How to Safely Sanitize Your Home

in Home Improvement

Living through the COVID-19 Pandemic has reminded us all of the need to clean and sanitize our homes regularly. If you don’t like to use chemical sprays and wipes, there are actually other safe methods to disinfect your home by using natural ingredients that are just as effective.

This article will suggest 5 homemade disinfectant tricks that will help sanitize your house.

1. Bleach

Bleach is such a strong cleaning agent, that it is the chemical most used by cleaning companies. The experts from Red Responders who do professional cleaning on crime scenes and other locations that need the highest level of cleaning explain that for cleaning your home, household bleach should be diluted. If you are looking to disinfect hard surfaces, you can dissolve 2ml of the 5.25% household bleach to 998ml of cold water. You can use this to wipe onto surfaces and other items to disinfect in your home, but the bleach should sit on the surface for at least 10 minutes before you wipe it off. Also, remember that this mixture is only effective for 24 hours, so you should just make enough for one-day use.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is ideal for cleaning stains like soap scum and other stains on ceramics and glass. The citric acid in lemons breaks down the stains, sanitizes non-porous surfaces, and reduces bacteria on hard surfaces. You can also use lemons to shine copper pots and pans. That’s why they say, “When life gives you lemons, make some household cleaner!”

3. Vinegar

Just like with lemons, the acid in vinegar is a great disinfectant and can be used for so many things like killing mold in your toilets and sink, cleaning glass and stainless steel, and washing fresh produce. All you need to do is mix one tablespoon of vinegar with one cup of water and put it in a spray bottle, and you are ready to go!

4. Alcohol

If you need to disinfect your phone and computer, you can get disinfectant wipes that are readily available in stores or use an alcohol solution with at least 70% concentration. With this alcohol solution, you just need to use a towel to wipe down the screen, monitor, keyboard, trackpad, mouse, phone covers, and all the places where your hand or arms will be touching the computer and phone.

Soap

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an all-natural ingredient with antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. It can serve various purposes such as a multi-purpose home cleaner, air purifier, and mold killer. To make a multi-purpose cleaner, you just need to add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water and ½ cup of vinegar. To treat mold spots, just combine 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil with one cup of water and put in a spray bottle.  Tea tree oil also makes a great air purifier, and all you need to do is add a few drops into an oil diffuser and the air will be purified naturally.

Hopefully, these tips and tricks have given you new ideas on how to safely sanitize your home. Make sure you always wash your hands with soap and use gloves when disinfecting areas of your house!


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