Regular bleach is one of the most toxic deadly chemicals around. Unfortunately, bleach has been used around the house as a cleaning agent for many years. The fumes from bleach can affect the nervous system, immune system, respiratory system, cancer, asthma, autism, ADD, and allergies. And for the most part conventional bleach is not that effective because it has to dry on the surface you’re trying to disinfect in order to kill all the bacteria.
When bleach is mixed with ammonia, toxic gases called chloramines are produced. Exposure to chloramine gases can cause the following symptoms:
- Irritation to the throat, nose, and eyes.
- Shortness of breath.
- Watery eyes.
- Chest pain.
Did you know that mixing chlorine with dish soap produces mustard gas, the same gas used to kill many people during World War I? Bleach is dangerous. It is as simple as that.
Try making this alternative at home:
Why This Natural Bleach Alternative Works
The citric acid in lemons acts as a natural bleach, stain remover, and sanitizer. Hydrogen peroxide is also a great disinfectant because it rapidly breaks down in the environment to plain oxygen and water.
Natural Homemade Bleach Alternative
12 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- Mix the ingredients together.
- You can use it as a household cleaner or you can add 2 cups per wash load