Q: Grandma, my son has flu for these past few days. What can I do or use to keep germs down in my house? I have two small kids who may get infected. I need some helpful remedies.
A: Dear B, Cleaning one’s home is of paramount concern to parents especially when there are very young kids and babies around. Pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi can wreak havoc to health; young children are most especially susceptible. When you clean your home, it is important that the pathogens or disease-causing microorganisms are eradicated. A home cannot be truly clean until it is germ free. The start of one getting sick can signal the possible spread of disease that is why disinfecting the home is a must.
HOME REMEDIES FOR DISINFECTING YOUR HOME
1. Vinegar and Peppermint Extract – Vinegar is an excellent household disinfectant. It can be practically used on everything, from cleaning the windows to mopping the floor. The downside though is its scent. You can mix some organic peppermint extract to counter the smell. This home remedies for disinfecting home is safe to use around children and the elderly alike.
2. Tee Tree- Orange-Neem Oil – Other good home remedies for disinfecting your home includes using natural oils. Just apply a few drops on a damp cloth and wipe the surfaces; these will kill germs and bacteria without leaving any chemical residue.
3. Bleach – Mix a solution of one-to-three ratio with water. Put the solution in a spray bottle. This now can be used to clean counters, tables and ceramics. Additionally, this bleach is a powerful disinfectant. It can kill up to 99% of germs when applied correctly. Bleach also has lots of variety when it comes to scents.
4. Alcohol – When using alcohol do no pour it into the surface it tends to dry quickly. It’s better to pour it into a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe. When drying alcohol does not leave any residue so it is safe around children, the bad side though is if it’s consumed it can be hazardous.
5. Silver Cleaner and Steel Wool – When dealing with crayon marks it is best to use a silver cleaner when it is applied on a vinyl or linoleum. When the crayon is drawn on wood it is applicable to use a steel wool pads with soap. These home remedies for disinfecting home are useful especially when you have children.
6. Blackboard Chalk – Let the black board chalk/dust sit on the carpet for 20 to 30 minutes and vacuum it up. The blackboard chalk will mix with the grease and turn it into a bigger mass that is easier to vacuum.
7. Hair Spray – Use hair spray directly on pen marks on your clothes and wash away with sudsy water.
8. Toothpaste – Toothpaste can be used as a substitute in cleaning tiles in the kitchen or bathroom. This can remove grout in tiles and can make it shine even better. It can also be used to clean jewelries such as rings and necklaces.
9. Baking Soda – Mix with water this can be used to clean ceramic tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. When handling spilled milk on sofas. Just apply baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes and vacuum. The baking soda will stop the odor and prevent it from staining. 
10. Hydrogen Peroxide – Hydrogen peroxide is a cheap and highly effective disinfectant that does not only disinfect surfaces; it also gives a luster free shine to mirrors. When trying to mix hydrogen peroxide it is wise to store it immediately in an opaque container and do not let it sit on sunlight.