Many of you know that I am a big fan of consuming foods that contain natural ingredients and try to limit the amount of artificial chemicals in my house. Years ago I didn’t care about fake ingredients or chemicals (I lived on diet soda and Splenda in everything!), but that changed about 7 years ago when I had a big endocrine disruption going on and had to figure out how I could start to feel better. Along with changing my diet, I took out plastics and synthetic cleaning products from my home. I switched to natural cleaners – using mostly vinegar, and just in the past year have added essential oils and Norwex products to my natural cleaning regime.
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Test results for natural cleaners vs. synthetic chemical cleaners.
*Bleach and 409 killed the most bacteria
*Tea Tree oil and Thieves poured straight killed the next amount
*The thieves blend did decent but not as well as the straight oil
*Vinegar did ok but not awesome
*Norwex test didn’t count for this one
*Bleach and 409 were still at the top for killing the most bacteria
*Tea tree oil with vinegar and with water was next for killing the most bacteria
*Thieves with water and Thieves blend with purification and lemongrass didn’t do awesome.
*Vinegar and water still had a lot of bacteria.
*Norwex cloth had the most bacteria grown on the dish.
The Norwex cloth did not do well, which really surprised me and made me want to test it again. (I really love using it!) I know they do chicken swab tests which seem to work so I’m not sure why mine did not. My towel may be close to a year old now which could mean something. I have to check when I bought it. I am also not sure I cleaned with it lying flat like you are supposed to. I have a second bacteria kit on its way now so I can test them all one more time. I also recently purchased the thieves cleaner from Young Living so I am curios if it works better than my homemade blend.
So far I am going to stick with thieves and tea tree oil for cleaning. Vinegar might not be as good as I thought it was and may be off the list. And the verdict is still out on the Norwex cloth. (I really want it to work well!)
*UPDATE* A new Norwex cloth did MUCH BETTER in PART 2 of my experiment.
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*Please do not take these results as any claims or proof of efficacy. This is my own personal test and may not be accurate.*
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