The most common cleaning agent that people use when they want to clean their home properly is bleach. However, studies have shown that this common ingredient can be very harmful. Bleach is usually used to disinfect kitchen and bathroom areas as well as for the removal of mold and mildew. However, it is highly corrosive which make it extremely dangerous. It irritates the respiratory tract, the skin, the eyes and can even cause damage to the esophagus lining and the lungs.
Even when diluted, bleach is still potent to the extent of causing burns and irritation. Bleach is especially detrimental to infants, young children, and pets, given that their immune systems are unable to combat harsh chemicals. It is known to cause damage to the nervous system, vomiting, asthma flares, migraines, and extreme headaches. It`s most dangerous when combined with vinegar or any other acidic product, resulting in toxic fumes emitted in the air. These toxins can lead to serious, sometimes even fatal effects when inhaled.
It is also worth mentioning that bleach contributes to water pollution, too. When it reaches our water systems, it reacts with certain minerals and elements to form dangerous toxic compound which take a lot of time to vanish. Doixin is one of the worst by-products of bleach which is widely used in our day-to-day activities, such as cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. This compound hardly breaks down and it takes many years for it to dissipate. It is believed that dioxin is one of the key contributing factors when it comes to endocrine disorders, such as causing low sperm count, breast and testicular cancer, and ability to mimic human hormones.
Since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has banned the use of bleach in hospitals, schools, and restaurants, why don’t we start doing the same thing in our households? Instead of using toxic cancer causing products, opt for vinegar, lemon juice, borax, baking soda, or essential oils, all of which are effective, all-natural, and completely safe to use.
Cleaning with essential oils
Lemon essential oil is one of the best essential oils you can use to clean your home with. Adding a few drops to your homemade cleanser makes your home smell heavenly, without the dangerous chemicals. You can use it to remove or brighten stains, to wipe your kitchen counters, or add a few drops to a gallon of water and mop the floors.
Tea tree essential oil is the second most effective alternative to bleach. Due to its antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, it works wonders when it comes to removing mildew and mold around the house. All you have to do is to add two teaspoons of tea tree essential oil to two cups of water. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spritz on moldy areas, like showers.