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  • How to Disinfect Naturally During Cold & Flu Season


    Ready to kill some germs? Start here.
    1. Spray down surfaces with this.
    2. Sanitize your hands with this
    3. Clean lunch boxes and book bags with this or this.
    4. Steam clean everything!
    5. Sleep with onion slices in your socks at night. ;) It's the truth!

    I don't even need to read the depressing news to know that cold & flu season is in full swing. Every time I turn around there's another reported case of the flu at our preschool, or dozens of teachers out at the elementary school. My husband got walloped with it two weeks ago and both of my girls are battling runny noses and congestion. Everyone is sick! Luckily there are some easy and effective things you can do to keep your house clean and free of germs right now.

    All of the Mrs. Jones' Soapbox products have their own disinfecting properties but the one I turn to for its powerful germ-fighting properties is the Glass & Granite Cleaner. Made with acetic acid (the natural acid in Vinegar) and alcohol (good ol' Vodka), and topped with an array of essential oils that all boast antibacterial properties, this spray is perfect for killing germs on all surfaces. I particularly like to use it on fabric things, such as book bags, lunch boxes and stuffed animals. Simply spray the surface completely and then let it dry. I also use it to sanitize door knobs, faucets, toilets, and light switches. 

    It's easy to think that you need "powerful" disinfectants like bleach to sanitize but it's simply not true. For instance, vinegar, which has been in use for 10,000 years, can actually render the influenza virus nonviable. It destroys the viral envelope proteins, making the virus ineffective. It is also an antibacterial which travels through the cell's membrane and causes it to die. They've recently discovered in lab tests that vinegar can even kill mycobacteria, the most disinfectant-resistant bacteria known. The best part about it is that while vinegar is extremely toxic to germs and viruses, it is not toxic to humans or animals! We definitely can't say the same for bleach and many of the other disinfecting sprays we buy at the store. 

    In addition to acetic acid and grain alcohol, here is a list of all the other ingredients we use in Mrs. Jones' Soapbox products that have germ-fighting properties:

    And finally, one of my other germ-fighting suggestions is to invest in a good hand held steam cleaner. Steam is an extremely effective and inexpensive option for killing germs. You don't need anything but water and with one quick blast of steam, you'll rest easy knowing your surfaces are safe and sanitized. Here's a link to the one I use and love.

    For disinfecting on the go, these small 4 oz. bottles of Mrs. Jones' Soapbox sprays are perfect. I'm also loving this new hand sanitizer.

    Be well and take good care of yourself!


    Mrs. Jones


    For those who like to read the research, check out these great studies:

    1. Effectiveness of Common Household Cleaning Agents in Reducing the Viability of Human Influenza
    2. Acetic Acid, the Active Component of Vinegar, Is an Effective Tuberculocidal Disinfectant
    3. Antimicrobial Properties of Plant Essential Oils against Human Pathogens and Their Mode of Action: An Updated Review



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