Flash Multi Purpose Cleaning Spray with Bleach, 500ml
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Lemon: In the form of juice or lemon essential oil , this citrus fruit is great for killing bacteria. Just make sure to keep it in glass, not plastic, because the acidity of lemon oil can eat away at plastic.
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Eight out of ten people in the US have noticeable chloroform levels in their body. ( 33 ) The length and heat of your shower directly impact the amount of chloroform to which you are exposed. ( 34 ) Despite claims that it’s extremely safe when used properly, bleach continues to be the subject of research for its potential impact on respiratory health, particularly in children.
Distilled Vinegar: On its own, vinegar is an incredible cleaning solution. It may not smell great, but it’s sure to help keep your place fresh and clean.
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Some sources even suggest that bleach use on porous surfaces can cause mold growth in areas where it wasn’t before. ( 40 ) Third (and this one is my most concerning problem), there’s no way to guarantee that cleaners don’t mix when you have to use them on the same surfaces, even if you rinse the surface well. Clean tap water is okay, but what happens when you’ve been using that water to clean and rinse? The evidence for this problem is the next major danger of bleach.
Chlorine poisoning is a definite concern when using bleach products with sodium hydroxide and sodium chloride. This may occur when bleach an ammonia are mixed (more on that in a moment); or if bleach is directly ingested. Symptoms including breathing difficulty, swelling of the throat and many more complications. ( 6 )
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Pets also routinely get into bleach products, although the statistics on that aren’t as readily available. Hydrogen Peroxide: This safe bleach alternative will do a great deal to keep whites white and disinfectant anything, all without the dangers of bleach hanging over your head. Other lung injuries and respiratory conditions may occur as a result of inhalation of chlorine bleach. ( 47 , 48 ) For example, one study found that exposure to common cleaning chemicals, bleach in particular, resulted in a 24-32 percent increase in the probability of observed people developing COPD . ( 49 )
Mixing these two can be a potentially deadly combo. When ammonia and bleach are combined, the chlorine in bleach converts to chloramine gas. ( 15 ) Chloramine gas exposure can result in: Another surprising item on a list of the dangers of bleach is that it may encourage the growth of toxic mold, rather than helping to clear it. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Organization) actually advises against using bleach to clean mold infestations for this reason. ( 38 ) The EPA followed suit and updated their mold guidelines to eliminate suggesting bleach. ( 39 )