Disinfecting wipes: uuugh...heavy sigh....deep breath.... Disinfecting wipes are like fast food: easy, available and effortless. But instead of high fructose corn syrup these wipes use pesticides. Yup, our daily disinfecting wipes are monitored by the EPA and classified as a pesticide. Crazy right???
Today, I got an email update from the Women's Voices website on the concerns of disinfecting wipes. I'm sharing it with you because it is indeed a message that should be heard! Women's voices is a fantastic website full of solid research and helpful wisdom.
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As it turns out the lesson I learned 25 years ago still holds true. Be very careful and aware when using products that kill something- aka germ killers, mold killers, pesticides etc. Because... and this is a huge point ... they kill or damage living organisms. And we are in fact a living organism!
Before you panic about germs and how to avoid keep this in mind:
In most situations removal of germs/soil is a much healthier way of creating a safe environment than the killing germs.
Here is a wonderfully simple alternative for you: Use Residue Free cleaning
1. Thoroughly wipe surface down with a damp towel and a little mild cleaner or a damp microfiber- Rub back and forth
Mild cleaners: dish washing liquid, liquid castle soap, baby wipes
2. Rinse with a moist/wet, clean towel, microfiber or even paper towel - Rub back and forth
3. Dry surface again rub back and forth
In this three step process you are loosening the soil/germs and breaking surface tension. Then rinsing and removing the cleaner and germs/soil. Finally with drying, you further remove the cleaner, soil/germs and moisture. Leaving your surface clean and free of residue
After all, cleaning is the removal of germs, soil, etc not the addition of chemicals.
By the way, I am not against disinfectants. In some situations they can be life saving. What I am against is using disinfectants daily, without reading, following the label and most importantly out of habit or fear. This is unnecessary and total overkill.
Cleaning is a science and an art. Learn how to clean for the health of home and family. We teach residue free cleaning which focuses on the science and actual system of cleaning. Call if you would like to schedule a presentation or consult.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and simply clean home,