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 product...in 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