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Healthy Ways to Clean During Cold & Flu Season

If the flu strikes your family, it’s time to do some green cleaning to prevent it from spreading to other family members!

Of course, you’ll be busy caring for that sick loved one, so here are a few easy solutions to quickly, but effectively sanitize and clean.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree essential oil is a great oil for disinfecting.

To disinfect the air, try distilling some essential oils known to kill germs, such as eucalyptus, tea tree, or ravensara. For other natural air freshening ideas, check out “Top 12 Green DIY Air Fresheners.

Green Shieled Organic Surface Wipes

Green Shield Organic Surface Wipes are a quick, eoc-friendly cleaning solution.

Cleaning several common surfaces that eveyone touches on a daily basis, such as doorknobs, phones, remote controls, refrigerator handles, and light switches is absolutely essential. Try a green disinfecting wipe, such as Seventh Generations’ Disinfecting Wipes or Green Shield Organics Surface Wipes, for a quick solution. Or, simply spray use a rag sprayed with a disinfecting all-purpose spray, such as a DIY vodka or vinegar spray.

Aromatherapy Cleanser

Baking soda with essential oils cleans up vomit and naturally disinfects.

If you have the unfortunate situation of someone with a stomach flu in your family and you need to clean up vomit, sprinkle plain baking soda or some scented with natural essential oils as in this recipe for “Aromatherapy Cleanser.” After letting it sit for a while, dispose of the baking soda and then clean the area. If it’s on the floor, use a green all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner specifically designed for hard surface floors, wood floors, or carpet.

Copyright © Karen Peltier and Well Gal, 2013. All rights reserved.
Photos © Karen Peltier and Well Gal, 2012-2013.

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