Living Large Tip of the Week: Ditch the Bleach
I had always used bleach in the laundry before moving to Our Little House.
When we moved here and I became more aware of the effects of harmful chemicals, I learned that bleach is particularly harmful to the environment.
We’re on a septic, which means all of our water and waste goes into a tank, where bacteria helps break down the solid waste. Bleach is not only bad when it is leeched into the ground from the tank; it also kills the bacteria, which can lead to septic system failures.
According to the EPA, there are also many adverse health effects to bleach.
I’ve used several things to replace bleaching our whites, including lemon juice, peroxide (not at the same time) and Seventh Generation Bleach. Last week, I used a ½ cup of vinegar when washing some particularly smelly dog beds.
The results were awesome. They came out fresh and clean.
One of the best alternatives to bleach is also sunshine, which freshens and naturally whitens clothes.
Do you use a bleach alternative, if so, what do you use?