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Goodbye Bleach, Hello Greener Options!

Most of us know that bleach is incredibly toxic to our families and our environment.

Used primarily in household laundry, cleaning and disinfecting, bleach contains a chemical called sodium hypochlorite. If bleach spills on your hands, your skin can become red and irritated. Exposure to the chlorine vapors that bleach gives off can result in irritation to your eyes and burning in the lining of your mouth and throat. If you ingest bleach, it might burn the lining of your throat. While ingestion is not fatal, it can still cause prolonged bouts of nausea and vomiting.

And although bleach is toxic, it is still the chemical of choice for whiter whites. 
Luckily there are alternatives that are much safer to use:  

  1. Use 3% hydrogen peroxide for cleaning and laundry stains.
  2. To whiten clothes, add one cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to boost the whitening action.
  3. To remove stains from clothing, pour lemon juice over the stain, rub the area with salt, place the clothing in the sun for a few hours, then wash.
  4. To remove stains from countertops and other hard surfaces, create a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, apply mixture to the stain and allow to sit for a few hours.  Wipe clean.  Some stains may require a second treatment.


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