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Non-Toxic Cleaners You Should Use to Safely Disinfect Your Home

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Of course, we want our living space free from germs, bacteria, and even viruses. But are those strong and concentrated disinfectants worth the extra money? And who wants to breathe in and smell those chemicals floating around in the air? Skip the harsh chemical cleaners and switch to natural ones. These safe alternatives are not only better for your health, but they are less expensive too, compared to the store-bought household disinfectants you are using which contain harsh ingredients. And who knows, maybe some of the naturally antibacterial cleaners are just sitting in your pantry.

What are some of the health concerns if commercial cleaners are handled improperly?

Some ingredients of the commercial disinfectants we usually use may be hazardous to humans and domestic animals. These ingredients can be absorbed into our body through the mucous membranes, ingestion, or inhalation. Excessive use of these cleaners can cause asthma and childhood wheeze in children.

Before we enumerate the things you can use as a cleaner, I want to make sure you know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. If you are not sure, allow me to explain it to you. Cleaning only removes food residues, dirt, bacteria, and grease. While disinfecting gets rid of viruses and parasites. But always keep in mind that it is essential to clean thoroughly before disinfecting.

Eliminate toxic cleaners and disinfect your home safely using these cheap but effectual naturally antibacterial cleaners.

  • First, the power-cleaner white vinegar.

We all know how powerful vinegar can be when it comes to cleaning. It can easily remove grease, odors, mildew, stains, and even wax buildup. Vinegar is made from acetic and water and has a high acidity that can kill bacteria. However, it will not leave surfaces totally germ-free. It is less effective than store-bought cleaners but it is better if you prefer a safe cleaning method.

  • Lemon can be your weapon.

Lemons do wonder to your dishes and keep us cool when they are turned to a refreshing lemonade. But did you know that lemons can also be used to sanitize your home? Lemons have citric acid that works well on alkaline stains. These can reduce bacteria on hard surfaces and provide a nice scent. However, lemons are less effective than commercial disinfectants and even vinegar.

  • Essential Oils

Essentials oils are also powerful agents against bacteria. It can properly remove mildew, mold, and musty smells when mixed with vodka or soap and water. Their great smell is a plus! Some of the bacteria-fighting oils are citronella, lemongrass, tea tree, and orange.

  • Tea Tree Oil

We know this for being powerful in removing pimples. But tea tree oil is also a natural disinfectant. Just add about 30 drops to vinegar or water and mix in a 650 ml bottle.

  • Lavender Oil

This organic essential oil is more than just beauty and scent. It has disinfectant properties as well. Just mix a few drops with water-diluted white vinegar and it is ready to use as a floor cleaner.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Used as an antiseptic on wounds for its capability to kill bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can also be used to get rid of stains and mold.

Warning: Hydrogen peroxide can bleach colorful fibers over time.

  • Vodka

This one isn’t surprising at all because most vodka contains 40% alcohol by volume. It can be utilized to kill mold and mildew and get rid of stains and greases. It is similar to the vinegar, minus the sour odor.

  • Soap and water

Clean your house using soap and water - the original eco-friendly disinfectant. If there's no heavy-duty germ in your house, then a bucket of warm water with soap is enough to clean your floor and surfaces.

  • Combining water and heat works well too.

Steam eliminates stuck-on stains and grease when heated to at least 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also clean hard and soft surfaces, and kill dust mites, germs, and bacteria.

No matter which natural cleaner you use, always remember to clean the surfaces first before disinfecting. We hope the list we provided will help you in keeping your family and home safe and healthy, especially during this pandemic. Find more helpful tips and advice on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic by checking out Cleaning Corona.