So this will be a hot topic. So right from the start, my advice is have a read, and then pop off and do your own research!
I ditched my bleach after I fully researched and knew I had a way to disinfectant my home that I was happy with.
YOU are the gatekeeper to your home, if you want to keep bleach, perfectly fine, I just want to share with you another option.
The thing is we NEED bacteria in our homes. We have been scare-mongered into having sterile homes, when actually detoxing and bleaching our homes from top to bottom is actually worse for us. Of course if sickness hits in the form of a nasty virus, you want to have a system in place, but guess what, if you are 99% into daily natural, toxin free cleaning, but sickness is the 1% that you can’t get your head around…keep a bottle of bleach in your cupboard, there’s no eco police (probably is mind you) going to rap your front door and take you away for breaking the rules.
So what do I use for Disinfecting our home?
Sodium Percarbonate/Oxygen bleach.
What is it?
It is an addition compound of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide. It breaks down to oxygen, water and sodium carbonate upon decomposition. It is an environmentally safe bleaching agent.
Sodium Percarbonate / oxygen bleach offers many of the same functional benefits as liquid hydrogen peroxide. It dissolves into water rapidly to release oxygen and provides powerful cleaning, bleaching, stain removal and deodorizing capabilities. In addition it is effective at killing bacteria, fungus, viruses and algae. It has the added advantage of having no odour.
How I use it:
I use it once a week (or when needed) down my loos and once a week in my kitchen sink. Really anytime you would have been reaching for your bottle of bleach.
I simply pop a scoop in a Ceramic Jug and 3/4 fill will just boiled water (it fizzes so allow room at top).
I add either a few drops of peppermint or thieves essential oil for additional antimicrobal properties and the scent!
You can also use it for:
- Laundry cleaner & bleach.
- Spot cleaning fabrics.
- Carpet & Upholstery cleaning.
- Kitchen surfaces and utensils.
- Destaining cups.
- Fridges & freezers.
- Chopping Boards.
- Bathroom surfaces.
- Mildew Removal tiles, grouting and walls.
- Wood Decks and wooden garden furniture.
- Plastic garden furniture.
- Kills algae and moss on driveways, patios, brickwork and roofs.
What Essentials oils have Bacteria fighting properties:
This is another safe, toxin free (want to say chemical but then water is a chemical 😉) to clean bathrooms and floors.
The simple combination of water and heat makes for the ultimate economical and chemical-free disinfectant. When heated to at least 200 degrees Fahrenheit,
Steam not only eliminates tough stuck-on stains and grease, but can also sanitize both hard and soft surfaces. Steam is capable of removing bacteria, germs, dust mites, and other pathogens.
Other products can use:
- Hydrogen Peroxide (but i prefer sodium percarbonate)
I fully believe our home is healthy and safe. I put my family first and have researched highly into this. We very, very rarely get tummy bugs or sickness in our house.
I also diffuse regularly in our bedrooms, open windows and have plants to help remove air impurities and airborne pathogens.
Best Plants for purifying the air are:
- Aloe Vera.
- Areca Palm.
- Elephant Ear Philodendron.
- Lady Palm.
- Bamboo or Reed Palm.
- Rubber Plant.
- Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Corn Plant).
- English Ivy.
So I hope this helps!
I also buy my Sodium Percarbonate from MistralNI….click the link here.
As always drop me and email or a DM if you’ve read anything here you’d like to chat about!
Laura J x