Are Your Cleaning Methods Really Effective Against Germs?

Discover the best way to kill harmful germs

With pandemics, MRSA, and other lethal germs in the environment you can never be too sure if your cleaning and sanitizing methods are effective. From commercial anti-bacterial cleaners to homemade products, learn which are best for your family.

Commercial Products

The Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System is relatively new on the market and takes care of the problem of touching a germy pump to dispense the cleanser.

This convenient gadget is battery-operated. You simply put the bottle of anti-bacterial cleanser in and run your hand in front of the sensor. It automatically gives the right amount and kills 99.9% of hand germs.

Pros — Ready made, nifty hands-free dispenser
Cons — Cost: $18 for dispenser, $6 for refills

Homemade Products

When it comes to cleaning, vinegar does it all. It kills bacteria, mold and germs. Michael Mullen, the Heinz company spokesperson, says that 5% vinegar solution like the one you buy at your local grocery store kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of germs that cause viruses.

To use vinegar, all you have to do it put it in a spray bottle. Use it to spray your cutting boards and countertops after handling raw chicken. It’s also great for killing bathroom germs. Simply spray down all counter surfaces and the toilet for complete germ killing.

For hand sanitizing, spay your hands with the vinegar mixture. This works great for removing smells from your hands when cooking also.

Pro — Inexpensive, effective
Con — Smell (goes away quickly)

Bleach is another product you can use in your home to kill germs. According to scientists at the University of Michigan, bleach kills germs by making the proteins fall apart. One teaspoon per quart of water in a spray bottle should do the trick.

Use your bleach mixture just as you do the vinegar mixture for microbe-killing power.

Pro — Inexpensive, effective
Con — Fades colors, must wipe countertops clean of bleach before using, do not use as a hand sanitizer

For a homemade sanitizer, use your old liquid soap bottles and add one tablespoon of castile soap and a few drops of essential oils. Lavender oil is an antiseptic, disinfectant, and bactericide. Lemon oil is an antiseptic, disinfectant, insecticide and fungicide.

Pros — Inexpensive, effective
Cons — Must mix yourself

There is a wide range of choices when it comes to killing germs in your home. To keep your family safe and your home germ-free, choose the option that is affordable yet easy to use.