There is a nasty new virus floating around called enterovirus D68. This virus outbreak has sent hundreds of children to the hospital with respiratory problems.
My oldest daughter has been hospitalized with respiratory issues before and it is scary. When respiratory viruses start circulating, I go into protective, mama bear mode. I arm myself with disinfectant and CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!!!!
What steps should we all take to keep our homes healthy?
1. Institute mandatory hand washing! This is the number one recommendation of the Center for Disease Control. It is inexpensive and easy. Stay vigilante and send everyone straight from the front door to the sink with instructions to wash up.
2. Disinfect Surfaces – especially doorknobs. Cleaning your doorknobs, refrigerator handles, faucets, and toilet handles with a disinfecting spray can help guard your family against viruses.
If you are trying to run an all natural household, what are your options for safe, non-toxic disinfecting?
Here’s what you will need to make your own Natural Disinfectant Spray Like Lysol but Homemade:
1/2 cup Vodka
1/2 cup Water
15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
25 drops Orange Essential Oil
15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Oil
Mix all ingredients together and add to a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle frequently while cleaning.
To Disinfect: Spray any surface that is frequently touched in your home.
If you don’t drink alcohol, you may not have vodka at home. Do not leave it out of this spray. It will help sterilize all your surfaces. Get a super cheap bottle from behind the liquor counter for just $4.99 and use it. You only need 1/2 cup.
You can pick up the essential oils in your health food store. Need a good online source? I like to buy mine here.
Once you try using this spray, you will find it is addictive. I love cleaning with something that smells so great!
After you’ve sterilized your home, be sure to store your spray in a dark place out of the reach of children. You’ll need to use the spray within 2 to 3 months or it will start to lose it’s potency.
Do you use essential oils to clean your home?