Good evening all you lovely people! Have you or someone you know or love been going through coronavirus? I would love to hear more! We see the stories all over the news. We see how it is impacting markets and businesses everywhere. Got toilet paper? We sure do! As I write to you tonight, I am getting notifications that they are investigating the 13th case in South Carolina. Not far from us at all here in NC.
What type of cleaning precautions are you taking when going out in public? Most will say a product that contains BLEACH! aka…chlorine bleach. Let’s dive deeper into this one friends. Go into your cleaning cabinet and check your toilet cleaners, tile cleaners, bath scrubs, and stain removers. If you’re using a commercial product, chances are, it contains chlorine bleach.
Believe it or not, I STILL hear lots of people (who have switched to non-toxic cleaners) say “Oh my gosh, my kids got a stomach bug. Now I need to go bleach every surface in my house”…I know we *think that bleach is the thing that kills #allthethings. But it’s no more effective than our awesome thieves household cleaner! We just think it is. 🙂
So let’s talk about why you might not want to use bleach in your home! Bleach is a highly hazardous chemical that comes with a TON of potential side effects. I *think everyone knows that bleach is dangerous if swallowed, but just using it in your home can be detrimental to your health. Long after you use bleach on a surface in your home, it continues to emit fumes 😞. Recent studies have shown that in homes where bleach is used, children are more likely to have asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues 🤓
There’s more, friends! When bleach reacts with ammonia (also found in common household cleaners), it forms chlorine gas which is literally DEADLY when inhaled. This is not drama, folks. People have died from exposure to chlorine gas. 😱😱😱
You guys, bleach is extremely corrosive! If it gets in your eyes, you can lose your vision. If left on your skin, it can cause burning and irritation. When inhaled, it causes irritation to the nasal passageways and respiratory system. It has been known to cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, and organ damage!😒
And what about your fur babies? Friends, when you clean with bleach in your home, you inadvertently expose your small animals to toxic effects of bleach as well! The chemicals can stay on their paws and fur, and then they lick themselves, and end up ingesting them. #nobueno!
Finally, bleach is hugely detrimental to the environment. 🌎🌎. It’s not just about what you are using your own home guys. Large manufacturers release bleach into the environment in massive quantities, and its in our waterways and is incredibly damaging to marine life. Once bleach gets into the water, it reacts with other chemicals in the water to form dioxins. Dioxins are highly toxic substances that have very serious negative health impacts, namely cancer. And you guys, this stuff lingers in our environment for YEARS. 😔😔😔
Y’all. The alternatives to bleach are just.as.effective. If you’re not looking for the whitening effect, then just go with the thieves cleaner! Has everyone seen the petri dish images floating around that compare the Thieves household cleaner to the commercial cleaners and bleach? I’ll drop a link in the comments below. Go see for yourself!
If you need the whitening/brightening quality of bleach, try this DIY recipe:
-4 cups hot water
-2/3 cup washing soda
-1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
-10 drops lemon essential oil
Mix it all together and use the way you would bleach. #diybleach
Okay. So WHO here has already kicked this toxic chemical out of their home? Who is this completely new info to?
***Partially shared & graphic from our private Facebook group. If you would like more info, feel free to let me know in the comments below or DM me! Happy Friday the 13th!