I grew up cleaning with Comet, Windex, Pine Sol and lots of paper towels.
Wow have things changed!
It has been a bit of a slow evolution but now I use white vinegar (my kids hate the smell!), essential oils in a diffuser instead of room sprays, steam mop, Norwex clothes. I usually have a bottle of Dr. Bronner concentrate under my sink, Bio Kleen makes a great carpet shampoo and I recently found Aunt Fannie’s which is a Oregon based company (Support LOCAL ❤ Small Business!) and have been enjoying (as much as you can call cleaning enjoyable) these products in my home. I also wash and reuse cloth rags and napkins.
When I pick up a placenta for encapsulation I place it in a placenta only designated fridge and I begin cleaning my kitchen, washing the counters and sink with my cleaner and rags. Once the kitchen is clean I bust out the big guns. I use a product called CaviCide…which “is a convenient, ready-to-use, intermediate-level surface disinfectant that is effective against TB, HBV, HCV, viruses (hydrophilic and lipophilic), bacteria (including MRSA and VRE) and fungi. It can be used in the NICU, operating rooms, isolation rooms, patient care areas and laboratories.” I also use bleach and Sani-Wipes as well as paper towels and one time use scrubbing pads.
Once the placenta is placed in the dehydrator I wash my reusable supplies with hot soapy water then soak in a bleach solution and re-clean the kitchen using the above mentioned hospital grade cleaners and then I wipe everything down with a hot soapy rag.
The next day when the dried placenta is ready to be ground and put into capsules the surfaces I use and equipment is again cleaned, sanitized, used, sanitized and cleaned again.
Yep you read right, a huge portion of the placenta encapsulation process involves cleaning and washing and soaking and sanitizing and repeating! But the bottom line is proper sanitation of reusable equipment and surfaces is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens. My clients’, my family’s and my own health and safety will always be a top priority!
So there you have it. Natural cleaners are awesome and work great for when I have to tackle the bathrooms. However, when blood is involved I’m trained and ready with the appropriate hospital grade cleaners and protocols.
*Most families prefer that their placenta is processed away from their home, however if you would rather it be prepared in your own space I am happy to accommodate.