A few weeks ago I posted a couple of my good friend Monica Koncilja’s safe and clean eco-friendly home cleaning recipes in my Spring Cleaning blog.


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Boy were they popular! And rightly so. They’re easy to mix up and they clean everything with no worries about toxins remaining in the air or home surfaces.

One of my favorite aspects of homemade cleaning products is that they massively reduce the amount of plastic I use. Even if you buy big “refill”-size cleaners, you’re still stuck with a large amount of plastic, sourced from petroleum and now headed to the landfill because many of these containers aren’t recyclable even if you put them in your recycle bin.

So without further ado, here is more miraculous cleaning magic by Monica!


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Safe & Cheap Fruit and Vegetable Spray – great for disinfecting kitchen surfaces too!

This procedure removes dangerous microbes from fresh produce, fresh meat and decontaminates kitchen surfaces without utilizing chlorine bleach. Kills salmonella, shigella, and E. Coli bacteria. Both hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are natural substances that are produced by living organisms. Use the 2 together for the most effective and safest kitchen disinfectant.
Do not use these sprays on marble countertops. Vinegar dissolves calcium-based stone
such as marble, limestone, dolomite, and calcite, and may etch the surface of other natural stone.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar

A little more background: Our bodies produce hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct of metabolism; it is basically water with an added oxygen atom. When hydrogen peroxide is exposed to heat, light, or any organic material; it releases the extra oxygen, this reaction creates pure oxygen which is toxic to microorganisms, which is why hydrogen peroxide is an effective antiseptic.


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Hydrogen peroxide is 100 times more effective in killing bacteria than vinegar – and studies show that vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of viruses! Now that’s strong!

1. Buy 2 plastic spray bottles in 2 different colors. One bottle must be completely opaque and as dark of a color as you can find. This bottle is for the hydrogen peroxide which degrades if exposed to any light. (Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide cannot be kept in the same bottle because hydrogen peroxide is delicate and readily breaks down into pure water).

2. Buy a large bottle of consumer strength (3%) hydrogen peroxide at the drug store or grocery store. Fill your dark spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and store it in a cool, dark place. (Do not attempt to use laboratory strength–30%, hydrogen peroxide, as it is a very strong oxidizer that starts fires.)
3. Buy a gallon of distilled white vinegar

Disinfecting meat or produce:
When you are washing fruits and vegetables, rinse off the dirt and grit off fruits and vegetables. Spray meat or produce first with vinegar and then with hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide, which has no taste, rinses the vinegar off the produce or meat. No further rinsing is necessary.


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Disinfecting surfaces:
Fist spray vinegar, then spray with hydrogen peroxide; wipe clean. No need to rinse.

References: Organic Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck