Re: 1914 bungalow project.
The best disinfectants for those with chemical sensitivities would be steam or white vinegar and peroxide.
Originally Posted by RockyChristine
Steam can be used on any heat tolerant surface. There are two steam machines I'd recommend, one is the SteamFast SF275 and the other is the US Steam ES500. The SF275 is a basic steamer that has a nice selection of cleaning accessories and does an excellent job. At about $100 it is very affordable and a good entry level steamer.
Once you know what steaming is all about you're going to find that a more serious machine such as the ES500 is more what you're going to want. It is basically a commercial grade machine for the home consumer market. At about $600 it is a more significant investment, but this is also a more significant machine that has the ability to keep up with whatever you're doing. I have used a lot of steam machines and these two really stand out from the pack.
White vinegar and hydrogen peroxide work extremely well to sanitize surfaces. They are applied separately and allowed to sit for a minimum of 10 minutes, then simply wipe the surface with a clean cloth. The acidity of the vinegar helps to clean as it disinfects, though you could add a touch of dish washing liquid if you want a surfactant. We use marked generic spray bottles and refill as necessary. If you shop at a warehouse store such as Costco or Sam's Club, both the vinegar and the peroxide are inexpensive.
It is important for many reasons to keep vinegar and peroxide in separate bottles. First and foremost is when combined in a closed environment, they create a gas that is damaging to the lungs and skin. This gas is not created when the two are sprayed onto a surface together, only in a closed environment of a spray bottle. Secondly, a mixed solution degrades quickly AND doesn't work as well as spraying the two products on separately.
Last edited by A. Spruce; 12-23-2011 at 01:44 PM.
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