All of us love a clean home and when I became a keeper of a home one of my first priorities was to learn how to keep it clean. Keeping up with the dishes…mopping the floors…cleaning the bathroom…tidying up the place…I wanted my hubby to be able to walk in and feel that our home was peaceful and clean.
But I quickly realized that the UNSEEN dirt was a lot trickier to take care of than what my husband could SEE when he came home from work! But it was also the most important.
There is also a dilemma in this: don’t clean well and you risk you and your children’s health from contact with bacteria – clean with suggested disinfectant chemicals and you risk you and your children’s health through the fumes and chemicals left on the surfaces!
AHHHHH!!! What’s a homemaker to do???
The first thing to understand is the difference between cleaners and disinfectants. Cleaning (or sanitizing) removes surface buildup, dirt and makes normal surfaces safe. But if you have a bacteria ridden surface such as a toilet, disinfectants are made to kill or irreversibly inactivate bacteria and fungi. Cleaners can do their job by being sprayed on and immediately wiped off. Disinfectants must be left on 10 minutes (or as otherwise directed) in order to effectively kill what they were made to. A lot of people don’t realize that, but even with the more heavy-duty bleach cleaners, most directions say to leave on the desired surface for a good amount of time.
All-purpose cleaners DO NOT disinfect.
Disinfectants DO NOT clean.
For years I have used all-purpose cleaner on “non-bacteria” surfaces and disinfectants on the dirtier spots in the house. Not only that, I used the disinfectants in the same method that I used the cleaners – spray on/wipe off – hoping that they would magically kill every bacteria on the surface in two seconds.
My poor, dirty home!
Simple recipe – so many uses!
So I had been using our store-bought disinfectant correctly for some time, but felt bad because it had fumes that I didn’t like breathing in while pregnant and I felt nervous using them often when my sweet little Heidi was crawling all over the place.
Then I started doing some research and realized just how simple it is to disinfect your home! Here is My Magical Disinfectant recipe:
50% rubbing alcohol mixed with 50% water.
The best part is that it is self-drying! You don’t have to even come back and wipe it off!
So if you have a surface that needs disinfecting, clean it with your all-purpose cleaner, spray on your new Magical Disinfectant solution, and walk away!
There are so many possibilities to use this on when you don’t have to worry about fumes or chemicals:
- Door knobs
- Kitchen counters touched by raw meat
- Cutting boards
- Kids toys
- Changing pads
- Kids water-proof mattresses
The list goes on and on!
Well there you have it! We are one step closer to a safe, no-fume, clean home!