Vinegar vs. disinfectant: the cleaning champion you didn’t know you needed. 

Unrecognizable woman cleaning bathroom tap with vinegar

Did you know that disinfectants contain harsh chemicals that have hidden long-term effects on your health? You probably use them to get rid of the unseen germs in your home, but in reality, it’s causing unseen damage to some of your sensitive organs. 

Disinfectants contain some components like Glutaraldehyde, Peracetic acid, Sodium hypochlorite, and others which may not be harmful in the moment but can lead to several long-term negative health effects on your skin and eyes.  

 They can disrupt the natural lipid balance on the skin, making it dry, cracked, and prone to further irritation and infections. Accidental splashes can also lead to conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), an inflammation or infection of the eye’s outer membrane. In severe cases, exposure to strong disinfectants may cause burns or damage to the cornea, the eye’s outermost layer. 

This in itself is a health hazard that everyone, especially guardians and parents, should take note of.  

 Don’t get me wrong, these disinfectants have their benefits. However, there are a couple of good reasons why they are more dangerous to your health and your loved ones than you would imagine.  

 So, what do you do? What are your alternatives?  

 In this article, we will talk about why you should possibly ditch using disinfectants frequently and consider a natural, safe, and surprisingly effective alternative that you already have at home.  

 VINEGAR is a safer cleaning option compared to disinfectant due to its natural properties, it is eco-friendly, biodegradable, and safe for use in homes with children and pets, making it a healthier choice for cleaning.  

So why should you reconsider using disinfectants frequently? 

  1. Harsh Chemicals: Many disinfectants contain harsh chemicals like bleach or alcohol, which can be irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system, especially for children and those with sensitivities. 
  1. Overuse and Misuse: Frequent use of disinfectants can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and may not be necessary for everyday cleaning. 
  1. Limited Cleaning Power: While disinfectants kill germs, they often don’t offer significant cleaning power. They work best after a surface is already clean. 

 

WHY VINEGAR? 

  1. Natural and Safe: Vinegar is a natural, plant-based solution, making it safe for use around children and pets. It also does not leave behind harsh fumes. 
  1. Effective Cleaning Power: Vinegar cuts through grease, grime, and soap scum effectively. Its acidic nature helps dissolve mineral deposits and leaves surfaces sparkling clean. 
  1. Eco-Friendly: Vinegar is a biodegradable and renewable resource, making it a sustainable choice for your home and the environment. 
  1. Cost-Effective: Compared to disinfectant, one bottle of vinegar lasts a longer time, making it a cost-effective cleaning solution. 

Now that we’ve talked about both cleaning agents, which looks more like your everyday cleaning champion? 

 While both vinegar and disinfectant have their place in a proper cleaning routine, vinegar takes the crown because of its safety and eco-friendliness.  

 

KEY TAKE AWAY:  

  • You don’t need to entirely scrap disinfectants from your cleaning shelf rather, alternate the use of vinegar and disinfectants using a 70:30 ratio. This will go a long way to preserve your health and those of your loved ones. 

 After all is said and done: 
We’re here to help you make informed decisions about your cleaning needs. 

If you have any questions or need professional cleaning assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Diamond Shine for a sparkling cleanup that’s safe for your family and home.