5 Safe Methods of Disinfecting Your Home

Soap and Water

If you're not dealing with a heavy-duty germ situation and just generally want to get your house clean, then soap and water is the original eco-friendly cleaner. Soap provides a lather that's able to mix oil and water together in a way that attracts and suspends dirt so that it can be rinsed away. So a bucket full of hot, soapy water is always you best bet for cleaning floors, countertops and other household surfaces.

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