Smells can be deceiving.

Distinct smells are often associated with a particular person, place, or thing.  Maybe even a feeling.  For many, the smell of chlorine bleach provides a sense of comfort and cleanliness.  Even if the smell of bleach is something you love, you may want to think twice before you use it.

If chlorine bleach is used with other ingredients, it can produce carcinogens that linger for extended periods of time.  Dioxin is a by-product of chlorine bleach, and it can be very harmful to humans.  It is known to cause cancer even in small doses.  It is formed when the bleach is mixed with other materials (even materials that seem safe).  These dioxins to do not break down easily and will remain in the environment for many years. When chlorine bleach is used in laundry, it can even produce chloroform.  Yeah, it’s that bad!  For a list of warnings and facts about chloroform, take a look at the OSHA website.

As mentioned above, it is very dangerous to mix chlorine bleach with other materials.  When mixed with ammonia, chlorine gas is created.  This gas is extremely toxic and can be deadly when inhaled.  If you are going to use bleach, be sure to avoid mixing it with ANY other cleaners/chemicals.

Instead of using chlorine bleach, try these alternatives: 
Make your own disinfectant by mixing 12 cups of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide.  This blend will be tough enough for laundry or household cleaning.  Just fill up an old vinegar jug or some spray bottles with the solution and you’ll be ready to go.

You can also use non-chlorine bleach, borax, vinegar, washing soda, or even salt water as an alternative to chlorine bleach.
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