It is a less known fact that the majority of household products we use on a daily basis have disinfecting or sanitizing properties that can help us kill germs and keep our houses clean
Fremont, CA: Are you running out of cleaning supplies? Don’t worry. You may be able to skip your next trip to the store by turning to items you already kept in your pantry or medicine cabinet. However, it is a less known fact that the majority of household products we use on a daily basis have disinfecting or sanitizing properties that can help us kill germs and keep our houses clean. Remember, there are some key differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing: Cleaning clears dirt and debris, sanitizing reduces the number of germs, and disinfecting kills germs. For best results, first clean surfaces with soap and water and then give disinfectants time to sit and soak in, so they can effectively do their job. Here we discuss some of the best natural cleaning supplies you probably already have on hand and their different modes of action.
This pantry staple acts as a multipurpose cleaner due to its high acidic properties. Made from a mixture of about 5 percent acetic acid and water, this versatile liquid is reliable for sanitizing most surfaces and can kill various food-borne pathogens such as E. coli, however, not strong enough to kill most viruses and is not a defense against coronaviruses like COVID-19.
Certain types of alcohol are highly effective disinfectants at 70 percent concentration. Mix these alcohols with aloe vera gel for a homemade hand sanitizer, or use undiluted to kill germs, including influenza viruses and coronavirus. Do not forget that most drinkable alcohols, such as vodka and gin, do not have a high enough alcohol concentration to serve as disinfectants, but can be used to polish metal faucets and deodorize fabrics and smelly shoes.
Yes, just the steam from hot water used under pressure acts as a powerful natural disinfectant and degreaser. Steam cleaners can eliminate as much as 99 percent of dust mites, bacteria, and germs. However, there's not enough evidence to prove that it is an effective defense against viruses.
Hydrogen Peroxide is essentially just water with an extra oxygen molecule. It can be used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and possess the power to break down fungi, Bacterias, and viruses.
Borax, also known as sodium borate or sodium tetraborate, is primarily mined from evaporated lakes in California and Turkey. It is a common ingredient in many household cleaners. Dissoluble in water, borax is excellent for killing mold, bacteria, and removing stains, and can also be used as a pesticide and insect repellent.