3 Natural Germ Killing Ingredients – Lemon, White Vinegar and Baking Soda
3 Natural Germ Killing Cleaners – Lemon, White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Cold and FLu season can strike faster than you can say AHHHchuuuuu! So here we have listed some top natural ingredients you can use to help clean those germie areas in your home to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Bacterias hide in places all over the home including, countertops, computer keyboards, door handles, telephones, remote controls and toys. When you see that someone in your family is starting to come down with the flu or a cold, spring into action by cleaning down all these surfaces. Don't forget about the air your breathing in also. We like to boil water on a stove top in a small pan with water, add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil, let the water simmer and keep an eye on the water level to make sure it doesn't all boil away. Once water is boiled add oil and simmer. The antifungal, antibacterial essential oil may kills germs that have spread to the air.
Top picks for natural, inexpensive cleaning products that will kill germs living in your home without all the harsh cleaning chemicals. Best of all, most of these items are likely in your kitchen already.
1. Lemon: Lemons are acidic and contain antibacterial and antiseptic agents perfect for cleaning contaminated surfaces. Lemons are also a natural odour eater and provide a refreshing and energizing scent.
How to use: Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle with baking soda. Use the fruit to scrub household surfaces and stains. Add salt and use to scrub contaminated cutting boards.
Tip: Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon into the wash cycle to get rid of odours in dirty clothing.
2. White vinegar: Vinegar is a disinfectant as well as a deodorizer. Not crazy about the smell? Don't worry, the smell disappears once it dries. You can also add some lemon juice to help neutralize the strong odour. Vinegar can remove stains, plus it dissolves grease and removes mildew and soap stains.
How to use: To make an all-purpose cleaner that will clean most surfaces in your home, mix one part water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Be sure to dilute vinegar properly because it can eat away at some surfaces.
Tip: You can use vinegar as a fabric softener. Add one tablespoon to the rinse cycle.
3. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate): Can be used to scrub surfaces, including shiny materials, without scratching. It's also a natural deodorizer. Add baking soda to lemon and white vinegar to make an all-purpose surface cleaner.
How to use: A solution of three parts warm water to one part baking soda with a squeeze of lemon juice or vinegar will clean most surfaces.
Tip: You can use baking soda to clean and polish aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel, copper and tin. You can also use it to unclog and clean drains.