How to make a natural disinfectant

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Many commercial cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals that can cause nasty respiratory problems, skin irritations and pollute the air in your home.

Use a natural disinfectant on your kitchen countertops to reduce the risk of food-borne bacteria when preparing meats and seafood. Animal products contain germs that range from e-coli to salmonella, which can cause severe diarrhoea and food poisoning in humans.

Some easy-to-make natural disinfectants:

Pour two cups (473 ml) of water into a spray bottle. If you recycle your old disinfectant bottle, rinse it thoroughly to remove trace chemicals.

Add 20 drops of tea tree oil to the bottle. Tea tree oil is a naturally-occurring essential oil with anti-fungal properties that can kill staphylococcus, e-coli, shigella, and salmonella. Tea tree oil is usually obtainable from health shops.

Measure two tablespoons of white spirit vinegar. The acidic qualities in vinegar help to kill germs and reduce microbial growth. This makes it an ideal and safe natural kitchen disinfectant. Combine the vinegar with the tea tree oil and water, then shake.

Combine half a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with the water, tea tree oil and white spirit vinegar. Dishwashing liquid gives extra cleaning power to homemade kitchen disinfectants. Shake the disinfectant cleaner to blend ingredients and begin cleaning your kitchen surfaces.

Now you can prepare those festive season feasts on spotless and germ free counters.

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5 Responses to How to make a natural disinfectant

  1. This sounds interesting. Once in a while, i disinfect the house to make sure it is free of germs but i always purchase disinfectants found in stores. I have never tried making my own disinfectant, i think it’s time i give it a try. Your instructions sound easy to follow so i don’t see any excuse not to do it.

  2. I use baking soda and vinegar and some disinfectants that you can buy in supermarkets but i haven’t tried making one. I’m glad to have stumbled upon this post. The instructions sound easy so i guess there is no excuse not to do it correctly.

  3. Emma Mercer says:

    I want a grout cleaner. I have tried a lot of cleaning products but those products didn’t really removed the stubborn grout. Do you have any home made solution that i can use? Does baking soda really works on grouts?

  4. I love posts about how to’s specially posts about household stuff just like this one. How to make a natural disinfectant is interesting. I would like to try this at home. I’ve only used disinfectants and cleaners found in supermarkets but haven’t really tried making one. It’s really a good thing i found this post. I’m going to use this on my kitchen counters. Maybe i could use this too on the toilet.

  5. It is true, commercial cleaning products can pose potential threat to our health that is why it is best to employ natural products and we can do this by making natural disinfectants and cleaners. I’ve never tried this but i love making my own cleaning products. This is going to be an addition to my list of homemade natural disinfectants.

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