Bleach is a remarkably effective disinfectant, but it's also toxic and corrosive. If you're committed to removing cleaning chemicals from your life and replacing them with eco friendly products, we have good news: There are alternatives to bleach available that are cheap, effective and best of all, non-toxic and green.
Here are some solutions that you can use without fear of causing harm to yourself, your family or your pets:
- Baking soda: This is a great cleaner that also removes odors from whatever you're washing.
- Lemon: Mixing lemon juice with water can kill some bacteria, and since most homeowners have some around the house it's typically easy to find and use. However, it's not as powerful as our last option, which is by far the best choice for green-conscious residents.
- Vinegar: You probably already have this in your kitchen, as some recipes call for it. It's also a great cleaning agent that will even kill salmonella, E. coli and mycobacterium, the organism that causes tuberculosis. It's also biodegradable, so you don't need to worry about pouring it down the drain. Simply mix one part vinegar with eight parts water, and you'll have a terrific disinfectant for your kitchen areas.
You can also purchase green disinfectant from companies like Seventh Generation and PureGreen 24.
If you're looking for other alternatives, the Environmental Protection Agency has a list of sanitizers that they have determined to be eco-friendly. With so many options available to green-conscious homeowners, there's no reason to keep using bleach and other chemicals that create health hazards for you and your family. Instead, check out the above environmentally-friendly options and make your home clean and green at the same time!