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07-27-2006, 11:32 AM
Just wondering what everyone uses to disinfect their exercise equipment. Especially since the gym mats get all sweaty...etc. :D I just read an article about people getting plantar warts, staph infections, and skin rashes from using the communal gym mats at the gym. I suppose it is not a regular practice at some places to sanitize them. I realize if your immune system is healthy, you may be spared... but I am sure people would like to know what they can use for sweaty equipment! I just need to know what I can do for my own home gym.
07-27-2006, 11:55 AM
Vinegar Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs More Cleaning Solutions
Adapted from the "Care2 Ask Annie" newsletter.
Vinegar is a mainstay of the old folk recipes for cleaning, and with good reason. The vim of the vinegar is that it kills bacteria, mold, and germs.
Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegarsuch as you can buy in the supermarketkills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can't claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show 48 Hours had a special last December with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.
Just like antibiotics, common disinfectants found in sponges and household sprays may contribute to drug resistant bacteria, according to researchers of drug resistance at Tufts New England Medical Center. Furthermore, research at the Government Accounting Office shows that many commercial disinfectants are ineffective to begin with, just like antibiotics.
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.
I never knew that vinegar has disinfecting properties. I will begin using it.
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