Bleach is the most popular and easy-to-buy disinfectant solution. But did you know that there are other bleach alternatives for disinfecting which are safer to use? Before giving you the other options, let's discuss why you need alternatives for disinfecting other than bleach.
First, bleach has to dry on the surface that you are disinfecting before it can kill the bacteria or virus. Some mix the bleach to dishwashing water that can be alarming because some dishwashing soaps have ammonia. When bleach gets mixed with ammonia, it becomes toxic and dangerous to health. Secondly, when bleach gets in contact with an organic matter or debris, it becomes ineffective. So, you need to clean first thoroughly the surface you want to disinfect. Any speck of food or grease will make the bleach weak. All you need is a product that can kills germs and viruses while keeping your family safe. The question is, do we even have those alternatives in the market? In this article, we'll discuss seven of the best bleach alternatives for disinfecting which are safe for use.
How Effective Does a Disinfectant Need to be to Kill Germs and Bacteria?
You need to understand that there are three levels of disinfection;
Low-level disinfection- is the process of eliminating some dangerous viruses and bacterial with the use of chemical germicide. In most cases, these products are registered by the EPA as a hospital disinfectant.
Intermediate level disinfection- These are disinfecting products classified and registered by EPA as Tuberculocide. It can kill mycobacterium, most viruses, and bacteria.
High-level disinfection eliminates all kinds of organisms except for high-level bacterial spores. The FDA registers these chemical germicides as a sterilant. These products are not for generalizing use. Meaning, these are not for household use.
List of risks of using chlorine bleach
Affects the nervous system
Triggers or intensifies asthma
Ingestion that can cause death
Studies link bleach to cancer
When mixed with ammonia or any quaternary ammonium compounds, it can emit poisonous gas
Corrosive to eyes and skin
Toxic to aquatic organisms
List of Safe Disinfectants as Alternative to Bleach
Thymol is useful for a broad spectrum of microbes to include H1N1 (Influenza A) virus, TB, and MRSA. When it comes to Intermediate-level disinfectant, Thymol is equal to bleach along with Silver Dihydrogen Citrate. EPA labels these substances as safe and non-toxic for general use. EPA studies show that Thymol has no adverse effects on humans and the environment. There were also no incident reports that are caused by Thymol.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
You can always buy 3% hydrogen peroxide on the market. It is a highly stable and effective disinfectant. You can use it on clothes safely with 50% water and 50% Hydrogen Peroxide ratio. You can mix Hydrogen Peroxide with Vinegar to increase its effectiveness in killing bacteria. Today, there are available child-safe sanitizers with hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient.
There are products on the market that uses Silver (0.003%) and Citric Acid (4.86%) as active ingredients. These products are proved safe and can kill bacteria, viruses, fungi (including MRSA), coronavirus, norovirus, E.Coli, and Salmonella. You can use them on food contact surfaces without rinsing.
4. Castile Soap
A Castile Soap is made of olive oil that is biodegradable. It is safe for the use of children and pets. You can dilute Castile soap with water to scrub your bathrooms, dishes, and floors. It can also best used as a laundry detergent. It becomes active when mixed with vinegar, baking soda, and borax.
5. Baking Soda
Baking Soda is the most natural alternative cleaning solution. Add it with water or vinegar to make a paste. Use it to scrub in your bathroom, kitchen, or toilet. It is the best in breaking down grease, stains, and residue. When used as laundry detergent, your clothes will come out fresh, clean, and smell better.
Vinegar is the easiest to find because every home has vinegar in its kitchen. It is 80% effective against viruses and mold bacteria. For clothes, soak the clothes with hot water and vinegar to ease and lift the stain.
7. Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl)
Petra introduces ULV500 Hypochlorous Acid, the professional surface cleaner that can correctly clean and disinfect any surface in schools, healthcare facilities, vehicles, food processing facilities, and more. ULV500 is a potent killer of germs and viruses. A potent oxidizer that can intensively clean and eliminate bad odor in surfaces, carpets, HVAC systems, water sources, and more. It has a neutral pH solution that is safe and free from corrosion. Hypochlorous Acid is proven to be 80 times effective than bleach. It is all-natural and organic. It is scent-free, no residue, and easy to use. It is the best use for countertops, tables, floors, toys, furniture, glass, porcelain, oven, sink, stainless steel, toilets, vinyl, walls, and more.