Many commercial cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals that can cause nasty respiratory problems, skin irritations and pollute the air in your home. Research has indicated that some chemicals in cleaning products are also suspected and/or proven carcinogenics.
When you make a natural disinfectant cleaner from inexpensive, common household pantry ingredients such as vinegar, borax and water, you can help reduce your chemical exposure and keep your house as clean as store-bought disinfectants.
Inexpensive natural kitchen disinfectants
Use a natural disinfectant on your kitchen counter tops to reduce the risk of food-borne illness when preparing meats and seafood. Animal products contain germs that range from e-coli to salmonella. These can cause severe diarrhoea and food poisoning in humans.
Pour two cups (473 ml) of water into a spray bottle. If you recycle your old disinfectant bottle, rinse it thoroughly to remove trace chemicals.
Add 20 drops of tea tree oil to the bottle. Tea tree oil is a naturally-occurring essential oil with anti-fungal properties that can kill staphylococcus, e-coli, shigella, and salmonella. Tea tree oil is usually obtainable from health shops.
Measure two tablespoons of white spirit vinegar. The acidic qualities in vinegar help to kill germs and reduce microbial growth. This makes it an ideal and safe natural kitchen disinfectant. Combine the vinegar with the tea tree oil and water, then shake.
Combine half a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with the water, tea tree oil and white spirit vinegar. Dishwashing liquid gives extra cleaning power to homemade kitchen disinfectants.
Shake the disinfectant cleaner to blend ingredients and begin cleaning your kitchen surfaces.
Inexpensive natural bathroom disinfectants
Make your own eco-friendly and inexpensive bathroom disinfectant to clean grimy baths, showers and toilets. The biodegradable ingredients used in homemade disinfectants comprise natural products. These are generally safer and just as effective as those used in commercial disinfectants.
Obtain a second spray bottle large enough to hold three cups (710 ml) of water. Remove all previous cleaning residue remaining in the container.
Measure two tablespoons of borax and pour into the bottle. Borax is a naturally-occurring powder consisting of sodium, boron and oxygen. This powerful substance is a disinfectant and bug repellent and will not harm septic systems or plumbing.
Add three cups (710 ml) of hot water to the spray bottle with the borax.
Pour four tablespoons of white spirit vinegar into the spray bottle, then shake to combine. For heavy cleaning jobs add half a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to make an even more effective, eco-friendly bathroom disinfectant.
Safety tips
Use biodegradable, quick-dry cotton cleaning cloths when disinfecting. These cloths help prevent bacterial growth and are not treated with triclosan â?? an anti-bacterial agent found in most commercial cleaning sponges that is suspected of creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Use gloves and keep your windows open when handling borax. Although borax is non-toxic and natural, it can cause skin and lung irritations.

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