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Disinfectants - Germs, Bacteria, Viruses, Mold.


Last Edited: April 20, 2016, 11:16 am

From all the reading that I did, maybe you should use 1 part Bleach to 9 parts Water.

Let area stay wet from 5 to 10 minutes.

While Chlorine Bleach might be the best or one of the best that we can use at home, it is easy to find, buy and use, it sure kills all or most germs and bacteria, but it is not a "Green" cleaner it is bad for humans and the environment, well, bad for humans anyway.

But if you really need to kill as many germs and bacteria as possible cheaply and often, well go to the store and buy some Chlorine Bleach.

Don't breathe it in into your nose and lungs.

Open doors and windows.

One source says to use 1 part bleach to 4 parts water.

Never use bleach in combination with another cleaner, mixing chlorine and ammonia results in a toxic chlorine gas.

White vinegar is another alternative and it is a "Green" alternative.

You can use it as it is or use white vinegar first and then use hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen peroxide first and then white vinegar, table salt also helps with germs and bacteria.

Never mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar together, use one and then use the other, if you have to.

Before you use white vinegar and or hydrogen peroxide, clean with hot soapy water.

Hydrogen peroxide is or can be dangerous and should only be used as a disinfectant at concentrations lower than 3 percent or maybe at 3 percent tops.

For quick cleanups, keep a spray bottle of equal parts white vinegar and water.

For a stronger disinfectant use white vinegar undiluted as it comes from the white vinegar bottle and into a spray bottle.


Instead of using sponge(s) use a cloth and or disposable wipes, clothes such as dish-clothes you can clean in a laundry machine and sanitize in the microwave or clean and sanitize in a laundry machine.

Don't clean with the same dirty wash-clothe(s) or cloths, wash them well first, then reuse them.

Rather than concentrating on disinfecting or killing the bugs, we should focus on cleaning with hot soapy water and good old-fashioned elbow grease to physically scrub away organic material.

Clean the surface first with hot and soapy water and that's usually enough.

Then you have to ask yourself whether you need to disinfect at all.

Vinegar and alcohol wipes are the least toxic.


Areas with sticky spills and dirt you can see should be cleaned with soap and water and then disinfected. You can make an inexpensive and effective disinfectant by mixing no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Never mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar.

Apply it and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse and let air dry to save time. Or dry with a clean towel.


IMPORTANT! Never mix cleaning chemicals. Never mix ANYTHING with chlorine bleach (or products containing chlorine bleach) especially any product containing ammonia such as Windex. Never mix vinegar with chlorine bleach and never mix alcohol with chlorine bleach.


Chlorine bleach diluted 1/4 or 3% hydrogen peroxide by itself, but not mixed together might work well, but put in spray bottle and or use gloves as you don't want neither of them touching your skin.


You might want to use bleach at from 2% up to 25%, 10% might work more than well enough most of the time.

Don't use a bottle that has been opened for more than 1 month, new bottles are best, so when you buy bleach, if you don't use it very often then buy the smaller bottles, if you use it very often buy the big bottles, after all bleach is not very expensive.

Keep bleach bottles well closed and when you are not using them keep them as far away from people and pets as possible.


Never use bleach on your skin anywhere, never.

Wear rubber (Latex) or nitrile  gloves and protective eye ware so you don’t get it in your eyes and hands.

Don't store bleach in very hot and or very cold places.


1. Vinegar

The smell of the vinegar dissolves after it is dried. For a nice post-cleaning scent, add a little bit of organic peppermint extract or other essential oil extract to your vinegar and water solution. You might find some organic clove oil adds a nice spicy scent too.

  • White Distilled Vinegar can be used to effectively evict most bacteria and germs from their living quarters. That’s because vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid, the pH of which is too strong for most germs to survive.
  • Undiluted Vinegar can be used to clean counter tops, greasy ovens, dishwashers with soap residue, coffee pots, and cloudy glassware.
  • Diluted Vinegar is non toxic and can be used all around the home as an all purpose cleaner and deodorizer – just fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar to 1 part water (50/50) and you’re ready to go.


2. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide, the same stuff that you buy to disinfect cuts and scrapes, can also be used to disinfect your kitchen. Just fill a spray bottle and wipe down your kitchen surfaces with 3% hydrogen peroxide (the strength you can purchase at the drugstore) to kill germs. Another bonus: peroxide adds a streak free shine to reflective surfaces.


Using soap and (hot) water might be all that you need to do, most of the time.



