Bleach Vs the Environment
2020, what can we say, just over halfway through the year and so much has happened. The biggest event that has taken over the world has been the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the pandemic, the UK Government have set a relaxed set of “lockdown” rules, that we as citizens have followed to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus, great! So wash your hands regularly only go to the shops for essentials etc.
However, now the lockdown rules are easing and people are returning to their normal lives. You may have seen advertisements pushing the use of bleach.
“Prevention is key to reducing the spread of germs & viruses. When it comes to the home, ensure you have a highly effective cleaning agent like bleach (sodium hypochlorite) to hand.”
“Remove germs from commonly touched surfaces in your home such as taps, toilets, kitchen counters, door handles, and floors using bleach.”
In this blog post were going to dive into the advantages and disadvantages of using bleach and think about other products that pose less of a risk to our environment.
What is bleach?
Most of us have used bleach in some way to clean surfaces including the kitchen sides, hard floors and even the bathroom, but what is bleach?
Household bleach is usually based on a chemical solution called sodium hypochlorite, which has been around since the 18th century. It is highly effective in killing off infectious bacteria and viruses when used correctly.
There are two main types of bleach used in the UK: Sodium Hypochlorite and Hydrogen Peroxide.
Common household bleach normally consists of sodium hypochlorite, which is based on chlorine. Most of the household bleaches on the UK market today also include surfactants. Surfactants enhance the cleaning performance of any cleaning product including bleach. They can also thicken the bleach up making its cleaning performance last longer.
Hydrogen peroxide is usually found in laundry products as a bleaching agent. Meaning your whites will stay white.
Advantages of using bleach
The uses of household bleach, as previously mentioned, ranges from kitchens to bathrooms. Cleaning and disinfecting almost all surfaces around the family home and workplace.
· Kills bacteria and viruses – bleach ensures all surfaces it has touched are left sanitised and bacteria-free.
· Inexpensive – you can pick up a bottle of bleach from your local supermarket for less than £1.00.
· Fast-acting – almost as soon as bleach touches a surface, all bacteria and viruses are dead. Leaving the surface sanitised.
Disadvantages of using bleach
· Concentrated bleach is very corrosive. If not used in the correct way could leave clothes ruined, surfaces damaged and skin irritated.
· If bleach comes in contact or is mixed with other cleaning products, it can react and release dangerous gases such as chlorine. Chlorine was used during WW1 as a chemical weapon. Chlorine affects the respiratory system of both humans and animals.
· Household bleach is very toxic. When cleaning with bleach you should always be in a well-ventilated room or area.
· Bleach is a chemical, meaning it is not environmentally friendly. It is harmful to aquatic life when poured down the drain or toilet and can be especially harmful to pets and children. This is because they are at a much lower breathing level compared to most adults.
Although bleach has its benefits in terms of it completely obliterating any living organism on your kitchen worktop. It’s not always the best route to go down. Taking the environment and your health into consideration there are many other products on the market that are kinder on the planet.
Products such as our very own product, Flourish All Surface Sanitiser, are kind on the environment. Environmentally friendly products do not pose a threat to the environment or human life but can have the same cleaning power as bleach.
Eco-friendly products are naturally derived. Therefore, they do not release toxins into the earth. Thus keeping our earth clean and hygienic. Not only do environmentally friendly products help the earth, but they also help you by not pumping invisible gases into your home.
Most earth-friendly cleaning products are just as cheap as chemicals. So, you could be saving the planet whilst saving your wallet.
Over the last couple of months during the lockdown, we have seen the earth atmosphere improve just by not driving out cars to work. We’re not saying do not use bleach but use it in small doses and in future maybe try the environmentally friendly route and see for yourself how much of a difference our planet will be.