Monday, March 09, 2020

Natural disinfectants from household items

Household items like White Vinegar and baking soda are effective disinfectants and much safer to use than the commercial varieties loaded with toxic chemicals. They are also much cheaper. Here are a few examples of their use: 

White Vinegar:

* Use equal parts White Vinegar and water and wash down walls and 
counter tops.  Also effective on interiors such as refrigerators and drawers.

* An excellent window cleaner.

* Clean a coffeemaker by filling the reservoir with a mixture of White
Vinegar and water, Run it through a brewing cycle and follow with
several cycles of water to rinse thoroughly.

* Use ½ teaspoon of White Vinegar in place of 1 teaspoon of lemon
juice in savory recipes.

* Cover rusted tools with White Vinegar and soak for 24 hours. The next
day scrape clean with Brillo. (My late husband swore by this.)

* To kill weeds between cracks in paving stones and sidewalks fill a spray
bottle with straight White Vinegar and spray multiple times on them. 

Baking Soda:

* Erase crayon, pencil and ink from painted surfaces by sprinkling
Baking soda on a damp sponge. Rub clean and rinse.

* Unclog a drain. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain. Then
slowly pour ½ cup of White Vinegar after it. Let sit for 5 minutes,
(covered if possible). Follow with a gallon of boiling water.

* If you have marble countertops stick to warm water and baking soda 
to safely disinfect without harming the surface. 

* Settle a stomach during occasional indigestion. Stir ½ teaspoon
baking soda into a1/2 cup of water and drink. (Safer and much less
expensive than otc antacids.

* If you find you are out of toothpaste don't panic. Just dip your tooth
brush in water, sprinkle on baking soda and you're all set.



Blogger Tabor said...

All good ideas. YOu have to be carefully consistent if you are dealing with virus.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

All great suggestions, Ginnie, and many of which I use. Another suggestion is to use both vinegar and baking soda to clean and disinfect the dishwasher. Run it empty with a cup of vinegar in the top rack, then run it again with baking soda sprinkled on the bottom. And you are right about these products being better than many others, plus you can use these for other household tasks which you can't do with commercially packaged disinfectants.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Joared said...

Thanks for this, Ginnie and also to Beatrice as I’ve just been thinking about what I might use to run through my dishwasher.

11:15 PM  

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