I admit when it comes to my kitchen and bathroom, I am a Germaphobe. Its true, my friends make fun of me, but they sure as hell have never got sick off of my kitchen counter! That said I was very skeptical at homemade cleaners, would they really work all that well and more importantly, will they kill the germs? The Answer is yes and no. Studies from several big universities have found that while commercial cleaners kill 99% of bacterial, homemade ones kill 90%! That’s not a heck of allot of difference.
Now I don’t think I will stop using my Clorox wipes when it comes to raw chicken and the like, but for most other cleaning tasks, I have decided to make the switch and save allot of money in the process. Not to mention that these. Sandra Snow Sums up most of the information nicely:
forget the products because there are a number of kitchen staples probably already in your pantry that will do a number on even your toughest cleaning challenges. And the best part is that they’re natural and non-toxic. Baking soda is an excellent scouring agent, while tea tree oil (you’ll find that among the supplements in your natural foods store) naturally inhibits bacteria, mold and fungus growth.
For an all-purpose cleaner, fill an empty spray bottle with equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. This can be kept on hand for all-purpose cleaning around the home: use on countertops, glass surfaces, and tile. Combine two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice for a natural furniture polish. An old t-shirt makes a perfect “recycled materials” housecleaning rag for dusting and polishing. Mix a small amount of baking soda with liquid castile soap to get your countertops, sinks and tubs shiny. For a ‘fresh smell’ try adding a few drops of an essential oil like rosemary, orange or lavender. And a half-cup of distilled vinegar in your washing machine’s rinse cycle will work like a natural fabric softener.