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A Healthier Way to Disinfect

When the holiday season comes around, I always try and clean my house really well.  I try and  “de-germ” my home the best I can so it looks fresh for the holidays and stays free from germs that cause the flu.  

When I clean and disinfect, I always use natural, safe ingredients.  I stay away from any cleaners that contain hazardous chemicals that cause respiratory problems and skin irritations.  Using natural ingredients reduces my chemical exposure and is better for the indoor air in my home.

For a great disinfectant to clean your kitchen countertops, combine 2 cups water, 20 drops of tea tree oil, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into a spray bottle. Shake well and start cleaning!

For a good bathroom disinfectant that actually cleans tubs, showers, and toilets, combine 2 tablespoons borax, 3 cups water, and 4 tablespoons white vinegar into a spray bottle.  Shake well and use.  To make the cleaner more effective, try adding 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap to the mix.

Happy disinfecting!

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