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I use natural cleaners (I love biokleen) generally, but once ina while, say twice a year, I just feel the need to bleach my bathrooms and kitchen floor. Esp. now since ds is potty training and my bathroom in regularly flooded with pee (and I mean flooded). I think the pee has sunk into the wood trim or something. It stinks! I kept cleaning it and cleaning it, but it still stunk. So I bleached it. Then my kitchen floor started looking nasty, so I bleached it too. That one bottle of bleach (a small bottle last me a few years) is the only thing nasty about my cleaning stuff (except for some throwaway sponges that I seem to keep around too long-yuk-could I get rid of those too?). I am not germaphobic, by any means, but someone please convince me that it is never necessary and ehlp me figure out alternatives. I use borax, vinegar, etc.<br>
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I buy one small bottle a year and use it for the same things...add my grout in my kitchen. Iknow it is baaad,but I break down as well. My mom used bleach for EVERYTHING and I swear my neighbor uses it by the casefull.<br>
Sorry I am no help... but I can empathize.<br><br>
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You can buy non-chlorine bleach at the health food store in a big [email protected] bottle. 7th generation and Ecover both make it. It is very strong hydrogen peroxide and it both bleaches and sterilizes and then breaks down very quickly in the environment.
 

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I will second the hydrogen peroxide.<br><br>
Also, for my bathroom and the "stinkies" (I swear, the guys don't know how to aim <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ) I've made up a solution of hot water and TTO and it takes all the stink away!
 

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I was wondering if you can use hydrogen peroxide for washing clothes instead of bleach seeins how you can use it in place of for cleaning household?<br><br>
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Yup. I have two of the boys' shirts soaking in peroxide right now because they apparently ate something brown that is readily absorbed by cotton. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
For pee, I would use (and have used) an ensyme cleaner that's made for pet stains. It neutralizes the odors and, apparently, the enzymes eat up the urine. EFP (Earth Friendly Products) makes an "everyday stain & odor remover" that I used to spray in the diaper pail. Now, I just use a cotton launry bag as a liner and toss it in with the dipes, but the spray works really well.
 
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