I know that crazy feeling when someone is sick and you want to do something to “get the germs out” so no one else gets it.
I used to grab Lysol and spray it around the house but when I learned it was full of toxins I decided to find some alternatives.
I realize most of us grew up using Lysol (and the like) so it’s hard to break the habit.
Our parents didn’t know how bad it is and even now it’s just becoming common knowledge.
Lysol is full of chemicals. Ingredients like formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid, and phenylphenol are not safe for adults much less kids.
All those chemicals can be hazardous to our skin and respiratory system.
This Is What I Do When Someone Gets Sick
There are a number of less toxic things you can do to keep the sickness from spreading.
Of course, washing your hands several times a day is one of the best measures.
The 2nd is boosting everyone’s immune system.
The 3rd is getting rid of the germs in the house.
Here’s what I do to take care of #2 and #3 at the same time:
- Run the diffuser with essential oils
- Spray homemade “anti-bacterial” spray around the house
- Wipe surfaces with my Norwex cloths
The essential oils serve to boost your immune system but are also great for cleaning and disinfecting.
Stock Up Ahead Of Time
The best thing to do is have everything you need ahead of time. If you don’t, you’ll be spraying Lysol because it’s easy to grab.
You can easily get what you need online.
Here’s a list of oils that are antiviral and handy for other health issues besides sickness.
I typically have these essential oils on hand at all times.
- Tea Tree
As you probably know there are many brands of essential oils. I’ve been using Plant Therapy because they are pure and tested for toxins. They are easy to purchase and priced reasonably.
You can get them on Amazon or directly at Plant Therapy.
Plant Therapy has free shipping and often has discounts so be sure to check both Amazon and Plant Therapy to find the best deal.
Aptoyu Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, 120 ml
One of my favorite blends is Germ Fighter by Plant Therapy. This blend is very much like Thieves by Young Living. It’s a great blend to diffuse or rub on the bottom of your feet for germ fighting protection when someone in the family is sick.
If I sent my kids to school I would be rubbing this on their feet before school every day.
I finally broke down and got a second diffuser so I can put one in both the girl’s rooms at night.
Natural “Lysol” Recipes
I’ve found several natural Lysol recipes on Pinterest.
Melissa at CleanMySpace.com has a quick DYI disinfect spray tutorial. She uses Thyme Essential Oil in it!
Here’s another one I found for you to pin and save for when you need it. There are more essential oils in this one.
I’ve found there are a few core oils that are great for killing germs and then you can add others to make the scent just the way you like it.
You could just use Germ Fighter as your “natural Lysol”.
That’s the great thing about natural cleaning. There are so many options!