Is disinfecting really indispensable? It is practically impossible to go about our daily lives without coming into contact with germs and bacteria. Our very organism is populated by germs and bacteria and the immune system has the task of defending us from infections. It is impossible to completely isolate even newborns from bacteria, and perhaps not even desirable, since contact with the external environment, even when germs are present, helps them develop immune defenses. Common sense in the hygiene and cleanliness of your home should always come first. A place that is always well cleaned will not need you to use powerful disinfectants every day. Therefore, choose as much as possible gentle and ecological products for cleaning. And when you need to disinfect, rely mainly on steam, high temperatures and boiling water, as well as other environmentally friendly products and tricks.
Fruits and vegetables: wash your hands well before handling fruits and vegetables, clean cutting boards and knives, and rinse fruits and vegetables under a trickle of running water or by soaking them in a bowl with vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice added to the water.
Ecological laundry with percarbonate, suitable especially for washing in hot water, from 50°C, temperature recommended to obtain, in addition, a good effect of stain removal and whitening on the whiteness.
The most convenient and common method of sterilizing pacifiers and teats is to soak them in a small pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Always wash and rinse pacifiers and nipples well before sterilizing them. Clean bottles well after feeding so that no residue remains. Soak toys occasionally in warm water and baking soda. To quickly disinfect small everyday objects, you can rub them with 3% hydrogen peroxide (the same used to disinfect wounds) with the help of a cotton ball.
Wash the menstrual cup well after the last use, or at the time of need, and soak it for 5 minutes in a small pot of boiling water, or in special containers for microwave sterilization, or steam sterilizers. During use, it is good to wash the menstrual cup with water and a mild liquid detergent suitable for intimate hygiene. If your menstrual cup has turned yellow, try adding a teaspoon of sodium percarbonate to a small pot of very hot water and soak it in this solution, as you would to sterilize it.
In DIY hand sanitizers, we rely on the antibacterial power of essential oils, such as tea tree essential oil, lemon essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil or bergamot essential oil. Other useful ingredients for making your own DIY hand sanitizer are aloe vera gel and food grade alcohol.
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