Does whiter whites mean cleaner clothes? Many of us have grown up with the idea that chlorine bleach is necessary to provide cleaner clothes, disinfected households and to solve every stain problem…but have we truly considered the impact that this product could have on our health? I hate how bleach leaves that horrible scent upon your fingers after use and makes me nauseous!
Chlorine is a respiratory irritant and when mixed with other common household products, it gives off a toxic gas. Chlorine exposure can cause irritation and nausea, and lead to long-term health effects such as tooth corrosion. Chlorine is also a highly corrosive substance, capable of damaging skin, eyes, and other membranes. Studies are beginning to show that it’s use can even double the risk of birth defects.
Products of special concern include: automatic dishwashing detergents, chlorine bleach, chlorinated disinfectant cleaners, mildew removers, and toilet bowl cleaners.
Oxygen Bleach- Non-polluting, 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and 100% natural ingredients. Made of replenishable/sustainable ingredients. Color-safe: fabrics do not discolor as with other bleaches. Fragrance-free. Free of enzymes, phosphates, chlorine, DEA and petroleum ingredients. It is a wonderful alternative to chlorine bleach that can help solve those stain problems, be used as a laundry booster, clean tiles & grouts, mold & mildew, solve carpet stains and for outdoor use on decks, lawn furniture, etc.
It costs just pennies! I have tile counter-tops and a mixture of 2 scoops of oxygen bleach to 2 Tbsp of water helps disinfect and deal with dirt and mold that gets caught in the groves of the tile. The cheapest brand I have found is Sun Oxygen Cleaner. It was under $2 for 30 oz at my local Wal-Mart. Other brands include: Oxi Clean Laundry Stain Remover & Oxo-Brite.
Hydrogen Peroxide - another frugal natural bleach product that works well for carpet stains, tub & tile stains and the like. Replace the lid of your hydrogen peroxide container with a spray nossle and spray directly as needed! Especially good for blood stains. Spray on those cloth diaper stains as well or prior to putting into your laundry bucket. Spray one layer of peroxide followed by a layer of vinegar to thoroughly clean your tube and tile and remove stains.
Lemon juice – If you have spots on white clothes that won’t come out, moisten them with lemon juice and lay in the sun. Add a little more lemon juice prior to washing. Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice or some sliced lemons to hot or cool water, depending on fabric, to whiten whites. Soak and then launder as usual. Lemon juice and cream of tartar: Mix this into a paste and apply to hard-to-remove stains on white clothes. It even works on rust. More lemon tip uses here.
It works for me!