There is something very satisfying about the feeling when you have just finished cleaning everything. The kitchen and the bathroom, in particular, can be a hotbed for germs.
We tend to get a bit more cautious and concerned when we have little ones or a new baby in the house. Our desire to throw bleach at everything can be overwhelming.
While cleaning with bleach may kill germs, it’s not a very healthy or green way to get the job done. Here we will take a closer look at why we should look for alternatives.
Dangers in Cleaning with Bleach
Bleach is corrosive, which means it can cause a lot of damage to the human body and your pets.
1. Inhaling it
Inhaling the fumes can irritate the respiratory system. It can cause bigger problems, as well. It can cause illness, like vomiting, burn your nose and throat passages and cause your upper airway to swell.
Lightheadedness, headaches, chest pain, burning eyes, and can irritate other problems like asthma and bronchitis. It can also trigger allergies. Small children and your pets are far more susceptible to the dangers, as their lungs are so much smaller.
2. Skin Irritations
Bleaching coming into contact with your skin can have a harmful, burning effect. The bleach can also soak into to your skin and get into your bloodstream. There is the possibility of an allergic reaction, as well.
If you get splashed in the eyes with bleach, you need to rinse it out really quickly and really well. The bleach can actually cause nerve damage, so if you think it is serious, get to a medical care professional right away.
3. Mother Nature
The bleach can cause a lot of damage to the environment. The water, the air, and the ground can all be damaged by the continuous use of bleach. This can have an effect on wildlife, plants and animals alike.
4. Dried is Still Bad
Once the bleach is dried, there are still remnants of it on the counter or the floor. When kids or pets come in contact with it, it still is harmful. The traces left over can be ingested, get on our skin and clothing.
Those with sensitive skin or young children will notice the effects of this more quickly.
5. Does Not Mix Well With Others
Mixing the bleach with another strong cleaner may be causing a lot more harm than getting the germs the bleach was dealing with. This is something you should not ever do. Certain types of cleaners may already contain chlorine or other dangerous chemicals.
When mixed they can be very toxic and cause you to get very ill. Toxic gasses are formed when you mix bleach with ammonia and other acid-based cleaners.
Whites for Greens
With so many eco-friendly products available, there is no reason you can’t have white whites without the harsh chemicals. It’s easier now more than ever to make smart choices for your home and choosing the right products keeps us all healthier.
Cleaning with bleach has far more cons than pros. Be kind to you, be kind to the environment and check us out for healthier, greener alternatives.
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