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Bleach is commonly used for household cleaning, particularly in bathrooms for their disinfecting and whitening abilities. However they are extremely toxic and are not as effective as you think. Bleach is a disinfectant, but that doesn’t make it a cleaner. It has a corroding effect on many surfaces in your bathroom and could be leaving behind dirt, and other unsavoury coatings on your bathroom surfaces.
In fact, many manufacturers of bathroom suppliers advice against the use of bleach and ammonia. These bathroom items include:
・Vanities and baths: Bleach causes discolouring.
・Tapware: Bleach corrodes and damages tapware.
・Toilets: Particularly on toilet seats, as they are plastic, bleach will cause them to discolour and scratch the surface. Not only causing damage but creating an area for bacteria to latch onto!
・Shower screens: Bleach breaks down the laminate of silicone protection.
・Stone vanities and stone tiles: Bleach breaks down the protective seal.
・Tiles and grout: Causes discolouring and corrosion.
For all these surfaces, you are advised to use a surfactant based cleaner, such as our Tub Scrub Bathroom Spray! The only time you should consider reaching for bleach, is when you're tacking mould. If you would like to learn more about using bleach on mould, we interviewed a Microbiologist on the topic here.
Bleach is also highly toxic and can have harmful health impacts on your family:
・Bleach can make asthma worse. Or cause asthma in people that have never had asthma.
・Using diluted bleach in a spray bottle creates small droplets that can be inhaled into the lungs.
・Bleach can irritate the skin and eyes.
・Breathing in bleach over a long period of time can increase your risk of cancer.
・A dangerous gas can be formed when bleach is combined with certain chemicals (like ammonia).
So do yourself a favour and make sure bleach has only a supporting role in your cleaning regime. Instead, switch to our healthy, sustainable and highly effective just-add-water cleaning products.
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