Look through the supermarket shelves and you’ll find tons of options available for everything- even cleansers and disinfectants. While most of them really do the job well, they do come with certain downsides to their use- both for human health and for the earth in general.
That’s exactly why it is best to stick to using natural disinfectant agents as much as you can- and to help you out with just that, here we’ve shortlisted 6 things that do it right. Read on…
Vinegar, particularly white vinegar, is made using acetic acid and water, and is one of the most powerful natural cleansers there is. It helps remove everything from grease and stains to odors and mildew and even reduces wax buildup. Owing to its high acidic content, it can act as a powerful antibacterial agent too. Best of all, you probably have it in your kitchen already!
Lemon and lemon juice are both, amazingly effective at naturally cleansing and disinfecting surfaces. Thanks to its citric acid content, it can also effectively remove all those alkaline stains that you’ll find in your bathroom and kitchen. Team it up with vinegar and you’ve surely got a winning combination for a natural cleaner that works for your bathroom, kitchen and even to make oxidized metal shine.
Hydrogen peroxide is often used as an antiseptic on cuts, and quite naturally, thanks to its ability to break down cell walls of bacteria, it can also work as a powerful antibacterial agent that can be used for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in your home. Its use has also been found to discourage the growth of mold, and that’s not all- you can also use it to remove stains from your white clothes.
Yes, a the simple combination of heat and water is actually a powerful tool to clean surfaces as well, and is probably the most pocket friendly and safe disinfectant there is. You can consider investing in a steam cleaning machine- you’ll find several options available in the market, and you can use it to clean practically everything in your home- even upholstery, carpets, glass, mirrors and kitchen appliances!
A lot of essential oils, particularly tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, citronella oil, geranium oil and orange oil, cinnamon oil and eucalyptus oil are excellent when it comes to cleansing and disinfecting different parts of your home. Most of these have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can be used pretty easily as well. Plus, they leave a very pleasant odor behind after their use.
You may be surprised at this one, but yes, alcohol, specifically vodka, is an excellent natural disinfectant and cleaning agent. You can mix it together with some water and essential oils to make it even more powerful.