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Safer Alternatives to Bleach

Bathroom Cleaner & Safer Alternatives to BleachIt's time to scrub that tub, but the Clorox bleach you always used to use is nasty and toxic.  Some of the natural stuff you buy in stores might not always do the trick (especially if you're like me and frequently procrastinate cleaning the bathtub), but there are some alternatives to bleach that are safer AND effective.

One of the best less-dangerous bleach alternatives is borax.  You can usually find it at your regular supermarket along with the laundry detergents.  Borax is not totally non-toxic, however, so keep it away from children and pets.   As a household cleaner, borax can be mixed with baking soda and lemon juice.  It's an effective household cleaner and also a disinfectant.   You can also use borax in your laundry.

If you're wary of borax, you can also mix baking soda and castile soap (I love love love Dr. Bronner's!) and then soap scum and mildew be gone!  (Side note:  Castile soap is very versatile, and you can use it not only as a household cleanser, but also as shampoo, body soap, laundry detergent and more!  I recommend always keeping some around the house.)

Another safer alternative to typical bleach is Oxygen Bleach, such as OxiClean.  It's biodegradable, non-toxic, and and made of sustainable ingredients.

Lastly, to "bleach" your white shirt that you spilled last night's dinner on, sometimes there's nothing better than our dear friend, Mr. Sun.  Put lemon juice on the stain, and let it dry in your backyard on a sunny day.