Ever wonder if there’s a replacement for that nasty, oh so hazardous to our health, bleach? While it may whiten your whites, it’s an extremely dangerous chemical, that has no place in our homes.
There’s a thorough post about the hazards of bleach here, but here’s a refresher…
- Bleach, mixed with ammonia creates a poisonous gas that causes respiratory distress and can actually stop lung function Remember, urine contains ammonia, so using bleach products to clean your toilet is particularly dangerous
- Household bleach is composed of chlorine and lye (the stabilizer). Lye is highly corrosive to living tissue, and can cause burns to your skin and eyes
- Bleach fumes are toxic for everyone, but for those who suffer with allergies and asthma, bleach can be a trigger for serious complications
- At room temperature bleach is a gas, and in it’s gaseous form bleach can form cancer causing dioxins which we inhale These dioxins are also linked to an increased risk of infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, diabetes, and immune system problems
- Of the thousands of calls made for medical help each year, approximately 1/4 of them are related to bleach and household cleaning products with bleach in them. Most of these incidents involve children and can be potentially fatal
Now that we’ve looked at the hazards of bleach, let’s look at a replacement that will whiten our whites just as effectively!
You may be familiar with these whitening agents in other products that you use throughout your home.
- hydrogen peroxide
- lemon juice
Separately they can work wonders, but all together, there will be no excuse for using nasty bleach again!
- 2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
- ¾ cup lemon juice – fresh is best, but the bottled juice is fine too
- distilled water, enough to fill a gallon jug.
- 10-12 drops of lemon essential oil (optional… but it makes your clothes smell fresh!)
- Pour the hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, and essential oil into an empty 1 gallon (4 lt) jug, then fill to the top with distilled water.
- Gently shake to combine
- Add 1 cup of homemade bleach to the washing cycle of your white loads of laundry
- If you can, hang your clothes to dry in the sun!
This recipe is great with our Norwex Laundry Soap!