You use garlic in cooking but apparently it never occurred to you that it could be useful as a cleaner.
And yet, garlic, because of the allicin it contains, can kill bacteria and fungi. Even when dissolved in liquid, its action remains strong. This means that if you prefer not to use harsh chemicals to remove bacteria from kitchen surfaces you can easily make your own antibacterial spray with fresh garlic cloves.
DIY Spray Cleaner
Garlic spray cleaner is effective and you can make it by following the steps below:
Materials you will need
- an empty spray bottle
- white vinegar
- 6-7 cloves of garlic
- essential oil of your choice
- Fill the empty spray bottle with vinegar. White vinegar is a natural cleaner that kills certain pathogens, such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.
- Chop the garlic into rings and add them to the vinegar. You can also use a garlic press if you have one.
- Leave the mixture overnight with the spray nozzle screwed in place.
If you have a favorite essential oil, you can add it to the mixture to enhance the smell of garlic. Some good choices are lemon, lavender, grapefruit, orange essential oil. Add the drops about eight hours after you have made the garlic-vinegar mixture.
Shake well and spray the kitchen surfaces you want to clean.