WHY VINEGAR & OTHER NEEDFUL THINGS PART I

Why vinegar? Specifically, why essential oil, citrus fortified aka Cleopatra’s Mystery All-purpose Cleaning Vinegar (CM), for daily cleaning instead of commercial chlorine or non-natural disinfectants? Let’s begin with a comparison.

First, the basics. Whatever is used to clean and deodorize the home environment, you inhale, eat, and have molecules attach to your skin and enter your bloodstream and organs. The majority of mainstream, chemical cleaning products are laden with the “GENS”–carcinogens & allergens, and, the “hydes”–formaldehyde & acetaldehyde which are both carcinogenic and allergens (Environmental Working Group, 2017; UCSF Institute for Health & Aging, 2013).

Second, which is related to number one above. Yes it is true that some commercial disenfectants are more fast acting Surface cleaners than vinegar, however, crucial to your life, vinegar is niether a “gen” or a “hyde.” So back to the original question–why vinegar if safety/protection from harmful bacteria is important? A 2011 study conducted by Canada's National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (Bauers, 2012) found that vinegar penetrates the cell membrane and kills “gram-negative” bacterias such as “shigella, salmonella, E. coli” (2011) but used properly will not aim to kill you. So what about gram-positive bacteria? Enter essential oils (EOs)-that is their speciality! 

ADVANCE TO PART II!

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Hang Eucalyptus Cinera over showerhead for passive respiratory therapy & to "Steam Clean" the air during showers.

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