We are told to do this so often it becomes annoying, but let’s face it – it’s one of the most important and effective ways to help stop the spread of germs. And while reminding you to wash your hands isn’t a cleaning tip, I felt compelled to list it because it really is an incredibly easy way to keep germs to a minimum in your home. My kids touch every surface in our house; knowing their hands are clean gives me peace of mind that our home is clean (or cleaner, anyway) as well.
2. Use Honest Disinfecting Spray to clean, deodorize, and disinfect.
3. Sanitize laundry – without bleach.
I find myself washing bathroom hand towels, throw blankets, pillow covers, curtains, and other types of fabric-based home decor items a lot more often these days. Just like with other surfaces in our home, dirt-free does not equal disinfected, and fabrics that are used daily are full of germs. I don’t like using bleach to sanitize laundry because its such a harsh chemical, so I opt for gentler methods. Our washer and dryer actually have sanitizing settings, which is helpful. But you can also add vinegar or peroxide to the wash cycle to help disinfect. Drying on high for at least 45 minutes also helps to sanitize.
5. Regularly take the trash out (and disinfect the containers!).
It might seem obvious to take the trash and recycling out when they’re full, but we have a habit of pushing in as much as possible until the containers are bursting at the seams. There is something to be said for this, because it’s less wasteful to get as much as possible into one trash bag, but it’s not the most sanitary way to go about things. When garbage and things like used tissues (yuck!) are piled up (and repeatedly touched each time we pushed them down), germs are spread. I take the garbage and recycling outside much more frequently these days, and also clean and disinfect the garbage containers with Honest Disinfecting Spray every time, right before I put in a new trash bag.
I hope these tips prove useful for those of you looking to keep your house as germ-free as possible without having to use hazardous chemicals to make it that way. And if I haven’t hinted about it enough yet, head to your local Costco (or the Costco website) and get yourself the Honest Company’s Disinfecting 3-Pack now! I’m telling you guys, it is a game-changer for not only disinfecting but also cleaning and deodorizing too. (Who doesn’t love a multi-tasking cleaning time saver?) I am also such a big fan of in general and have been since my daughter was born in 2013. Their products are made with love and care, and with safety in mind – from baby, personal care, and beauty items to household products like their Disinfecting spray about which I cannot stop gushing. The Honest Company also partners with organizations like Baby2Baby to help ensure all families have access to basic necessities and health information for safe growth and development, which is pretty wonderful.
Do you have any other tips for keeping your home sanitized without the use of harsh chemicals? I’d love to hear them if so!