If you took some time to research chlorine bleach, you’d probably be calling your local representative and asking why we haven’t banned this chemical in the US.
While we’ve always known that common household bleach can be hazardous if swallowed, we may not have taken as seriously the fact that merely breathing it is equally dangerous. Research has shown that besides respiratory problems (we have all experienced that pungent, burning scent), bleach is now being linked to the increased number of childhood illnesses, such as cancer, asthma, autism, ADD, and allergies.
Why is this?
The fumes from bleach can affect the nervous system, respiratory system, and immune system alike. Our children are affected more strongly because of the increased rate they’re growing and breathing compared to adults. The bottom line is: When we use bleach in our laundry and while cleaning, we’re exposing kids to deadly toxins.
While bleach itself is dangerous, the hazard increases when it’s mixed with certain other chemicals. Although most of us are smart enough to know not to combine household cleaners, it can happen inadvertently—especially when we’re truly not aware.
For example: If you go to clean the toilet with bleach and your child perhaps forgot to flush (and you think you’re saving water by not flushing the extra time), the ammonia in the urine mixes with the chlorine in bleach and results in a toxic, life-threatening gas that can cause the lungs to stop functioning. While there likely isn’t enough ammonia in urine to knock you out, you get the idea.
These types of scenarios honestly occur more than most people imagine. There are traces of other compounds all over our houses, and so the potential of a chemical reaction is always a possibility. Dish soap and chlorine, for instance, can create mustard gas; organic matter and chlorine can create chloroform. Are you beginning to see how not only the smell is dangerous, but the potential reactions are as well?
Now, if you’ve been a fan of bleach for a long time and you’re worried there’s not a good alternative, we have good news for you!
There are substitutes for household chlorine bleach, and baking soda is one of the best. A toxic-free, natural whitener, it works as well as peroxide and is completely safe.
Are bright whites all that important when it means exposing everyone (not to mention the clothing) to hazardous chemicals? For your own sake and that of your children, go BLEACH FREE!
To understand why stay-at-home parents have a 54% higher chance of developing cancer than those who work outside the home, read the following article:
Now is the time to go green for safety—and health!