Six things you can use instead of bleach when cleaning

Whether you’re cleaning the toilet or washing your white clothes, bleach has become a go-to product for most aspects of cleaning.

However, did you know about the dangers of bleach?

Not only is bleach corrosive, it’s fumes can also be toxic in certain environments — particularly closed spaces.

It’s also particularly dangerous to use around children and your pets.

There is an alternative — a range of natural products you can use instead of bleach, and you’ll still get the cleaning results you want!

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Here are six things you can instead of bleach around the house.

1. Lemon juice

Citric acid is a great natural cleaner, which is why lemon juice is perfect as a replacement for bleach. Lemon juice is non-toxic and smells great! All you need to do is cut a lemon in half and rub it on the area you can want to clean such as toilets, cutting boards, trays and sinks. You can also squeeze the juice out of the lemon and mix it with water in a spray bottle. Spray it on your hard to clean areas or areas you want to disinfect such as sinks and counters.

Read more: Lemon cleaning tips and recipes to help freshen up your home

2. Tea tree oil

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Another natural alternative to bleach is tea tree oil. Known for it’s natural, fresh scent, you can use tea tree oil as a disinfectant and cleaner instead of bleach. Simply mix a few drops of the oil with warm water in a spray bottle and spray it on your floors, counter-tops, bathroom and appliances. Not only will these areas of your home scrub it cleaner, they’ll also smell great!

3. Borax

Chances are you have borax somewhere around your home. If you do, it makes for a great alternative to bleach. You can mix it with your laundry powder to give your clothes an extra cleaning boost. Borax is also a handy disinfectant and cleaner. Try mixing it with water and scrubbing your dirty or grimy surfaces such as sinks and toilets.

4. Vinegar

It might not smell the best, but vinegar is a very safe alternative to bleach. With its acidic properties, vinegar is a handy cleaning product. You can put it in a spray bottle and spray it in your toilet, in your bathroom, or just dab it on a cloth or rag and use it to wipe down your surfaces. Vinegar is also a great alternative to bleach in your laundry. It’ll brighten your clothes and get rid of any soap residue. Try pouring some vinegar in your washing machine, or you can soak your clothes in a mix of vinegar and hot water.

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Read more: 15 tips and recipes for cleaning with vinegar

5. Castile soap

Made with olive oil, Castile soap is another very handy alternative to bleach. While many soaps have chemical elements, Castile soap is biodegradable and safe to use around your pets and grandkids. Try diluting it with water and using it to scrub your bathrooms, dishes and floors. You can also use it in your laundry as a detergent by combining it with vinegar, baking soda and borax.

6. Baking soda

You can use it for just about anything, which is why baking soda makes a great alternative to bleach. You can use it as a cleaner by adding it to water or vinegar and making a paste to remove tough stains in your bathroom, kitchen or toilet. Baking soda is also great for using instead of bleach in your laundry. It helps to break down grease, stains and residue. All you need to do is add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent and you clothes will come out fresh, clean and smelling much better.

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Do you use any of these to clean your house? Or do you prefer to use bleach?