Saturday, June 5, 2010

Antiseptic Spray

Disinfectants are designed to kill germs. They are also often toxic in nature do to this "killing" action. The first ingredient in many disinfectants (including Lysol) is actually a registered pesticide. I don't really use disinfectants much and have never really relied on them for killing viruses or other "sick" germs. I rely on hand washing and fresh air mostly. But I do like to have them on hand for using after I have been working with raw chicken, on the toilet seat, and on the fridge handle, phone, and door handles at times. So I decided to give this one a try.

Picture to come soon.

Merlin's Magic Antiseptic Soap Spray

liquid soap, vegetable-based Castile, unscented or eucalyptus scented (I used unscented)
purified water
tea tree oil
16oz squirt or spray bottle

Fill the bottle almost full with water and then add 3 Tablespoons of liquid soap to prevent the bottle from sudsing up as you fill. Because minerals inhibit the cleansing power of soap, it is best to use purified or distilled water. Add 20-30 drops or more of the tea tree oil for antiseptic power. Shake to mix.

Cost comparison from book - $2.99 (Lysol spray) vs. $1.10 (Merlin's Magic). Savings of $1.89.

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