Definition of bleach
There are two kinds of bleaches-the oxygenated type and the nonoxygenated type-and which one you use depends mostly on how much money things cost. The nonoxygenated varieties are cheaper, but the oxygenation makes them less effective at killing bacteria and fungi than the other stuff.
That’s because these bleaches don’t need oxygen to work. As such, they’re not as efficient at destroying microbes that could potentially make your food dirty or your dishes unappetizing.
However, there’s no real substitute for home run cleaning with these guys. They’re just too cheap.
Oxygenates are different-they have properties similar to acids. And depending on what kind of dishware you have, you may want to choose an oxygenate specially.
For example, if you have stainless steel pots and pans, you should only put them in the sink along with your regular detergent cycle. If you have nonstick cooktops, you can skip the detergent cleanup altogether.
Note that putting both types through a washing machine will definitely remove any grease/oils that were left behind by the bleach. You also want to be careful about adding another load after the initial wash since some materials can get damaged by further exposure to heat (e.g., polyesters).
Effects of bleach
Even though bleach is widely available, some people may be worried about how it affects the environment. For instance, they ask if spraying it onto water or dumping it into garbage disposals will cause them to break down more quickly than usual.
However, according to Lisa Owens, senior scientist at Penn State University’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, this isn’t true. “The short answer is no,” she says.
But she does acknowledge that there are issues with leaving used cleaners and sanitizers behind. A lot of these things contain detergents and chemicals that can hurt kids and pets.
She also points out that many of these items require drying and heat which can produce toxic fumes and risk causing fire.
According to Professor Owens, research shows that very young children (under age 8) are especially vulnerable to potential health effects of dry cleaning chemicals. Not only do their nervous systems and breathing organs are still developing, but they actually consume higher doses by ingesting them through their skin when parents apply tonics for colic and other maladies.
Owens adds that scientific evidence suggests that babies cannot detoxify those substances. She notes that the same issue occurred with pesticides in infants and toddlers who consumed greater amounts via breastfeeding.
Furthermore, chlorine reacts with wet diapers and wipes to form trihalomethanes, like trichloroacetic acid, which some studies have linked to
Preventing bleach damage
Even if you leave your bottles sitting for several days, they’re still safe from chemicals like borax and other cleaners.
But once you spray the liquid inside, the plastic can start to seep over time.
Some sprays contain ingredients that can degrade plastics, causing them to weaken. Over time, these compounds can eat through the wall of the bottle.
Bleach is very effective at killing bacteria, so it has been used in hard cleaning applications for years. Modern bleaches are even pretty robust. They won’t break down completely but they will lose their effectiveness after a while.
That said, there are ways to keep bleach away from bottlers. Buy glass or ceramic containers with tight-fitting lids; otherwise, you’ll have to use an eyedropper or pour the whole thing into a paper cup or container to mix it. And make sure the acidifier in the mixing solution comes first in the list.
Plastic materials don’t need this ingredient because they’re already high in something called “phosphoric acid” which does the same job as the chemical. You also want to make sure the product listing the percentage of hydrogen peroxide, not the amount (it’s listed in micrograms, not grams).
Finally, check the stability of the mixture. Hydrogen peroxide is kind of a weird substance — it’s
What types of bleach are best?
While most people use sodium (salt) bleaches for cleaning, you can also use a chlorine-based stain remover to remove red wine stains from plastic spray bottles.
Chlorine-based cleaners work better on white plastics than yellow ones, so if you’re worried about fading, use one that contains chlorine instead.
Sodium is generally safer to work with, however, it tends to be less effective at removing stains. The difference in effectiveness and safety depends on how dirty your spray bottle is. When you run out of cleaner, switch back to salt.
If you want to mix up your cleaning tricks, try using baking soda as a substitute. It works just as well as salt, but has unique properties. You can find recipes online that include both ingredients.
Using hydrogen peroxide to clean
While it may seem strange, you can use hydrogen peroxide as part of a cleaning routine.
It’s important to note that there are several different types of hydrogen peroxide, so make sure you get the right kind for your needs.
You can buy liquid or gel form. With the latter, you have to squeeze it until it becomes a thick paste.
I prefer the liquid version because I find it easier to manage. You can also create your own mixture by mixing the water and hydrogen peroxide together.
Then stick it in a bottle to keep. It works just like commercial products, with the difference being that this one is natural and non-toxic.
When should I use hydrogen peroxide?
While it can be used as a cleaner, it has many other benefits too. It is an excellent way to thoroughly clean objects that are difficult or impossible to wash with water, such as plastics, glass, ceramics, aluminum, copper, jewelry, motor oil, painted materials, currency, etc.
It’s also a good choice for cleaning countertops, shower doors, mirrors, tile floors, and any other smooth surface where water may not sit. Instead of using bottled water, you can use tap water and add a few drops of liquid detergent.
When shampooing wet hair, try using only a quarter-size amount of hydrating spray to rinse out. You will find that your scalp responds very well to this extra moisture.
Is hydrogen peroxide okay to use on clothing?
Perfumes, hair products, mouthwashes, shampoos, cleansers, and many other cosmetics or cleaning agents contain some form of peroxide. It’s an essential ingredient because it breaks down stains and dirt particles in your clothes and on your skin.
But have you ever wondered if there are any limits to how much of this powerful oxidizer people can put inside their bodies without causing serious harm?
Yes, I know we often hear about the dangers of sodium hypochlorite (which is what most people call “detergents”). But before I started researching this topic, I didn’t really understand how toxic chlorinated compounds can be.
I will also tell you that drinking moderately helps with that too.
Do plastic spray bottles work better than glass?
Yes, they do! Glass contains lots of tiny holes that can mess with your vacuum’s ability to get really good air flow. When you put water in the bottle, there are so many bigger ones, it creates its own airflow as the water goes through. Your vacuuming will be THAT much more effective
However, this could pose some challenges for certain cleaners . Those chemicals which would escape from the thin walls of a glass container might not have enough room inside a sprayed-in plastic bottle to disperse. You could also damage your machine by putting too many restrictions on the width of the opening.
If you don’t want suction marks on your furniture or streaks on your carpet, try using a narrower nozzle to let less fluid out. Avoid anything wider than what is normally used for spraying liquid bottoms. Anything thinner will keep your lines nice and clean, but may limit how far the cleaner can reach.
What about dollar stores?
There are many types of spray bottles sold today that will leave your store empty for days. You can choose between glass, plastic, or metal containers to hold all of your products.
However, keep in mind that some people may wish to recycle these bottles. So do not simply throw them away.
Check with your local dollars store or pharmacy if there is one within walking distance of where you work. They usually have a recycling container set up somewhere behind the counter.
Some pharmacies also have their own recyclable bottle collection programs. Find out more from the management here.