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Where Are the Bathroom Germs? You’ll Be Surprised

Where Are the Bathroom Germs? You’ll Be Surprised

This one will surprise you as much as it did me: Do you know where the most germs are in your bathroom? Not where youíre thinking, but in the sink drain! What to do about them?

Researchers from Tufts New England Medical Center now think that disinfectants are not effective in the first place, and that they simply lead to the development of more resistant strains of bacteria. But there is a great non-toxic and very effective way to rid your bathroom (or any room) of germs.

Here’s how to make a sweet-smelling antibacterial spray, and an easiest-ever tip for dealing with those drain germs–right here:

1. Pour a cup or two of straight vinegar down your drains. Ordinary vinegar has a 80-99% kill rate for bacteria and viruses. Do this once or twice a week and youíre set.

2. Make this sweet-smelling antibacterial spray to use on toilet seats, countertops, doorknobs, cutting boards–anywhere germs like to lurk. Lavender is more antiseptic than phenol, which is the industry standard.

1 cup water
1 teaspoon pure essential oil of lavender

Place water in a spray bottle, add lavender oil and shake vigorously to mix. Spray on surfaces and allow to stand at least 15 minutes, or donít rinse at all.

Makes one cup of spray. Keeps indefinitely.

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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12:34PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Thank you.

8:15AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thanks for the info.

11:47AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012


5:07AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Thank you

9:50PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Vinegar and baking soda.

9:49PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Thanks for the post

11:29AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012


9:00AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:37AM PST on Mar 11, 2012

Thanks for the information

6:11PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Yes, finally an article that confirms the good thing about vinegar. I pour vinegar down everything almost....the kitchen sink, toilet, bath sinks, tub, shower, etc. It works so well. I mix it with water and use it to wipe down the kitchen counter and bath counter. It works well and it is cheap.

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