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Posts Tagged ‘disinfectant’

Clean, Fresh, De-Fungified, And Smelling Good

Posted by terrepruitt on September 10, 2015

So I bet you have seen multiple posts or articles about cleaning with vinegar.  It is a disinfectant, an anti-bacterial, and an anti-fungal.  Some articles say white vinegar is good enough some say you have to use unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar.  You may have also read about our recent situation in which we had an invader in the form of the fungus called ringworm.  Well, a quick summary, we got two one year old kitties who had ringworm.  Thankfully this was suspected the first week they were here so their contamination of the house was kept to a bare minimum.  But I still wanted to disinfect everything I could.  Since animals were involved I wanted to use non-toxic products.  I also employed the use of two other products.  I am going to keep all three of these products in my arsenal of cleaning supplies.

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The second product is simply diluted bleach.  One part bleach for ten parts water.  While bleach isn’t something ingestible, it does a great job of cleaning.  I used it on every surface that could tolerate it.  So not as many as the vinegar.  I used the bleach more for things that were on my shelves so they were taken out of the room and the cats didn’t even have access to them.  I also very much like the smell of bleach.  It makes me feel as if things are clean.

In my search for things non-toxic I came across EarthScents.  The product description said:

The product description said:
–Use Terra Firma anti-fungal, natural all purpose cleaner to clean all hard surfaces. No harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances.
–Aromatherapy scents
–100% natural, earth friendly, bio-degradable, septic safe, and safe for people, pets, and the planet.
–Ideal for those who are allergy prone, sensitive to chemical cleaners, or for those who are concerned about the variety and mixture of harsh chemicals used in their home and around their family.

Its ingredients are:  Purified water, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, glycerin, and rosemary therapeutic essential oil.

It smells great.  I bought the Rosemary scent.  I didn’t use it as much as the vinegar because it says it can’t be used on wood, so I used the vinegar.  But this cleaner is GREAT on mirrors.  I am considering purchasing it just to clean windows and mirrors.  It is great.

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So, I believe that vinegar, the bleach dilute, and the Spray fresh helped me get our house fungus free.  At least I feel like these products cleaned it up!  And with the air freshener it smells really nice.

What do you use to clean your house?  What do you use to make it smell nice?

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Reusable Grocery Bags Could Lead To Your Death

Posted by terrepruitt on February 14, 2013

Other titles you might have seen: “Bag Ban Responsible For E-coli Outbreak”, “Are Reusable Shopping Bags Making Us Sick?”, “Reusable Shopping Bags Can Kill”.  Well, it is terrible that the ban on bags has caused and outbreak of E. coli.  It is so horrendous that the bags are making us sick.  It is out-and-out scary that these bags can kill us!  Just like the title of my post these titles are ridiculous.  The bag ban is not responsible for anything, just like the bags aren’t going to kill us.  What MIGHT happen is if the bags aren’t periodically wiped out and/or washed bacteria can spread and cause illness or even death.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaRecently I was in a grocery store and the bagger commented on my bag.  He said, “Oh your bag smells good.”  And I said, “Does it?”  He said, “Oh YES!  You should smell some of these bags.”  I hadn’t thought about that before.  I mean, I thought about having to wash your bags because food goes in them and some food spills and you don’t want your food bag contaminated.  Plus I use mine at the Farmer’s Market and I don’t always get a produce bag so dirt and bugs end up in there.  So I spray mine and wipe them down.  But I never thought of other people NOT doing it and baggers having to deal that.  Then recently on Facebook someone commented on a post about E. coli outbreak in San Francisco.  Again, I never thought of that because I just thought that people would wipe out their bags.  I figured people would want a clean place to put the food they just purchased.  Since I saw the comment about E. coli in San Francisco on Facebook I wanted to know if that was true.  So I went looking on the internet.  The titles, just like mine, and the things said in articles just crack me up.  Would it really be the fault of the bag?  Would the bag actually cause death?  No, if there was something in the bag dangerous enough to infect me then it would not be the bag’s fault, it would be mine for not washing it out.

I came across an article that states the information about San Francisco’s E. coli outbreak is inaccurate because the study conducted used information from BEFORE the bag ban actually went into effect.  This article mentioned that there was an accurate conclusion of a contaminated grocery bag having the norovirus and girls from a soccer team in Oregon all getting sick from it.  But the article I found regarding THAT incident stated the first person to get sick got very sick in a bathroom and the grocery bag was in close enough proximity to have the germs deposited on it.  While the first girl went home the bag with the snacks stayed behind and the girls that ate those snacks subsequently got ill.  That is the staying power of the norovirus!

The first article had me thinking it was a grocery type of contamination that happened in the bag.  I am glad I popped over to read the other article that clarified it.

Anyway . . . the point is the reusable grocery bags need to be washed.  If you have the plastic-y kind that wouldn’t really survive the washing machine, spray them with a disinfectant and wipe them out.  Or spray them and hose them out.  But there are some types of bags that can be washed in the washing machine and that might be the route to go.  You honestly might not have thought about it because using reusable bags is kind of a new thing, but now that you know the bag can kill you, I am sure you will think to wipe it out every once in a while.  🙂

Do you have a re-usable shopping bag you love?  Where did you get it?  Let us know!

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