Are natural cleaning products as effective as those with strong chemicals?


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Contents

  1. 1 About the Scientist
  2. 2 RESULTS SUMMARY
  3. 3 My thoughts on being "too clean".
  4. 4 Procedure
  5. 5 White Vinegar, Isopropanol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Method All-Purpose Cleaner, Thieves Spray, Lysol Disinfectant Spray, and Zylast Hand Sanitizer
  6. 6 Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-purpose cleaner, Chlorine Bleach, Scott 24 hour sanitizing spray, Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Spray, Lysol Disinfectant Spray. 
  7. 7 Lysol Disinfectant Spray 10 minute experiment.
  8. 8 Will Lysol disinfect the bottom of shoes?
  9. 9 Will Lysol Disinfectant Spray Disinfect the Toilet?
  10. 10 How well does Lysol disinfect fabric and carpet?
  11. 11 Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-purpose cleaner, Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach, and Scott 24 hour Sanitizing Spray.
  12. 12 Pine-Sol, Clorox Clean-Up with bleach, Clorox Anywhere Spray, Baking Soda, Borax
  13. 13 Clean Smart Daily Surface Cleaner
  14. 14 Poofy Organics I am Goddess Vesta Spirited Mint All-Purpose Cleaner
  15. 15 Colloidal Silver
  16. 16 Shaklee Basic G, Basic H, Melaleuca Sol-u-guard, Lysol Power and Free, OdoBan, Fabuloso, Star San, Thieves Cleaner, Cleaning Vinegar, ALPET D2, Essential Oxygen 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, PureGreen 24, Lysol concentrate
  17. 17 Force of Nature, doTerra cleaner, Thieves Cleaner, Pyoure, Purell Surface, Better Life, Honest Company, H2O at Home, Hibiclens, Betadine, Citrus II, Lemongrass Spa, BioProtect Clean and Seal, Norwex dish soap, and Oxiclean.
  18. 18 How well do Vodka and lemon juice kill bacteria?
  19. 19 70% Isopropanol and Moonshine (64% ethanol)
  20. 20 Scrubbing Bubbles
  21. 21 How fast does hydrogen peroxide work?
  22. 22 Can you spray hydrogen peroxide and immediately wipe it off? 
  23. 23 How long is a bottle of hydrogen peroxide good and are the stabilizers dangerous? 
  24. 24 Is 3% hydrogen peroxide dangerous?
  25. 25 Doesn't just washing with soap and water remove germs? 
  26. 26 Comparing washing the sink with blue Dawn to washing with just a wet washcloth. 
  27. 27 How germy is my house?
  28. 28 Future Experiments


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With so many different cleaning products on the market, it is hard to decide what to use. Are the natural cleaning products as effective as those with strong chemicals? What is the safest yet effective product to use for my family? To answer these questions, I decided to compare the effectiveness of different cleaning products on bacteria. (It is not possible to test for viruses at home.) These are relatively simple experiments that you can repeat at home and would make great science fair projects for your kids. I've tried to write detailed instructions so they can be repeated. I wore nitrile gloves  to do the experiments. You can even get these kid sized gloves. Also, my experiments use a LOT of bacteria and dirt and may overwhelm some of the cleaning products. So some cleaning products appear to do nothing in my experiments even though they probably really do kill germs in the specific laboratory tests that were done on them. A cleaning product has to be really strong in order to look good in my experiments. My experiments separate the MEN from the BOYS. So, I will not be saying whether or not a particular cleaning product really kills 99.9% of germs like the bottle says. My experiments only allow us to COMPARE different cleaning products under my experimental conditions. However, my experiments give you a good idea of which products are worth using and which aren't. I apologize for how massive and long this page is. Use the table of contents to help you find what you are looking for. 


IMPORTANT! Never mix cleaning chemicals. Never mix ANYTHING with chlorine bleach (or products containing chlorine bleach) especially any product containing ammonia such as Windex. Never mix vinegar with chlorine bleach and never mix alcohol with chlorine bleach. I cannot guarantee any cleaning product or essential oil is safe. I don't even know for sure if the 3% hydrogen peroxide that I use every day to clean is safe. 


