I can’t really justify it in any other way than to say it makes things feel clean to me. It burns and it scours and it cleans.
What is bleach? The answer is simple – it is a dangerous chemical found in most American households.
I’ll admit, I’m writing this after doing laundry. In fact, a white load that was done last night contained a huge amount of bleach. It occurred to me last night that maybe I should actually look into options that don’t involve a chemical that is known to be so bad for people and animals.
Vinegar (and more)
This is my most recent addition to my house cleaning arsenal. There are many types of vinegar that can be used for many different reasons, but we mostly use apple cider vinegar. Vinegar disinfects without being harsh on your lungs, your home, or the environment. Along with many other uses it can be coupled with another great cleaner (hydrogen peroxide) to “bleach” out clothes. Also, don’t be afraid to use a bit of lemon juice.
It sound so simple that you may think it’s a practical joke. Once I started using cloth diapers, I used this method for the first time. It was amazing to watch dingy fabric become bright and stain-free again. To make this even more effective, use your simple cleaner from above (vinegar, peroxide, or lemon juice) on a stain and then put it directly in the sun.
Retrain Your Senses
I think part of why I have always used bleach is because it is what I am used to. It is a familiar smell and sensation. It signals to my brain that things are clean and fresh. Instead of a week long cough, wouldn’t it seem more practical to have a citrus fresh home?
What are some of your favorite natural home made cleaners?