Homemade, natural, easy, non toxic, safe & super effective, disinfectant spray cleaner.
For Kitchen, Bathroom, Cutting boards, garbage cans, for during & after Illness & everything in between.
It is time to spring clean & what better way than to use natural DIY non-toxic cleaner? Vinegar & peroxide, it does not get any easier than that. I have mentioned using these to in separate spray bottles in several of my other cleaning posts since I love this simple cleaning method & I avoid bleach at all cost. But with Spring cleaning upon us I felt the need to share it again.
Vinegar: Straight 5 percent solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).
Hydrogen peroxide: Always in a dark-brown bottle as light decreases its potency. Hydrogen peroxide is created from oxygen and hydrogen molecules. It is the oxygen responsible for the killing of germs. When hydrogen peroxide is applied to a surface, it reacts quickly and then breaks down into water hydrogen. At the same time, free oxygen radicals are released; these create oxidation, a chemical process in which oxygen combines with another substance to break down or change the function of the molecules. Through oxidation, the bacteria decomposes, rendering it harmless. (more info here)
On their own, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are each strong germ killers. Used in combination, they a’re mean germ & bacteria killing machines 🙂
Virginia Polytechnic Institute ran tests and State University, pairing of vinegar & peroxide killed virtually all Salmonella or E. coli on even heavily contaminated areas making this spray combination more effective than chlorine bleach, so more excuses for using toxic bleach in your homes.
Science News research shows this pairing is 10 times more effective than disinfecting with either substance alone and more effective than bleach in the kitchen (again no need for bleach).
This combo works like gangbusters at killing salmonella. Nothing else works better. The magic is in the mix, somehow – Susan Sumner a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
But wait do not just mix vinegar & peroxide in a spray bottle, this super cleaner works when sprayed separate because it is the instant reaction that gets the results desired.
What you need – 1 spray bottle of straight white vinegar – 1 spray bottle of straight 3% peroxide – Optional: You can add eucalyptus essential oil to the vinegar bottle if you prefer.
The peroxide spray bottle needs to be either kept in the dark when not in use or simply put the spray top off of the spray bottle you buy on the peroxide bottle.
Spar whatever surface you are going to clean with one then with the other, it does not matter rather you use peroxide or vinegar first or second. Let sit for a few minutes & wipe clean if needed, works best if you let air dry on surfaces like cutting boards.
You can also mist these 2 in the air for a disinfecting room cleaner, first one then right away the other.
Easy as pie cleaning safely.
To read more about these to products check out my other blog posts:
- My top 10 uses for Peroxide, A Natural and Frugal Favorite
- My top 10 uses for Vinegar, A Natural and Frugal Favorite
- Amazing Vim of Vinegar – Cleaning – Body – Health – Pain
- Peroxide to the rescue
- DIY Natural Bleach Alternative – Laundry – Booster – Softener – Cleaner – All in one –
- Natural DIY multi-purpose disinfecting cleaner – Homemade green cleaning
Blog series of articles on How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room: All things DIY for the whole house. laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room,dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.
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