Author Jean Morrison
Make your own deodorizer and disinfectant
Disinfectants are chemicals used for a variety of purposes. Within homes, disinfectants are used to kill micro organisms which can grow in places such as the kitchen or the bathroom. But commercial disinfectants contain strong chemicals which can affect our health.
Disinfectants can be corrosive, they can irritate and burn skin and eyes and can cause nervous, respiratory and digestive system damage.
Sodium benzoate is an ingredient of many air fresheners and sadly it has question marks hanging over it. Medical studies are showing links between this chemical and an increase in the free radicals leading to serious illness and aging. Some studies are also indicating a link between sodium benzoate and ADHD.
Unless you have a compromised immune system or illness that may make you especially vulnerable to infection from microbes and bacteria, you probably don't need a disinfectant or deodorizer in your home. Household surfaces can be adequately cleaned using hot, soapy water and a little elbow grease or by any of the three solutions below..
Make a handy disinfectant and air freshener spray:
Spray disinfectant 1:
Fill 500 ml spray bottle with white vinegar. Use this handy spray to spray on toilet seats, chopping boards etc The vinegar smell dissipates very quickly.
Spray disinfectant 2:
Mix one cup of water with 20 drops of pure lavender essential oil. Pour into a spray bottle.
Spray disinfectant 3:
Put 10 drops of tea tree oil in a 500 ml spray bottle an top up with water. shake well
Did you know:
Many people think anti-bacterial cleaners are necessary, especially during the winter cold season. However they don't clean hands any better than soap and water plus they also add to the risk of breeding "super germs," bacteria that survive the chemical onslaught and have resistant offspring. The FDA has found that antibacterial soaps and hand cleansers do not work better than regular soap and water, and should be avoided unless you are in an area where soap and water are not available.
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