All-purpose cleaners. Bleach. Ammonia. These items are known to kill germs, but their chemicals can also be toxic to use and inhale. There are several products on the market that are just as effective in killing germs but are safe for you and the environment.

Build your germ-fighting arsenal with these non-toxic cleaners made by nature.

Tea tree oil-also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil is very strong in scent and power and is antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiviral. One study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that tea tree oil was effective in killing the influenza virus.

Peppermint oil-refreshing, cleansing scent that is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It’s also good at repelling pests and bringing a streak-free shine to your glasses and mirrors.

Lemon oil– citrusy, light scent that is naturally antibacterial and antiviral; try all of the citrus oils like lime, grapefruit, and orange

Lavender oil– calming, soothing scent with antibacterial properties

Pine oil-naturally fresh scent with the power to kill E.coli, mold and foul odors.

Eucalyptus oil– woodsy scent with antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. Studies show that eucalyptus oil is not only good for decreasing allergies and fighting mold and mildew in the home, but it’s also effective in eliminating bacteria that cause influenza, pneumonia, staph, and strep.

You can even make your own cleaning products. Try these natural cleaning recipes to create a clean, germ-free home.

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