Somewhere along the way we have been brainwashed to believe we must KILL KILL KILL bacteria and viruses by using toxic substances like chlorine bleach, triclosan and fancy “antibacterial” products. Thanks to mass marketing ploys such as Clorox’s “Essential to a Healthy Home” advertisement.
The truth is simple. Yes we need to keep things clean, no we don’t need super antibacterial products to do that. In reality, over use of bacteria killing products can be counter productive. Clean well, clean naturally, clean often.
A wonderful cleaning solution is the Vinegar of Four Thieves recipe. We’ve been using this for years. It does have a vinegar smell (add more herbs to help counteract), but it works beautifully.
Place desired amount (about a small handful or 1/4 cup) each of dried lavender, rosemary, sage, rue and mint into a quart size glass jar. Fill the jar completely with organic apple cider vinegar. Cover tightly and allow to sit in a dark, cool place (back of cupboard) for about 45 days. Strain fluid into spray bottle and discard herbs in your compost pile. Because this has to set for 6 weeks, we make several jars at once.
For those who don’t have the time or desire to make their own recipe, For My Kids carries a similar cleaner in small bottles which are perfect for travel, spraying down shopping carts and public restroom handles as well as larger bottles for home.
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