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I can't believe I never knew this particular board existed?! I am really trying to do a makeover on our house and get rid of all chemicals. The last things that remain are a few bathroom products, like deodorant, and for the kitchen. I really don't want to use harmful products like bleach or alike, but I have this stuck in my head that after I do something like prepare chicken, I need something stinky to wash it off. I don't really know anyone else to ask because I am from a very mainstream family.<br><br>
So don't beat me up for this LOL, but how effective at killing the germs and bacteria in the kitchen or bathroom? Like after cooking raw meat, mildew etc.<br><br>
Thanks for the help, I didn't think it would be this difficult to get all the products out of here!!
 

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I'm really glad you started this forum b/c i have the same questions. I used to live near a great co-op where i could get a lot of stuff that i felt was ok (basically b/c it was from the co-op and cost a lot....), but now i'm on my own choosing between normal market cleaners and .... what?? I also need help.<br><br>
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Natural products are extremely effective in killing germs, mildew, mold and everything else. I clean just about everything in my house with some combo of Dr. Bronner's, baking soda, vinegar, tea tree oil and old rags.
 

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Yes, I agree with Selu- you don't need to use harsh cleansers to kill the germs. Soap and hot water go a long way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Just make sure you aren't using and reusing sponges- they totally breed bacteria.<br><br>
I bought a couple of big packs of cheap washcloths and I use those in place of papertowels and sponges. I use them and then toss them in a bag under the kitchen sink and then wash them all really well in the washing machine.<br><br>
Have you ever tried Target's line of natural cleansers? They are called "Method" brand and smell so yummy but are completely non-toxic. They have scents like lavendar and cucumber. Yum.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, I agree with Selu- you don't need to use harsh cleansers to kill the germs. Soap and hot water go a long way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Just make sure you aren't using and reusing sponges- they totally breed bacteria.<br><br>
I bought a couple of big packs of cheap washcloths and I use those in place of papertowels and sponges. I use them and then toss them in a bag under the kitchen sink and then wash them all really well in the washing machine.<br><br>
Have you ever tried Target's line of natural cleansers? They are called "Method" brand and smell so yummy but are completely non-toxic. They have scents like lavendar and cucumber. Yum.</div>
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hey thanks, you know I've seen those but I never actually stopped to look at them. I will next time I am there.
 

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we use baking soda, vinegar, liquid soap and lots of hot water in the bathroom and kitchen. we have never had a germ or stomach bug issue - and i always have raw meat on the cutting board in the kitchen. i could never use chlorine bleach, the smell alone is enough to knock me out.<br>
i once read on mercola that a study found that hot water and soap was at least or even more effective at getting rid of germs than the antibacterial liquid soaps with hot water. and remember that most germs on your hands come from under your nails. so scrub those nails good every time you wash! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
at first i was a little wary of using natural stuff because i was used to equating suds and fragrances with cleanliness. but after a couple months i got used to it and the previous association disappeared.. and now, i wouldn't clean with anything else even if they paid me to. the fact that i don't get dizzy during cleaning is enough to tell me that this is the healthier way to clean.
 

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I read somewhere (??) that if you take two spray bottles, fill one with straight white vinigar and another with peroxide, that they will properly disinfect any surface. Spray with one, wipe and then spray with the other. I always use hot soapy water too.<br>
HTH<br>
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