Stay Clean for Health and Wellness

Stay Clean for Health and Wellness

Several studies have been conducted to find out where exactly fecal coliform, staph bacteria and other such molds and fungi grow in our homes. An international study of Indonesian homes showed that almost 77% of the sponges and napkins in our kitchens contain coliform bacteria. It is usually the bacteria that causes severe problems. The table tops, more than 50% of them have some kind of serious bacterial growth. And here’s the really scary part, almost 100% of the sinks contain harmful bacteria and fungi.

So, what do we do to keep ourselves healthy? It’s actually very easy and washing is one of the easiest ways to do it. In terms of cleaning, simple is better. And you have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen.

White vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda have been used as cleaning agents for the strongest and most potent disinfectants. In nearly every category, vinegar, juice, and baking soda also clean, if not better, than strong disinfectants.

This is the main reason. Cleaning products that use disinfectant, bleach, or alcohol only kill some bacteria. They don’t kill viruses, parasites, or even the strongest bacteria. The only way to kill a virus is to clean it, something vinegar and baking soda do great in. If there is oil or residue left on the counter and sink, the cleaning product is not working. Lemon juice and vinegar work great for dissolving fat and grease.

When it comes to your cutting board, make sure you replace it often and make sure it’s wooden. A wooden cutting board will absorb bacteria into its interior, where the bacteria will die. Otherwise, washing the cutting board with vinegar helps remove surface residue and bacteria. Never use harsh chemicals on your cutting board as they could get into your food.

This is the last little note. Using hand soap or antibacterial detergent may be harmful to your health. And they don’t work. For one thing, studies showing the effectiveness of anti-bacterial soap usually test it by having people scrub for 60 to 90 seconds or longer. That’s much more than what most people rub in their homes. Another study showed that people who washed their hands for 30 seconds at a time, six times a day with antibacterial soap had no lower bacterial counts than people who used plain non-antibacterial soap and warm water.

Here’s what the FDA has to say: the agency has no evidence that triclosan, a common antibacterial agent, in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with plain soap and water. In fact, the FDA is considering banning this chemical because it can affect the body’s hormone regulation.

Our grandparents were right. Wash with mild soap and water, use simple cleaning agents like vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda and add a little elbow grease to your laundry. Superbugs only started appearing after we started using harsh chemicals.

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