Thursday, July 1, 2010

Q&A: How to clean a bathroom the eco-friendly way

Q. How can you clean a bathroom effectively without using bleach? All those mould germs need to be killed by hospital grade disinfectant, right?

A. Oh get your tox off! Chlorine bleach is a great disinfectant but household bleach can also contain lye, which means skin contact produces caustic burns  – that slippery feel of bleach on your hands is the chemical defatting your skin!  There are better alternatives to clean the bathroom easily and effectively. Hydrogen peroxide is a cleaner with slightly less impact on humans. Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer that will whiten clothes and kill mould. White vinegar – especially if you clean with a smidge of bicarb soda first – will also kill mould by making the walls and surfaces too acidic for grime to grow and multiply. And Bridget Gardener’s hot soapy water cleaning method – which involves scrubbing or washing with a brush or microfiber cloth then wiping the newly cleaned surface dry with an old towel or baby nappy to prevent moisture allowing any mould to regrow.

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