Home made Counter and Floor Cleaner
I recently read an article about someone who recommended using hydrogen peroxide and vinegar to clean counter tops. They had discovered that a researcher, named Susan Sumner, from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University State in Blackwell had done a study on it and written an abstract about it. I tried to find the link to include in this article, but found a link dated 1996 – so it probably is no longer available online. I will list some links below this article for more information. Susan Sumner discovered that by spraying a surface with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and then spraying over that same wet surface with distilled white vinegar created an acidic reaction that cleaned and killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, and E Coli organisms. Her method cleaned 10 times better than using either solution alone, or by using chlorine bleach. It doesn’t matter which gets sprayed first. You can make your own home cleaner and disinfectant by purchasing two spray bottles at your local Walmart and by filling one bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide (found near the pharmacy section) and fill the other bottle with distilled white vinegar (found near the salad dressing and pickles). You don’t dilute either of them.
I decided to give it a try, but I used it on my tile floor. I was astonished that after letting it set aproximately 2 minutes, I took a Scotch scrubber pad and just wiped up the dirt and grime. I mean “wiped”. There was no scrubbing involved. There was something very sticky and hard that came up very easily, too. I mopped my floors with regular mop water which consisted of ½ cup white distilled vinegar to about 1-1/2 gallons of warm water. Normally when I clean my floors, I have to get on my hands and knees and scrub, and I am sore all over. This took about 15 minutes to do. I highly recommend this method. Not only am I saving money, but I’m saving myself a lot of pain and discomfort.
I know there are a lot of people that have granite counter tops. I don’t recommend using it on them, however, I do know that ceramic tile and laminate counters are safe to use it on. If you use it on granite you may not notice damage immediately but since it builds up an acidic reaction, it might get damaged over time. Also, I don’t know if you can use this on wood floors, but it is safe for ceramic tile floors.
Although I didn’t find the abstract that Susan wrote, I found an article about it written by Janet Raloff, Senior Editor for Science News during Sept. 28, 1996. Apparently she used this method to clean vegetables, too. It didn’t appear to alter the flavor except for lettuce in which it left a slight vinegar taste. But if you dress your salad with vinaigrette, it would hardly be noticeable is what she said.
Susan’s disinfecting method will kill almost all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. Coli bacteria on surfaces as well as vegetables, meats, and it disinfects carcasses. (Her experiment was trying to find a disinfectant for meat which harbors E coli, and as a result she not only found a way to disinfect the meat, but a method that disinfected carcasses, too. I hope that isn’t too much information, but if you are like me, you want to know more about it before you try it.
Janet Raloff, Senior Editor, Science News http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arch/9-28-96/food.htm
Janet Raloff, Senior Editor, Science News http://journals2.iranscience.net:800/www.sciencenews.org/www.sciencenews.org/Sn_arch/9_28_96/Food.htm