by 8greenbeans » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:27 pm
I spray down the house regularly with homemade lysol. It's just a simple spray bottle (that has the misting option), fill it almost full with rubbing alcohol, drip some essential oil of oregano, tea tree, and maybe something that you like to smell - recently it was sweet orange oil for us - in the past it has been lavendar, rose, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, etc ... shake and spray everything. (Usually 15-20 drops per germ fighting oils per 8 oz and then the other oils just enough to smell.) It never smells like a sick house.
Postby ReadyMom » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:38 pm
8greenbeans ... Lysol is supposed to kill 99.9% . Do you know what the percentage of kill is for your homemade version? If you are killing the flu virus, this is REAL important (especially if you find out that someone who was visiting you was ill or you are caring for an ill family member) -k
by 8greenbeans » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:54 pm
Nope, don't know the percentage but I have to say, we still got sick when spraying with lysol (not to mention having all those chemicals flying around) but with this spray we don't get sick, don't smell like a sick house, and don't have the reactions we do like we do with the lysol.
Tea tree oil is a known germ killer that is comparable to lysol AND bleach. So are many of the other essential oils. So all combined I wouldn't be surprised if everything is killed due to the many different oils that fight different things.
As for the flu. Yes, our neighbors had the H1N1 and visited here - kids staying here trying not to contract it from sick family members but unknowingly already had it, their mom visiting - the whole house and anyone who visited them or they visited got it ... except us - no one here got it at all. We even visited my father in the rehabilitation center and he has not gotten any of it.
Hope that helps.
So, I did a little searching and found this recipe:
http://trainachild.blogspot.com/2009/01 ... lysol.html
Buy an empty spray bottle and label it so that it does not get used for anything else. Then mix
- 1 part 5% white vinegar
1 part 3% peroxide
if you want, a few drops of fragrance
Turn the nozzle until it is the finest mist you can get. Spray on surface and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Wipe off if desired (like the toilet seat, not only because no one wants a wet tuchus, but also so you don't get it on clothes and discolor them).