Thread: Why not bleach?
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:59 PM   #46
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Default Re: Why not bleach?

I'm jumping in a bit late, but Oxyclean is just hydrogen peroxide. Sodium percarbonate mixed with water makes hydrogen peroxide. Look for some of the generic oxycleans that are mostly or completely sodium percarbonate, with no other detergents or cleaners added. Those will bleach your mold and mildew stains the best, without the damage of chlorine.

Hydrogen peroxide turns to plain water when exposed to light, or left to sit out over time. Thus, mixing up your own fresh works better than using the relatively mild formulation you can buy in a brown bottle in the pharmacy section.

My cleaning cabinet: Vinegar, baking soda, oxyclean. Vinegar cleans aything at all. I cut it with water to save money on cleaning glass and counter tops. Baking soda adds a little scrubbing power when made into a paste with a tiny bit of water, and is just plain fun when mixed with vinegar. It scrubs fiberglass and delicate finishes without scratching, and helps wipe away grease fast. Oxyclean does the occasional grout bleaching, as well as the laundry. If I'm in a real hurry, I use my laundry detergent, BioKleen, on my bathtub. A little sprinkle does the tub and tile from floor to ceiling, but it can hurt my hands.

My husband and I both have asthma. Studies in the last year or two show that babies conceived in a home cleaned with chlorine have a much higher risk of developing asthma, even when those cleaners are banished after the baby is born. The University of Tennessee is working on a study now to see if there is a correlation between drinking city water with its chlorine and premature birth. Bleach is just vile stuff.

-Natalie
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