More and more household chemicals are being replaced with greener

options. More and more people are learning just how bad our cleaning

supplies are for us and our environment. However, few of us realize

that even bleach, a household chemical frequently used for generations

is a horrible product. Chlorine based bleach (there are some oxygen

based bleaches that don’t fall into the same category) are really bad

for you, your family, your pets, and the environment!

Health Issues.


isn’t a safe option for eliminating germs. While the commercials would

have you believe that bleach and the products it is in are a great way

to keep your family healthier, there are actually a number of health

issues related to bleach. Bleach and the products it is in often cause

respiratory issues (even ones that are common and treated with

medications). It can also cause burns to the skin and even nervous

system damage. Allergies and asthma are often irritated by bleach and

can cause serious reactions in those who have problems with these

conditions already. These are the things that bleach does when first


Potential Chemical Reactions. Many chemicals

cause initial problems (such as those listed above), however that isn’t

where the danger of the chemical stops. Chlorine bleach is a product

that causes some issues on its own, but it has some really dangerous

potential reactions with other chemicals and materials.


Chlorine easily has chemical reactions with ammonia and urine (which is

primarily ammonia). This causes a gas which can cause harm to the

person breathing it in and can even cause death. Mixing of chlorine

bleach often happens on purpose with cleaners, on accidents with left

over cleaners, and even on accident when bleaching the toilet (where

urine may be lurking). Large amounts of the gas is easily visible, but

small doses can go unnoticed and cause a great deal of harm, especially

were there is poor ventilation.

Mustard Gas-

Mustard gas is the chemical that was used in the trenches during World

War I. It worked well because it was lethal and had some fairly quick

reacting side effects. This gas is easy to create. All you need to do

is mix bleach and common household dish detergent (soap). A lot of

people do it for “strong” cleaners and for disinfecting dishes!Chloroform- Bleach

also mixes with organic matter (of several different types) to produce

chloroform. Chloroform is a toxin and a known carcinogen. Mixing bleach

with organics is easy to do while cleaning up blood, mud, pet

accidents, and the bathroom. It is also easy to do while washing

laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and the floors. However, the danger of

this toxin 30 day challenge advocare doesn’t stop there. Chlorine bleach is released into the

environment where it readily mixes with a whole world of organic

products producing chloroform which then builds up in the environment.

Toxins. Bleach

isn’t toxic on its own. But because it mixes so easily with so many

other products to produce a wide range of toxins, this is an issue that

many of us should be concerned about. Many of the chemicals produced

through chemical reactions with chlorine bleach are toxins that are

known carcinogens. These chemicals build up in the environment, get

into the water and food supply, and increase our risk for many negative

health issues. While you cutting out bleach isn’t going to be enough to

make the world a better place, every little bit helps and your family

will be safer for it.

Accidents. Poison control is

available if there are accidents with chemicals. Each year thousands of

calls are made for help and of those calls about 1/4th

of them are related to bleach and the household cleaners that contain

them. Many of these accidents involve children and can be potentially


Pets. Many animals are more susceptible to the

fumes that bleach produces, especially when it is producing gases made

from chemical reactions. Birds can easily die from the use of bleach,

but they aren’t alone in the dangers. Other animals can find themselves

with a lung full of fumes and not be able to recover from it.

The Environment. While

it would seem that potential dangers to your health, the health of

those you love (including your pets), and the knowledge that dangerous

toxins were being produced would be enough to eliminate bleach from

your life forever, if it isn’t then consider Mother Earth. The toxins

that bleach can create through chemical reactions build up in the

environment, kill fish, harm animals, get in the water and food supply,

and eventually get back to us!

There are a huge number of

reasons that people should eliminate bleach. It doesn’t have a place in

our society and many non-bleach cleaners can do everything just as well

without the dangers. Consider the following:

Disinfecting- Use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your home. It kills germs, isn’t dangerous, and can be used all over the house.

Killing mold and mildew-

My mom always bleached mold and mildew that seemed to accumulate in the

bathroom, but Listerine (which is safe and made from alcohol and

essential oils) can kill these things, smells great, and is safe!Whitening your clothes- Bleach

is often used to whiten and brighten clothes. Instead of using bleach

add a 1/2 cup of vinegar and a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash.

Your clothes will be brighter then ever, stains will disappear, and you

will be doing your family and the environment a favor.


Use a couple of cups of vinegar to clean your floors. It will disinfect

and is going to clean great. If you can’t stand the smell then add 1

cup of vinegar and 1 cup of lemon juice or add a few drops of your

favorite essential oil to your vinegar and let it set for 24 hours

before you add it to your mop water. Mop as normal, but know that you

are getting floors just as clean or cleaner without the dangers of

harsh chemicals.

All purpose cleaner- Use 1/2

bottle of vinegar and 1/2 bottle of water with a few drops of your

favorite essential oil in it for an all purpose cleaner that is safe to

use anywhere and cleans well!

Many people don’t

understand just how dangerous bleach is to people, animals, and the

environment. We need to take steps each and every day to eliminate it

from our lives so that our future will continue to look bright. Even a

single person can make a difference!