I know bleach eradicates all types of bugs and you may have been using for a very long time. But bleach is so bad for you and I’d like you to reconsider using it from today onward.
I don’t want to concern you with what goes into bleach and how dangerous it is. Let’s just focus on healthier alternatives. One word of caution before I begin though: Never mix bleach with anything else, including vinegar and drain cleaners. And please never use bleach to clean your shower or bath.
Here are the two non-bleach alternatives:
- Distilled vinegar. It doesn’t smell great. But neither does bleach! Vinegar is an incredible cleaner. You may even be able to find a distilled vinegar concentrate, which will clean your home even more effectively.
- Lemon juice or essential oil: I know, it can seem strange to put lemon into your bucket before cleaning, but lemon is a strong antibacterial agent. Apply it neat to areas where you want it to work extra hard. To make an all-purpose cleaning spray, add 5 drops of lemon oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil to a glass spray bottle and then fill it with warm water. Just be sure not to use it around pets. Citrus oil can also be used as a stain remover for greasy, oil-based stains. Add a few drops of any citrus oil to a teaspoon of natural, liquid soap and apply.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Now if you really love bleach, this should be your first go-to. Read the instructions and dilute it to a 3% solution. Wear gloves so it doesn’t come into contact with your skin. You can even apply it to some surfaces neat and then rinse. You’ll hear a pleasant hissing sound as it goes to work on bacteria, mold and other bugs. Test it on an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it won’t bleach whatever you’re cleaning!
- Check online for other natural cleaning recipes for specific uses. There are lots of them out there. So there really isn’t any reason to use bleach anymore!