About the Scientist


If you are new to my website, let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Annie Pryor. I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry from The Ohio State University. After a few years working in a research lab, I "retired" to be a stay-at-home mom. When my first baby got a terrible stomach virus that required a trip to the ER, I decided to research the subject and created this website dedicated to reducing the prevalence of the stomach "flu" in the world. My 3 little kids keep me busy, but I still get a hankering to do experiments now and then. I've tested cleaning productshand sanitizersproduce washing techniques, essential oilsNorwex ClothsSteriPenslaundrylunch box coldnessthe Phone Soap, spongesand even sunlight. I also happen to be the inventor of a really useful drying rack. I invented it because I needed a convenient place next to the kitchen sink to hang baby bibs up to dry between meals. It is also perfect for drying sports water bottles, dish cloths, food-storage bags, cleaning cloths and many other items. I have a shorter drying rack (12.75 inches tall) which is available here on Amazon. I also have a taller 15 inch rack available here on Amazon. If you would like to be informed when new experimental results are posted, please like my Facebook page



























I am also very proud of my daughter, Katie Scarlett. At age 9, she has written, illustrated, and published the first 4 books in a delightful series! Princess Katie and the Fairy Tea Party , Princess Katie and the Mermaid Lagoon  Princess Katie and the Kitty Club , and Princess Katie and the Sweet Shopare available on amazon. The stories are so sweet and teach about kindness, forgiveness, including others, doing the right thing, and working hard. I think every little girl would love them! Please consider buying them for a little girl that you love. Katie gets about a $2 royalty from amazon for each book sold that is getting deposited into her college savings account. 


RESULTS SUMMARY

These results have moved to this page. Which cleaning products kill germs the best?


My thoughts on being "too clean".

Many people are confused and think that I want to kill all the germs in the world. This is not true. There is good bacteria in our bodies and our environment that is extremely important. I consider myself a "norophobe" and not a "germaphobe". I mainly detest stomach viruses and anything that will kill you. I also detest toxic chemicals. So, I don't want to waste my time using a toxic cleaning product that isn't really doing anything or isn't necessary. That is why I wanted to test these products and figure out what is best. So, I don't think you need to sterilize your entire house. It would be impossible anyway.  Our bodies, produce, carpet, floors, clothing, and environment are full of germs. Most of them are harmless or even helpful. My kids come inside covered in dirt every day and snuggle with our dog. Everyone gets PLENTY of germ exposure.  If you have ever taken a toddler outside to play, you know that they get dirt in their mouths, and it is pretty much impossible to keep them "too clean". However, from my schooling and research I have learned that most nasty illnesses are spread through poop. So, I see no harm in having a clean toilet and washing hands before eating. Washing your hands before eating, keeping a relatively sterile toilet and food preparation surfaces is not going to make a dent in the total number of germs that you are exposed to every day. It will just reduce the likelihood of you coming in contact with a terrible germ. 

Procedure

The procedure has moved to this page. Cleaning Product Experiments


White Vinegar, Isopropanol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Method All-Purpose Cleaner, Thieves Spray, Lysol Disinfectant Spray, and Zylast Hand Sanitizer

These experiments have moved to this page. Cleaning Product Experiments 1


Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-purpose cleaner, Chlorine Bleach, Scott 24 hour sanitizing spray, Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Spray, Lysol Disinfectant Spray. 

These experiments have moved to this page. Cleaning Product Experiments 2

Lysol Disinfectant Spray 10 minute experiment.

The Lysol experiments have moved to their own page here.  Lysol Disinfectant Spray Experiments

Will Lysol disinfect the bottom of shoes?

The Lysol experiment have moved to their own page here. Lysol Disinfectant Spray Experiments

Will Lysol Disinfectant Spray Disinfect the Toilet?

9/17/2017

 The Lysol disinfectant spray experiments have moved to their own pageLysol Disinfectant Spray Experiments

How well does Lysol disinfect fabric and carpet?

10/9/2017
 The Lysol experiments have moved to their own page here. Lysol Disinfectant Spray Experiments

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-purpose cleaner, Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach, and Scott 24 hour Sanitizing Spray.

These results have moved to this page. Cleaning Product Experiments 2



Pine-Sol, Clorox Clean-Up with bleach, Clorox Anywhere Spray, Baking Soda, Borax

These results have moved to this page Cleaning Product Experiments 4


Clean Smart Daily Surface Cleaner

Clean Smart Daily Surface cleaner results have moved to this page. Clean Smart Daily Surface Cleaner Independent Testing



Poofy Organics I am Goddess Vesta Spirited Mint All-Purpose Cleaner

The Poofy Organics experiments have moved to this page. Poofy Organics Independent Testing


Colloidal Silver

The Colloidal Silver experiments have moved to this page. Does colloidal silver kill germs?


