We all want a clean home and fresh clothes and linens. One of the most common ways we do this is with the use of the household cleaner, bleach. While bleach is inexpensive and safe when used in the correct amounts, there can be certain risks that come with bleach. For instance, harmful effects of bleach include irritation to the eyes, throat irritation, respiratory irritation, and allergic reactions. Also, when bleach is manufactured, it produces a chemical called dioxin, which is detrimental to the environment. To avoid the possibility of these effects, opt for natural bleach alternatives, which are just as effective!

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Natural Bleach Alternatives:

natural bleach alternatives imageHydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide should not be used to clean counter tops because it can cause burning or skin irritation (if it isn’t used according to label directions). However, you can add it to your laundry as a natural bleach alternative. All you need is one cup per wash load.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a great disinfectant and an effective natural bleach alternative. It kills salmonella and E. coli, making it a great sanitizer in the kitchen. In the article “Natural Alternative to Bleach for Disinfecting”, Bethany Wieman suggests mixing 4 cups of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar with warm water to scrub tile. Also, she recommends mixing equal amounts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean glass surfaces.

Sunlight

Believe it or not, sunlight is actually a powerful disinfectant and whitener! To get the best results, spray your linens with lemon juice or vinegar and let them soak up some sun outside.

Natural Bleach Alternative Recipe

The following recipe is from onegoodthingbyjillee.com:

Ingredients

  • 12 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Steps

  1. Mix the ingredients
  2. Add 2 cups per wash load or put in a spray bottle for a household cleaner

There are so many natural alternatives to common household products that you can make right at home. For example, here you can learn to make your own herbal toothpaste!

Also, learn even more natural recipes and alternatives here!

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Sources:

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/10/a-natural-bleach-alternative.html

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/natural-alternatives-bleach-disinfecting-79312.html

http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/10/homemade-bleach-alternative/

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