No one likes the thought of bad bacteria lurking on the surfaces of their home. And for as long as we can remember, bleach has been the go-to disinfectant and cleaner.
But, let’s be honest here: who likes the harsh, chemical smell of bleach? There’s a reason they don’t sell it as perfume! Not to mention all the nasty potential hazards that come along with using it. Here are just a few of the yucky properties of bleach:
- Mixing bleach with ammonia (a very common ingredient in other household cleaner) creates a TOXIC gas that can cause coughing, nausea, chest pain, and fluid in the lungs.
- Chlorine bleach contains volatile organic compounds, which according to the American Lung Association, “contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches”.
- There is evidence that exposure to bleach can trigger an attack in people who have asthma. In fact, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, named bleach an “asthmagen”, which means it can also cause asthma.
- Bleach is corrosive: stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, marble, and granite can all be damaged by bleach. (And we don’t know about you, but we have a lot of those substances in our house!)
- It can stain both skin and clothing or other fabric.
What if we told you that there is a natural alternative that is just as effective as bleach, without all the nasty smells and side effects? Don’t look so shocked, it’s true!
This miracle cleaner is none other than tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of several species in the “myrtle” family. It has long been used throughout history for a variety of purposes: to treat health conditions, acne, dandruff, and as an anti-microbial agent. In Australia, aboriginals used tea tree as an antiseptic to treat skin conditions: they would crush the leaves into a paste and apply it directly to lesions and wounds. So clearly it gets the job done!
And there no need to go to a specialty store to purchase it: you can buy tea tree oil at your local drugstore, grocery store, health food store, and even Costco! Simply dilute it with some water, throw the solution into a spray bottle and you’re good to go – a little goes a long way with this stuff.
Homemade tea tree oil cleaner is cost effective, and has fewer harmful side effects. So get rid of that bleach lurking under your sink! It’s a no brainer.
Canada’s Cleaning Crew only uses tea tree oil cleaners – no nasty bleach!