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#1 of 3 Old 12-04-2006, 01:45 PM - Thread Starter
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So we are majorly going through disinfect mode at our house as the virus of the week keeps coming back, and back, and back. : : : :

Been doing the peroxide and vinegar thing at least once a day, as suggested by another member here, and wiping down all bathroom 'touchpoints' between uses.

But getting into long term disinfecting, I was watching "Kitchen Crimes" the other day and they reminded me of the three step washing procedure for cleaning dishes really sanitarily (hot soapy wash, warm rinse, second rinse in bleach water) and cleaning out my water crock (the thing you put big bottles of water in to dispense).

The dish washing thing was 1 capful of bleach per gallon. The 'sanitize the crock' thing was 1/2 cup per gallon, then a clean water rinse.

Dipping the tip (nozzle) of the crock was 2 drops of bleach in a cup of water.

If I wanted to do this with vinegar, or other things that say "use X amount of bleach in Y amount of water" ... what would the ratio be? Obviously not 1 to 1 (one cup of bleach = one cup of vinegar).

I've done a few internet searches and not really come up with anything that will let me convert bleach recipes to vinegar or vinegar peroxide ones.
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Unless you're dealing with grout or marble or hard porous stones, you can use full strength white vinegar to disinfect surfaces.
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The water crock is porcelan. Grout, I've been using a half and half deal - we just finally emptied out our "Automatic shower cleaner" kit so I'm going to wash those bottles and refill them with a 50/50 vinegar water mix.

And duh on subbing vine for bleach - of course there's no reason to not just use full strength vinegar. This virus must be eating my brain.

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