Long considered a household cleaning product by legions of people for many generations, bleach is a scary toxic fluid that should be used rarely, if at all. Chlorine bleach releases dioxin, furans and other organochlorines into the air, can cause sore throats, coughs, wheezing, shortness of breath, fluid in the lungs and studies have shown a relationship between dioxin exposure and cancer, birth defects, and developmental/reproductive disorders.
What can you use as an alternative to bleach? A number of things (not combined however) are great alternatives. The following ingredients can be used in varying amounts to whiten and clean your clothes – vinegar, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, oxygen, borax, washing soda, sodium hydrosulfite – more simply known as salt and water.