If you've been making your own cleaning products at home, here's what you need to know to make sure your products are safe and effective at killing viruses and bacteria.
SATURDAY, April 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you're one of the many people making your own cleaning products at home because you can't find them in stores, you need to be sure what you make is safe and effective, an environmental medicine expert says.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) cleaning products made from ingredients such as vinegar, essential oils and baking soda are safe, but they haven't been shown to kill viruses or bacteria, said Robert Laumbach. He's an associate professor at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers University, in New Jersey.
"It is essential to make a distinction between cleaning and disinfecting products. Cleaners remove dirt and some, but not all, germs. Disinfectants kill germs, including bacteria and viruses," he said in a university news release.