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Monday, February 2, 2015

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home Naturally Without Harsh Chemicals

What does clean smell like? It's a funny question, but you probably have a scent in your memory that you associate with cleanliness. Using store-bought household cleaners for years does that, and it is not an accident. Plenty of market research and advertising goes into manufacturing and selling cleaning products that please consumers' noses. 
But this begs the question, "If something smells clean, does that mean that it is clean?" I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the answer is "No". You may have seen videos, even commercials, with blindfolded test subjects sitting amid piles of trash or smelly laundry. An air freshener or fabric freshener is sprayed over the area, and the subject is asked to describe their surroundings based on the scent. When the blindfold is removed, a repulsive look washes over the poor "guinea pig" as they realize the filth they have been placed in. It's a "dirty" trick, but it makes a good point. The artificial smell of flowers or fresh linen is just a mask. It does nothing to actually clean or disinfect.
So that brings us back to our original question: "What does clean smell like?" The simple answer is "nothing". A clean surface, item of clothing, or cooking vessel should not smell like anything. That seems contrary to our way of thinking, doesn't it? Our noses are constantly craving beautiful, "clean" scents. But in all of the olfactory stimulation, we tend to forget that "clean" simply means "the absence of dirt". How boring! No one can sell laundry soap with that slogan. 
In my house, "clean" smells initially like vinegar, because that's the primary ingredient in most of my homemade cleaners. Vinegar is boring when compared with the colorful cleaners lining the store shelves, but sometimes boring is best. Vinegar cleans glass and counter tops better than any commercial household cleaner, and it naturally disinfects at the same time. That means that you can get plenty of  glitz and sparkle in the bathroom and kitchen,
while you are silently killing the germs that lurk around sinks and toilets. What's boring about that? Add in the fact that vinegar is very inexpensive, it removes odors, and dries colorless and odorless, and you have an impressive cleaning a plain and simple package. 
But what I love most about vinegar and other natural household cleaners is the fact that there are no harmful chemicals to make my family sick. For some reason, brightly-colored bottles adorned with images of flowers and smiling people make us think of safety. How could the liquid inside my bleach bottle be harmful when there is a picture of a teddy bear hugging a white towel on the label? 
But teddy bears can't hide the fact that chlorine bleach is a dangerous chemical. I don't want my children accidentally ingesting it,and I don't want it resting on my counter tops and fixtures where I can breathe in its fumes or rub against it with my skin. (See my book called Border Crossing for more information about how dangerous chemicals can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin.)

Another natural disinfectant is colloidal silver. This miracle mineral looks and smells like pure water, but the ionized silver particles within are powerful germ killers. Colloidal silver kills over 650 types of harmful bacteria. That's an impressive reputation for such a simple-looking product. Fill a household spray bottle and use it on kitchen counters, cutting boards, sinks, and everywhere germs are hiding. Clean the toilet, the bathroom counters, and the sinks. Spray it on furniture to remove pet odors and pet dander bacteria. Use it on carpet pet stains to eliminate odors and harmful residue.The list goes on and on, yet this powerful disinfectant is so safe, you can drink it! In fact, I recommend that you do drink a small amount of colloidal silver every day. Learn more about the health benefits of colloidal silver in my book titled 

Silver Bullet Against Infection and Disease: How Colloidal Silver Can Save Your Life

We've talked about two powerful agents that both look pretty dull and boring, yet they pack a mean punch. Are you ready to put a little fizz into your natural cleaning recipes? How about a dose of hydrogen peroxide? I'm sure you are keenly aware of the many "OXY" products on the market. What gives those products their bubble-bursting power? 
Hydrogen peroxide, of course! Rather than purchase an expensive mixture that contains only enough peroxide to call it "OXY-powerful", why not keep it simple and just use hydrogen peroxide? It makes a wonderful laundry pre-treater, eating up blood stains like they were candy. Peroxide also kills mold in showers and other damp places. Many people think that chlorine bleach kills mold, but it doesn't. Bleach only turns the mold white, making it blend in with bathtub calk and white porcelain surfaces. Underneath, the mold is still alive and growing. Yuk! Hydrogen peroxide is much more effective, and it is safe for both humans and pets. Use it anywhere you would use an "OXY" product.
Add some baking soda to hydrogen peroxide, and you will see an amazing burst of cleaning power that will make the Scrubbing Bubbles guys blush. Use this combination to open clogged drains or loosen stubborn soap scum. 
Baking soda by itself is an excellent abrasive cleaner. Scrub pots and pans with it, scour tubs and toilets; use it anywhere you would normally use Comet Cleanser.
There truly is a natural alternative to any commercial cleaning product. Some require a bit more elbow grease than their chemical counterparts. Others simply require a little extra patience. But if you are committed to using only non-toxic cleaning agents in your home, convenience soon loses its luster.

Opt for the road less traveled - the one your grandmother took on her path to clean living. She would have never been fooled by our modern world of "clean" scents. Her cleaning cabinet was filled with simple, natural ingredients and old-fashioned common sense!