To Bleach or Not To Bleach!?

Should we really be using bleach to clean around the house?

When there are so many alternatives to bleach coming about and new home made recipes is it about time that we adapted and began changing the products we use?

I mean, of course there are upsides to using bleach; it is an amazing disinfectant, you can get instant results and it is guaranteed to kill germs and bacteria. It holds so many different purposes and uses around the house that it is almost silly to think about not using it.

Using bleach can remove the toughest of stains on glass cookware (there is always that burnt bit of pasta bake that refuses to let go) and will make them shine like they’ve never shone before! Still got that mark on the toilet from the previous owners that is staring you down in the constant battle of cleaning? Bleach can get rid of that for you; maybe not instantly but definitely over time, you’ll win the war. After a long day of working in the garden those tools just look like they’ve been beaten and attacked, when in fact they’ve been doing the attacking. Show those tools whose boss and let them soak in watered down bleach and you are good to defend your flower borders next time you’re out there.

While you are outside in the garden, dilute some bleach with water in a spray bottle, spritz some on your garden bricks or slabs and use a brush to really clean them. Just hose away afterwards and your garden will look fabulous and it should also help keep the weeds at bay.

Using bleach may seem like a good option, but there are also other things you have to think about.

With children around it is vital that you properly rinse away any remaining product that could be left on surfaces. You must also be very careful not to get it on your skin as you are using it. It is extremely irritating, especially to the eyes.

It has also been shown that children who grow up in houses regularly cleaned with bleach are more prone to illnesses such as the flu and tonsillitis. With an environment so clean it hinders the development of their immune system making them more susceptible to germs outside of the home. We all know that the smell of bleach isn’t terribly pleasant and is hard to get out of the house, even with all the windows open.

So what are the alternatives?

There are so many new cleaning products on the market that are just as effective AND do not contain bleach. They can be found in supermarkets, smaller retail shops and even your corner shop. We have our very own eco friendly product that is perfect for de-greasing any surface whether it be the oven, the hobs, or the counters. 

Why not have a go at making your own?

Do you eat oranges? How about instead of throwing away the peel, put them in a jar and when the jar is full, add white vinegar, then leave it either in the cupboard or on the counter for 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks, simply dilute with water in a spray bottle and clean away!

There are so many other household items that can be used such as lemon juice, orange juice, baking soda, cream of tartar. All can be utilised in the right way to make great alternative products that can be used to clean. You can also add essential oils to any mixture which will add a pleasant fragrance and possible health benefits.

Give it ago yourself!