Sanitizing/Disinfecting Alternatives That are Effective
A safer, just as effective option, hydrogen peroxide, is used by many sensitive people and parents. For the riskier kitchen jobs that involve cutting meat, sponges, touching garbage or compost, pet and people messes, this seems the way to go.
Vinegar is a very good bacteria killer and is a safe everday cleaner, but you can’t beat washing with soap and hot water. If you have a dishwasher, the heat is effective at sanitizing. Doesn’t it seem that we’ve been led to believe that soap and water are just not effective anymore? Are people who use chemical cleaners healthier? Studies have shown that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than plain soap and water for killing disease-causing germs. Where did the idea come from that we need to treat our kitchens as if we are living in a hospital ward? Who does it benefit the most to propagate these useless soaps and products? Moreover, are they putting us at more risk by making common antibiotics less effective?
Another potentially harmful effect of using “sanitizing” soaps and products that claim sanitizing antibacterial or disinfecting properties is that their use can lead to a false sense of security. How many of us use a squirt or a spray and forego taking the time to do a decent handwashing?
(More on disinfecting without chlorine in next post.)
Copyright Lynn Argent, 2008.