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Chlorine bleach....or not? Thoughts please?

I've always used a small splash of chlorine bleach in my dish washing water to keep everything germ free and the coffee cups white. Now I have reservations. I'm pretty sure I can't use that water for the garden. Does anyone have any input about this? I'm trying to eliminate toxic substances from our lives but it's beginning to look like a steep hill to climb. 

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Tags: bleach, chlorine, cleaning, toxin-free

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on February 16, 2012 at 1:39pm

Hi Jennie,

Have you tried distilled white vinegar + baking soda to clean your dishwasher? It's a safer, non-toxic option to bleach.  Vinegar is also used as a natural weed killer and pest control. Check out this site for 1001 uses for white vinegar around the house and garden.  

Comment by Jennie Sayers on February 16, 2012 at 1:41pm

Haven't used the dishwasher in ages...I'm it : )   I wash dishes by hand...will the vinegar and baking soda work for that too?

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on February 16, 2012 at 1:58pm

OH! I misread that! Well, here's a few natural dish soap recipes. Some use vinegar and soap flakes/castille soap, with a little borax and/or glycerin. These ingredients are also used as safe natural pest controls, but be cautious when adding anything to your garden!

I'm no expert, so any other input is appreciated!

Comment by Melanie Baltzer on February 20, 2012 at 8:03am

If you scrub your coffee cups with baking soda I find that works very well. I have not personally bought bleach for quite some time, but I have to get myself off of the bathroom cleaner purchases.....

Comment by Michael I. on February 23, 2012 at 8:29pm

Another vote for white vinegar and definitely don't use water with even the smallest amount of chlorine in the garden.  Chlorine will kill all the beneficial micro organisms in your soil.  Even chloramine, which a lot of municipalities use to treat public drinking water, can have an adverse effect.  That said, most people I have talked to about it say that the effects of chloramine (in the amounts found in most municipal water) are minimal.

Comment by Jennie Sayers on February 23, 2012 at 9:23pm

Thanks everyone! It's as I suspected so I will definitely try the white vinegar since I already use that in the final rinse of my laundry so I have plenty on hand. It's great having this community to get advice from.

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