One of the most common cleaning myths is that you can clean virtually anything with bleach. While bleach can indeed be used as an effective disinfectant in a variety of uses, its status as a go-to cleaning product has faded over the years – and for good reason. Bleach is a highly toxic chemical which can be hazardous to both the environment and your health, and its effects are continuing to be exposed by science. To keep your home and family safe, it is important to understand the various reasons why you should probably stop cleaning with products containing bleach.
- It is dangerous for children: Just about everyone knows that bleach is harmful if swallowed and should be kept out of reach of children. But did you know that bleach can have adverse effects on children who live in households where it is frequently used? Bleach can stick to surfaces and emit fumes long after it is used, increasing the risk of respiratory illnesses, asthma, and allergies in children.
- It reacts with other chemicals: When bleach comes into contact with other common household chemicals like ammonia or vinegar, it can create highly-toxic chlorine gas which can damage the lungs and nasal passageways and even result in death. Bleach has also been known to react negatively with other products such as window cleaners, dishwasher detergents, and drain cleaners.
- It can hurt your pets: Household bleach can be equally harmful to animals as it is to humans. Cleaning your floors or bedding with bleach can stain your pets’ paws and fur. Since cats and dogs often lick themselves, they can ingest the bleach which can lead to vomiting, seizures, and sometimes death.
- It hurts the environment: Bleach can be harmful to more than just your home. Chlorine-based bleach released into the environment from industrial processes has been known to poison water supplies and create highly dangerous dioxins which can endanger wildlife. Bleach has also been linked to cancer in studies conducted on laboratory animals, as well as the reduction in populations of a variety of birds and fish.
- Alternatives are equally effective: Many bleach-free cleaning products are equally (if not more) effective at cleaning your home. As simple as it sounds, soap and warm water can clean just about anything in your home just as well as bleach without any of the associated negative effects. Rubbing alcohol can be used as an effective cleaner for plastics and electronics, while hydrogen peroxide can be used as a disinfectant for most household surfaces. Finally, mixing a solution of baking soda and white vinegar can be used as an effective and non-toxic cleaner for nearly any application, including cleaning appliances, glass, fabrics, and more.
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