3 MORE Reasons to Avoid Bleach and What to Use Instead!
We already know that bleach is poisonous when ingested, but did you know chlorine bleach is now being linked to childhood infections?
This most recent study concludes: "Passive exposure to cleaning bleach in the home may have adverse effects on school-age children’s health by increasing the risk of respiratory and other infections."
Does bleach kill mold? Surprisingly not. Chlorine bleach’s ion structure prevents the chlorine from penetrating porous materials such as dry wall and wood. Mold’s enzyme roots grow inside the porous materials, rendering the bleach ineffective.
Hydrogen peroxide is a much safer alternative to chlorine bleach both for disinfection and stain removal.
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Published April 9th, 2015 2:09 PM
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Shelby @ The Weathered Barn Studio on Apr 09, 2015....The Hydrogen Peroxide that is for use as a disinfectant is NOT the same as the 3% solution. It is CONCENTRATED, and actually has a " kill time' of effectiveness, where as anything else in the hydrogen peroxide realm will not have a ' kill time', as well as homemade solutions used for purposes of disinfecting. OXYGENATED bleach WILL kill mold, ..( bought in powder form and mixed with water) it is similar to hydrogen peroxide, in that it is ' environmentally friendly' . I suppose I am a dinosaur , I still use bleach , because there are things ( bacteria and germs ) that ONLY bleach will be effective. Parvovirus is one, having worked around animals and at a Veterinarian Practice, it requires bleach..as does Staph and MSRA. I understand that people are seeking ' alternatives' for some cleaning solutions...but should be aware that the alternatives are not as effective as the ' basics'. Also....what some people dont know about bleach....it starts out as salt water....and degrades into salt water. Interesting, yes ? :)