Mommy Has a Green Side Linkup {Homemade Cleaners}

So last week I went ahead and finally made my homemade cleaners that I wanted to make. I kept putting it off because I thought it would be difficult and um it was easier than buying the stuff to make it (kinda like I thought cloth diapers would be difficult). 

I only made a few things since I couldn't find many of the other things that I needed to make some other basic cleaners. I made what I really wanted though-- a natural disinfectant. Using all natural things and using The Honest Company cleaners left me in a bind when it came to disinfecting. I didn't have anything to disinfect! 

So guess what? I made some. Or should I say that I poured some into a bottle?!?

Homemade disinfectant: Pour 3% Hydrogen Peroxide in one spray bottle and white vinegar into another spray bottle. Spray both onto the surface wipe and then rinse with water. That's IT. Sounds too good to be true right? Well here is something for you:

“By itself, vinegar is not a disinfectant, but when used with hydrogen peroxide, it kills bacteria more effectively than any commercial cleaner. Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI) in Blacksburg, Virginia, published the following formula in Science News. Purchase a bottle of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and a bottle of plain white or apple cider vinegar. Pour each liquid into its own spray bottle. Spritz the item to be disinfected with both the vinegar and the hydrogen peroxide, then rinse with water. Using one mist right after the other is ten times more effective than usually spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one spray bottle. Tests at VPI found the two sprays used together killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces; this spray combination is more effective than chlorine bleach. It doesn’t matter if you spray with the vinegar first, then the hydrogen peroxide, or vice versa. There is no lingering taste of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, and neither is toxic if any reside remains. This combination works exceptionally well for sanitizing counters and other food preparation surfaces, including wood cutting boards.” Natural Home magazine, Jan 2002

I'm so excited to have a non-toxic, effective disinfectant that cost me just a few bucks to make. I also made a spray bottle of one cup vinegar and one cup water with a spritz of lemon juice to use as an all purpose cleaner (although I still use The Honest Company one a lot because I love it too). 

What's your favorite homemade cleaner recipe?
What have you done to live a little more green this week?
okay, someone has to linkup this week ;)

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