As hygiene has been one of the most talked about subject thus far, if you cannot get your hands on some sanitizers, here are some natural recipes recommended by cleaning service company you can use around the home. Not only is making your own cleaning products a great way to ensure your home is safe, but it also helps to minimize the number of toxic chemicals going into our air. It also lowers carbon footprinting (no more excess plastic bottles, no more excess delivery fee).
5 Essential Home Cleaning Agents
Vinegar, Baking Soda, Water, Vodka, Essential Oils
White vinegar is high in acidity, which makes it a great cleaning agent.
Baking Soda acts as a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal.
Because most vodka is 80 proof, or 40 percent alcohol by volume, it can be used as a disinfectant to remove mold and mildew. Like vinegar, vodka degreases, removes stains, shines fixtures, and refreshes fabric—but without the lingering sour odor. For the most antibacterial power, look for 100-proof vodka (as most store-bought hand sanitizers contain at least 60 percent alcohol), and let it sit for a few minutes so the alcohol can do its job
Loved for its light, clean scent, this essential oil is also a powerhouse in homemade cleaning recipes. Naturally antibacterial and antiviral, lemon is commonly used to de grease stubborn stains as well as freshen the air.
5 Simple Recipes for Home Cleaning
1. Laundry Sanitizer
Especially after you are sick, it is an effective way to launder away the lingering sick germs using vinegar.
- 1 cup white vinegar to one load of laundry.
To clear the air after a sickness, boiling white vinegar through your home with a window slightly cracked is a great way to clear out the sick germs. Also, adding a cup of vinegar to a floor cleaner is a good way to disinfect as well.
2. Disinfectant Wipes
Keeping our baby safe is important, so carrying disinfectant wipes to use outside the home is good especially for high-chairs at restaurants.
- 1 cup cooled boiled water
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup rubbing alchol
- 5 drops Lemon essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
Here are some other easy to follow home DIY recipes to use for cleaning your home.
3. Floor Cleaner
If you are looking to disinfect the floor areas, here is a quick and simple recipe that involves vinegar and alcohol.
- 1 cup distilled water
- ¾ vinegar
- ½ cup vodka or rubbing alchol
- ½ tsp dish soap
4. Stroller & Shoe Disinfectant
If you need to make a spray for your shoes or stroller wheels, you can use the below recipe. Put it in a spray container and wipe it with a tissue or cloth. If you are using a cloth then immediately disinfect with vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
5. Natural Hand Sanitizer
As this is one of the hot-selling items of 2020 so far, you may find it difficult to get your hands on some. So, here is how you can make it at home:
Alcohol-Free Sanitizer (for little ones)
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 20 drops Essential Oil (As a DoTERRA user, I use a On Guard)
Stronger Hand Sanitizer Recipe (for adults)
For a stronger hand sanitizer that performs like commercial versions (without the triclosan), try this recipe. If you work in a hospital, this might be a good one for your personal use. I would not use this recipe on kids!
- 1 TBSP rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 20 drops On Guard essential Oil by DoTERRA (but you can also use, 10 drops Cinnamon and 10 drops tea tree essential oil)
- distilled water (colloidal silver/ionic silver adds antibacterial power if available)
- other essential oils (just for scent). But, if you want you can also add the ones which smell great and also have antiseptic properties to make your sanitizer more powerful.
If you enjoy using essential oils, here are some great ones to use that have antibacterial properties:
Peppermint has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties and is an ingredient in massage and chest rubs used to reduce the symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint essential oil kills many types of fungi, viruses and bacteria.
Since lemon essential oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, it makes an excellent cleaner. Lemon essential oil can be used for disinfecting metal surfaces, dishes, clothes and even the body.
To make a homemade, all-purpose cleaner, add lemon essential oil to white or cider vinegar for a green and very efficient cleaner. Disinfect your clothes after being ill by adding several drops of lemon essential oil to your laundry wash cycle.
Eucalyptus essential oil has a strong camphor content and scent which gives it potent germicide properties. These properties make eucalyptus essential oil ideal for fighting infections, bacteria and viruses.
Lemon has a rich history as an antibacterial cleanser. However, lemongrass is sweeter, gentler and not as sour-smelling. Even though lemongrass essential oil does not smell as strong, it is still a potent antibacterial essential oil.
Lavender essential oil is an authoritative antibacterial oil which can boost your immune system and resist diseases and viruses. Because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, lavender essential oil is useful in treating various skin ailments such as psoriasis, acne and other inflammatory conditions of the skin, as well as stopping infection in cuts, wounds and burns.
Cinnamon essential oil is an extremely potent antibacterial essential oil. Since cinnamon essential oil contains cinnamaldehyde, it is used widely for treatment of various ailments and has been reported to kill germs such as viruses and bacteria.