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The Most Natural Disinfectant?

Vinegar, lemon, and baking soda get a lot of attention for being all-natural, safe, and extremely effective disinfectants. Almost anything in your house that needs cleaning can be handled with one of these three items!

There's one more thing that's amazing at disinfecting, and you may or may not have thought of it. Next time you're doing your house cleaning, you'll want to keep this one in mind!

It's Bright, Hot, and a Star

No, really: it's the sun! If you've ever hung your clothes out to dry on clothesline, you know that when you bring your laundry in, it smells and feels clean, crisp, and very fresh. That's the sunlight at work.

Sunlight brings ultraviolet radiation to the picture. UV rays are the reason you need to wear sunscreen when you go outside, but they're also the reason you can put things out in the sun to disinfect—they kill bacteria!

There are many innovators who have tested the ability of UV rays to disinfect, and in fact, there are already several ways this is being used:

  • Poor quality water left in plastic water bottles in sunlight have fewer bacteria.
  • Some swimming pools are disinfected with a UV light that is passed through the water.
  • Toothbrush manufacturers have marketed self-disinfecting toothbrushes with built-in UV lights.

Using the Sunlight

There are lots of great ways to use this power for yourself, and as it gets warmer into the spring and summer months, you might want to give this a try! Great things to disinfect with sunlight include:

  • Rugs
  • Mattresses
  • Clothesline
  • Soft desk chairs
  • Trash cans

The best thing you can do is combine your cleaning techniques. For instance, sprinkle your mattress with baking soda, vacuum it, then set it out in the sun for a little while. You can do the same thing with a rug or a desk chair. For sturdier items, spray them down with vinegar, wipe them clean, then set them in the sun to dry.

Clean, fresh, crisp, and it doesn't come any more natural than sunlight!

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