Don’t Clorox the Oval Office, Use These Eco-Friendly Alternatives Instead
Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand wants to “Clorox the Oval Office” if elected, but she should know better. Clorox bleach can be toxic — bad for your health and that of the environment.
Did you know that staying at home to raise kids can give you a 54% higher chance of cancer? That’s probably due to toxic chemicals in standard home cleaners.
The White House should lead by example. If you want to disinfect the Oval Office, do it the right way: Use eco-friendly alternatives to Clorox bleach. Here are a few:
People sometimes complain about the smell of vinegar, but seriously, is the smell of bleach any better? I’ll take a homey vinegary smell any day over the week over the lung-irritating fumes of toxic bleach. Vinegar can kill up to 82% of molds (undiluted).
Not only can hydrogen peroxide help whiten clothes, you can also use it to whiten your teeth! One cup of hydrogen peroxide can be put in with laundry whites to brighten them — the challenge is, where do you buy big bottles of it? Hydrogen peroxide can also help kill mold, but you’ll want to use it in conjunction with vinegar for the best effect. Use a 3% solution on the mold and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be a great antibacterial and antifungal — but as an essential oil, it is expensive to use in any quantity. It can, however, help with mold. Use 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of water, and let this solution sit on the mildew without wiping it off for the best effect.
Baking soda can also help remove mold and mildew, by itself or in combo with vinegar. And once again, it can also be used to clean your teeth!
Grapefruit or Citrus Seed Extract
If the smell of vinegar really bothers you, use the odorless citrus seed extract as an alternative mold killer. Use 10 drops of extract in 1 cup of water, doubling or tripling depending on how much you need, and put in a spray bottle.
Eco-Friendly Commercial Bleach Alternatives
If you don’t want to mess with your own homemade solutions, you can find many eco-friendly cleaner brands on the market, such as Method or Seventh Generation. Some are actually designed to be environmentally friendly bleach alternatives. Granted, Seventh Generation’s chlorine-free beach is just hydrogen peroxide and water, which you could mix up yourself. But do you really want to be buying 10 of those little brown bottles of peroxide from the drugstore to do that?
Homemade Furniture Polish
Of course, you’ll need more than a bleach alternative if you are in the Oval Office. To keep your Resolute Desk clean, try this homemade non-toxic furniture polish. Use 1/4 cup white vinegar, a few drops of olive oil, and optionally add a drop or two of lemon essential oil for that “fresh” smell.
Nontoxic Cleaners Often Work Just as Well
The bottom line: While Clorox bleach can have its uses in moderation, opt for more eco-friendly alternatives before pulling out the big guns.
These safer alternatives can work just as well, while being cheaper and safer for you, your family, your pets, and your environment. And of course, create a cleaner but less toxic White House.