-- Make sure everyone in the house is cleaning his or her hands with soap or hand sanitizer frequently, especially after contact with the sick person.
-- In order to kill off cold and flu germs, you need to spend 20 seconds scrubbing your hands with soap and water. It does not really matter if it's solid soap bars, liquid soap or hand sanitizer. But if it is liquid soap, it is important to wash the dispenser on occasion.
-- Use paper towels for drying hands or dedicate a separate hand towel to each person in the house.
-- Wipe down surfaces in your home daily with a household disinfectant or disinfectant wipes.
-- Clean the sick person's eating utensils, clothing, bedding, and other personal items with soap or detergent before anyone else in the house uses them. These items do not need to be washed separately from those of non-infected people.


Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)

• Distilled white vinegar (5% acetic acid)

• Two spray nozzles – one for the vinegar and one for the hydrogen peroxide

• One spray bottle – for the vinegar


1.      Clean the surface of large debris and wash with soap and water. Dry with a clean cloth.

2.      Fill one empty spray bottle with undiluted distilled white vinegar.

3.      Just screw a spray nozzle onto the brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide, since you want to keep it in its original bottle to protect it from light.

4.      Start with either the vinegar or the hydrogen peroxide; the order doesnt matter. After cleaning the surface, mist the surface with the contents of one bottle, let it sit for at least 5 minutes, wipe with a clean cloth, then repeat with the second bottle. IMPORTANT: Do not mix the two liquids in one bottle or on the surface – they form paracetic acid which is unstable IN THIS FORM.








As you can see, nobody uses exactly the same ammounts:

Clean and disinfect correctly

Always follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Wash surfaces with a general household cleaner to remove germs. Rinse with water, and follow with an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs. Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for effectiveness against influenza A virus.

If an EPA-registered disinfectant is not available, use a fresh chlorine bleach solution. To make and use the solution:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart (4 cups) of water. For a larger supply of disinfectant, add ¼ cup of bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
  • Apply the solution to the surface with a cloth.
  • Let it stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the surface with clean water.


Does bleach kill MRSA and Staph? Yes it can, but it must be made fresh and with the correct dilution following the manufacturer’s directions.

  • To be effective, bleach MUST be mixed with water first. Using it straight or undiluted is actually less harmful to germs than diluting in water.
  • A 10% solution is generally best for disinfection, however different brands of bleach can have dilutions for their product. A 10% solution means 1 part bleach to 9 parts water.
  • Refer to the product label or company website for the specific “kill times” for MRSA or Staph aureus. For example, you’ll see for this Chlorox product, that both “Staph aureus” and MRSA are listed with a kill time of 5 minutes. This means this specific product will kill Staph or MRSA and the product must remain wet on the area you are disinfecting for 5 minutes to be effective.
  • 10% bleach is less corrosive and less hazardous than the undiluted form.



Rinse it

The easiest way to keep your toothbrush clean is to rinse it with hot water (hot water cleans and kills germs easier) before and after brushing. Use your thumb and move it back and forth against the bristles while underneath or in water. It is important to do it before brushing as well as after because airborne bacteria or other particles such as dust may have settled on the toothbrush since your last brushing.

Dry it

The bacteria that cause gum diseases are anaerobic. That means they live in a low oxygen environment and these bacteria are killed by exposure to air. The simple act of letting your toothbrush dry between brushing will kill many bacteria. Do not store your toothbrush in a covered container where it does not receive adequate ventilation. Also the bristles usually come in contact with the walls of a closed container and that will contaminate the toothbrush unless the toothbrush container was just cleaned.

Store it upright

Storing your toothbrush upright (bristles up, handle down) after use is very important. This allows the water to drain from the bristles easier and all the water and particles collect at the bottom of the handle of the toothbrush. Also you may notice that a nasty scum collects at the bottom of containers that do not have a drain at the bottom, and you do not want your bristles touching that scum that could cause your bristles to collect mold and bacteria.




Stain Remover:


1 part Dawn Dish-washing liquid
2 parts hydrogen peroxide
½ part baking soda
  1.   Mix everything together.  I wasn’t too scientific on the quantities, I eyeballed it. 
  2.   Using a brush (an old toothbrush works great) brush the mixture on the stains.
  3. Then let it sit.  I had intended on checking every half hour or so to figure out how long it took, but I got busy and forgot!  Somewhere between 1 and 3 hours does the trick. Probably depends on the stain.

Note:  You should mix this recipe fresh each time you use it.  Hydrogen Peroxide looses some of it’s power when exposed to light.  Guess you could trying storing it in an opaque container



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