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not sure if this is the right forum, but..<br><br>
what, if anything, would be a natural, chemical-free substitute for lysol spray? i like the idea of something you can spray on things like doorknobs where germs are passed on so easily to everyone in the household. but i don't like the idea of using chemicals, or supporting a company that sells them.<br><br>
so what could i use to just spray on without rinsing off that will not dry sticky?
 

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I'd assume vinegar could be used... a bit stinky but could be effective. How effective, I'm not sure.<br><br><br><br>
When I visited France 2 summers ago and came back into Canada we had to walk through white vinegar to "disinfect" our shoes because of the whole hoof and mouth epidemic.
 

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· Mix ½ cup borax in 1 gallon hot water. To inhibit mold and mildew, do not rinse off.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.mothersforcleanair.org/aqinfo/cleaners.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothersforcleanair.org/aqinfo/cleaners.html</a>
 

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I think there's sprays that use hydrogen peroxide as a base ingredient, but I think it's more like a counter-type cleaner, like for killing bacteria from raw meat. I have a recipe for something like that that uses cinnamon and some other things. I could look it up if you want.
 

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hey lf, actually, vinegar will only leave a "residual" smell for a short, but i don't think it actually kills germs per se. i recommend, if you're worried about picking up germs, rather than spraying things down, assume you will pick up germs and therefore wash your own hands frequently so you don't put those germs in unwanted places.
 

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Peacecat, but if it doesn't kill germs, then why did people have to walk in white vinegar when travelling from Europe back to Canada?<br><br><br><br>
It must kill something?
 

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i DO wash my hands, heh. but i can assume that others in the house may not always, guests may not always, and i am bound to forget the odd time. and then there are situations like: go to the washroom, wash hands, then re-contaminate them by turning off the tap, opening the door, and turning off the light. if i disinfect those surfaces it's not an issue.<br><br><br><br>
how and where would i get borax, and is it environmentally safe?
 

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Borax can be found at the grocery store. I use it too. Another cool thing it does: vaccuum the carpet..immediatly sprinkle the borax on the carpet and let it sit for 24 hours. Vaccuum again.<br><br>
This is great for getting rid of flea eggs...if you've ever had a problem with them this is priceless information <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
I had a problem once in my last house. Somehow my dog ended up with fleas and we had a terrible time getting rid of them. Tried everthing. I then read about the borax and tried it. It actually worked. I had no more problem. The vaccuuming get's the eggs recognizing activity. The baby fleas with pop out for the moment. The borax dries them up after 24 hours so that they can't hatch. It actually stops the cycle. I recommend it.
 

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Yep, Borax is all right for the enviroment. It talks about it on the back of the box. I think it's boric acid. Am I right? That's supposed to be a good cleanser.
 

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At work today I had to wash off the produce rack's mirror with watered down vinegar. It did absolutely nothing for getting the years-old dirt off, though.
 

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cool i'll check into it. and my mom's new housemate may have fleas so i'll pass on that info to her too. if pets get it on their paws and lick it off is it harmful at all?
 

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Is borax aggressive to aluminium?<br><br><br><br>
I clean with a bit of washing-up liquid on a wet cloth.<br><br><br><br>
Imo people are to much fixated on contamination.<br><br>
Did your parents ever get sick from door-handles?
 

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ammonia works well too (and is natural). it's a great disinfectant, but highly toxic if not used properly. Of course, so are most "natural" products out there.<br><br><br><br>
There is a tea tree oil spray that you can get too. it's expensive though.<br><br><br><br>
i use ammonia at the yoga center to clean/disinfect the floors. It's 1 part ammonia, 7 parts water for a bucket that cleans floors. Using the same 1/8th ammonia/water, you can put it in spray bottles.<br><br><br><br>
use ventilation (open windows/doors fans, or ac/heating systems)
 

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Seventh Generation (<a href="http://www.SeventhGeneration.com" target="_blank">www.SeventhGeneration.com</a>) and Heather's (<a href="http://www.jason-natural.com" target="_blank">www.jason-natural.com</a>) both sell organic all natural cleaning supplies. You can order online or find them at most health food stores.
 
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