properties they have like being antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and an antiseptic, plus they smell amazing!! Oregano oil is a very powerful essential oil is amazing because its power in fighting bacteria
Cleaning with COVID in Mind
To boost the cleaning power with disinfectant properties, it’s ideal to work with isopropyl alcohol, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide.
The CDC recommends these 3 cleaners to help fight against COVID. Hydrogen peroxide should be at least 3% and can be diluted down to .5%
The CDC recommends isopropyl alcohol have a concentration of 70% or 60% for ethanol. While the FDA recommends 75% for hand sanitizers, and Rutgers University recommends 70% for isopropyl.
A super easy disinfectant spray with the power to fight COVID is a 1:4 ratio of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water, and put it in a spray bottle. ¼ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide + 1 cup water
Prefer to use bleach to clean? Bleach is great to use on most surfaces, but please take care as it will damage or destroy most materials – like bleach spots on clothing. Wear gloves and don’t use on your skin as a hand sanitizer. Be sure to use this mixture within 24 hours as the disinfecting power weakens over time. Mix 1/3 cup bleach in 1 gallon of cold water
A super easy and simple hand sanitizer can be done by mixing a 2:1 ratio of 70-99% isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera. 2/3 cup 70-90% isopropyl alcohol + 1/3 aloe vera
Regular hand washing and disinfecting of surfaces will help to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.