Vinegar – Nature’s Natural Disinfectant

Two of my daughters have staph infections...again. Having been the 3rd time my 3 year old has contracted staph in the last 5 months, I said, "TO END WITH IT ALL!!" and researched what is the best type of disinfectant to use in the home. I want to make my home as sterile as a surgeon's kit to eliminate the case of staph being carried in our home.

You know what I found? Vinegar. Yup, that's right - plain old, white distilled vinegar

You have probably heard about its wonderful all-purpose cleaning ability, but were you aware of how powerful of a disinfectant vinegar is? According to studies,vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of viruses. And according to this blog, mixing vinegar with hydrogen peroxide, or even better, bleach, makes the sterilization that much better.

I chose to mix it with citracidel, a derivative from grapefruit seed, that is known for its antibacterial properties, and is safe for virtually anything -- inside and outside the body. (More about this in another blog post.)

Here's what you do:

1. Pour vinegar in a spray bottle

2. Spray down everything (even fabric) that you want to clean and disinfect.

3. Leave it on for at least 5 minutes, then wipe dry.

It is suggested that you can add vinegar to your laundry to disinfect clothing. ( I even sprayed down my upholstered furniture with it and it did not leave a stain.)

Are you worried about the pungent vinegar smell like I was? The strong vinegar smell will linger only until it is dry. And here's the best part: I found that our childrens' room that usually smells like, well, children, smells even better than before. I concluded that because the vinegar kills odor-causing bacteria, the smell that remains is not only vinegar-free, but even fresher than ever!

So I am sold. Next time you need to disinfect your house, car, clothing, whatever, leave the Lysol on the shelf and pay the 83 cents to get yourself a bottle of white distilled vinegar, Nature's natural disinfectant.

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About Heidi

My name is Heidi and I live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. I have three young girls and a baby son, and a husband who makes me laugh. We love to turn up the music and dance in the livingroom, bend down and smell fresh grass, and play at the beach in the sunshine. I run a stand up paddle school, sharing good times with tourists on the island. I love teaching stand up paddling, and it proves a challenge to do a good job raising a family while running a business. Like my post? Please leave a comment.
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One Response to Vinegar – Nature’s Natural Disinfectant

  1. Kerri says:

    I WILL try this because yes, my kids’ room DOES smell like, well, children, and i was just thinking about that. I have totally cleaned there room. There’s no laundry or anything in there. Clean sheets. Everything, and it still has this strange musty kid smell. My only other thought was to clean the carpets, but I’ll try this, in the mean time!

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