There are quite a few alternative ways to clean and disinfect your home when you don’t have access to the most basic of cleaning supplies. All you need are a few household products and a couple of spray bottles to get the job done and to keep your family healthy.
White vinegar is a natural disinfectant that can be used in so many places in the home. Vinegar is great for cleaning rust stains, hard water stains and gunky buildup. It works great for cleaning your coffee pot, whitening your whites and is a great option for making and storing as a cleaning product for later use. It’s good to note that even though vinegar is a safe alternative to bleach, it won’t kill all bacteria on surfaces.
Baking soda is a natural odor eater. It works well to remove odors from areas such as the refrigerator, garbage cans and diaper pails. By placing a little on a damp cloth, you can easily wipe down counters, tubs, sinks and your stove. Baking soda also works well to keep your drains clean and clear. While baking soda may not be a disinfectant on it’s own, it works amazingly well with vinegar and other natural disinfectants to create a paste for the ultimate scrubbing power!
Vodka often comes as 80 proof or 40 percent alcohol. It works the same as vinegar to remove mildew, buildup and is a natural degreaser. To use Vodka as a disinfectant, look for 100 proof or 60 percent alcohol. Apply to the surface you need to clean and allow to sit for a few minutes before wiping off. This will allow the alcohol to kill off the germs.
Even though lemon may clean similarly to vinegar, it’s disinfecting power isn’t as strong. It can be effective in cleaning non-porus surfaces fairly well and will leave a pleasant scent behind. It is also effective in cleaning soap scum in the bathroom and giving a shine to to oxidized metal.
Hydrogen peroxide is similar to rubbing alcohol for it’s use as an antiseptic for cuts, but it’s also a great cleaner. It will work great for killing mold and removing stains from white clothing. Unfortunately, there are some downsides to using hydrogen peroxide. It will bleach colored clothing and fabric and will etch stone over time.
Steam cleaners are affordable and useful throughout your home. With temperatures of the water reaching around 200 degrees, steam cleaning is a fabulous and simple method for disinfecting both hard and soft surfaces. Using steam as a cleaner may be a slower alternative, but it is highly effective. When done properly, it can remove bacteria, germs, pathogens and even dust mites!
I hope these alternative ways to clean and disinfect your home will help you not only keep your family healthy, but also allow you to do so more naturally!