Many consumers are avoiding harsh chemical cleaners, which can pose health threats. Fortunately Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to knocking off household germs. Flex your green muscle with these all–natural approaches to taking down microbes without toxins.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Although controversy lingers regarding hydrogen peroxide as a wound antiseptic, it’s approved by the EPA as a sanitizer for cutting boards and countertops. A study published in the Journal of Food and Science also confirmed its use as a vegetable wash to kill bacterial strains like E. coli. And the Department of Housing and Urban Development lists the substance as a potential treatment against mold.
- Vinegar: Most research suggests that vinegar’s acidic nature gives germs a run for their money, killing 99% of bacteria and 80% of viruses. And when partnered with other agents like hydrogen peroxide, the antimicrobial qualities of both substances are enhanced.
- Baking soda: While not necessarily a disinfectant, baking soda’s scouring abilities help pull grime, grease, and germs off surfaces. And whether they’re annihilated or just rinsed away, the result is the same. Plus, some studies suggest that sanitization overkill is inhibiting our immune systems, and that using old–fashioned cleaners like soap, water, and baking soda can help restore the balance in our homes.