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June 04, 2005

Safe, Effective Disinfectants

Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide work synergistically as disinfectants.

In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner.

The best results came from using one mist right after the other - it is 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one sprayer.

(Via GCM thread on Natural Cleaning Recipes.)


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Vinegar also makes an effective poison ivy killer spray, too, if I'm told correctly. Haven't tried it yet, but I posted the recipe.

Posted by: DeputyHeadmistress at June 6, 2005 11:50 AM

Can't wait to give this one a try! Thanks tulipgirl :-)

Posted by: Andrea at June 6, 2005 04:48 PM

I'm using it regularly now, and am quite pleased with the ease and not having the chemically smells. (Okay, so Hubby isn't fond of the vinegar smell, but. . .)

Posted by: TulipGirl at June 12, 2005 12:21 PM

What wonderful info - thanks so much! I'm heading to the store right now! :)

Posted by: Kym at September 4, 2005 03:46 PM

Any ideas for a natural ant repellant or poison? I've tried spraying water mixed with vinegar, but that isn't helping very much. They keep coming back!

Posted by: RG at July 19, 2007 09:47 AM

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