Shaklee Basic G, Basic H, Melaleuca Sol-u-guard, Lysol Power and Free, OdoBan, Fabuloso, Star San, Thieves Cleaner, Cleaning Vinegar, ALPET D2, Essential Oxygen 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, PureGreen 24, Lysol concentrate

These results have moved to this page. Cleaning Product Experiments 5




Force of Nature, doTerra cleaner, Thieves Cleaner, Pyoure, Purell Surface, Better Life, Honest Company, H2O at Home, Hibiclens, Betadine, Citrus II, Lemongrass Spa, BioProtect Clean and Seal, Norwex dish soap, and Oxiclean.

12/20/2016
These results have moved to this page. Cleaning Products Page 6


Thieves and doTerra
The Thieves and ON Guard experiments have been moved to this page. Thieves and On Guard Cleaner Experiments



Force of Nature and H20 at Home
The Force of Nature experiments have been moved to this page. Force of Nature Independent Testin


Honest Company and Better Life
These experiments have moved to this page. Honest Company and Better Life Independent Testing


Citurs II and Purell Surface

The Purell surface experiments have moved to this page. Purell Surface Disinfectant Independent Testing



Blue Dawn Dish Soap, Norwex Dish Soap, and Lemongrass Spa hand soap

These results have moved to this page. Cleaning Products Page 6

Oxiclean

How well do Vodka and lemon juice kill bacteria?

(5/5/2017)


The Vodka and lemon juice experiments have been moved to this page. Alcohol Experiments



70% Isopropanol and Moonshine (64% ethanol)

10/6/2017


The isopropanol and Moonshine experiment have moved to this page. Alcohol Experiments



8/2/2017

Scrubbing Bubbles


The Scrubbing Bubbles Experiments have moved to their own page here. Scrubbing Bubbles Experiments



How fast does hydrogen peroxide work?

The hydrogen peroxide experiments have been moved to this page. Hydrogen Peroxide Experiments



Can you spray hydrogen peroxide and immediately wipe it off? 

The hydrogen peroxide experiments have been moved to this page. Hydrogen Peroxide Experiments


How long is a bottle of hydrogen peroxide good and are the stabilizers dangerous? 

The hydrogen peroxide experiments have been moved to this page. Hydrogen Peroxide Experiments


Is 3% hydrogen peroxide dangerous?

The hydrogen peroxide experiments have moved to this page. Hydrogen Peroxide Experiments

And Can Essential Oils be added to Hydrogen Peroxide for cleaning?
The hydrogen peroxide experiments have been moved to this page. Hydrogen Peroxide Experiment



Doesn't just washing with soap and water remove germs? 

The sink washing experiments have been moved to this page. Washing the kitchen sink experiments



Comparing washing the sink with blue Dawn to washing with just a wet washcloth. 

The sink washing experiments have been moved to this page. Washing the kitchen sink experiments

How germy is my house?

This section has been moved to its own page here. How germy are household items?












Future Experiments

 I have many more experiments to do!  If you would like to suggest a product or experiment, please e-mail me phd.annie@gmail.com. If you would like to be informed when new results are posted, please like my facebook page. I always post on there when new results are up. If you would like to help support my work, please use my Amazon links when you shop on amazon. I have an Amazon affiliate account. If you use any of my Amazon links when you shop on Amazon, I get a small percentage of the sale. For example, you can click to Amazon using the link for my daughter's book and buy something. It doesn't matter what you buy, but I will get a small percentage of the sale. I use that Amazon money to buy agar plates and all the supplies that I need to do these experiments. If you don't want to bother using amazon links, you are welcome to send me a small donation through paypal. If you really want to brighten my day, please buy one of my daughter's books. They are excellent! If you don't have a little girl to give them to, buy a copy for your local elementary school library or children's hospital. 



If you want to read more of my experiments, please check out this list. 



Lastly, before you leave, please brush up on your knowledge of stomach bugs so you can help decrease their spread by reading this page of my website. Thank you!




--Annie Pryor, Ph.D 
phd.annie at gmail.com