Inside: When should you clean with bleach and when to use a milder, naturally derived cleaning product instead. Plus, grab a handy free printable cleaning checklist! Sponsored by AlEn USA.
With winter cold and flu season upon us, I’m stepping up my cleaning routine! That means taking extra care to disinfect our home and getting organized for the new year.
Did you know that it’s not necessary to use a disinfectant every single time you clean? Or that some surfaces are better cared for with a naturally-derived cleaner?
The best cleaning routine is all about balance — knowing which product is best for the job!
Keep reading for tips on when to clean with bleach, when to use a naturally-based cleaner, and a handy printable cleaning checklist!
When and where should you use a disinfectant?
Certain things in the home are germ-magnets, and it’s a good idea to disinfect frequently.
Bleach is one of the most effective disinfectants, and CLORALEN® Disinfectant Bleach is the best value I’ve found. That’s because CLORALEN Disinfectant Bleach delivers the same cleaning and disinfecting power of the leading brands, at a more affordable price!
It checks off two of my New Year’s resolutions: deep cleaning the house AND being more budget conscious!
When to use bleach based disinfectants:
- Daily, on high touch areas such as doorknobs, fridge handles, remotes, countertops
- For cleaning and deodorizing bathrooms
- After you’ve had a visitor to your home
- Anything touched by a household member who is sick
How to use bleach to disinfect surfaces:
- First, wash surface with soap and water.
- Next, sanitize with a diluted mixture of 1/2 cup bleach and 1 gallon water.
- Rinse with water and allow to dry completely.
TIP: Always use approved products, such as CLORALEN Disinfectant Bleach, and follow the instructions on the label. Never mix cleaning products, especially bleach with ammonia.
When is a naturally derived household cleaner a better option?
Especially during cold and flu season, it can be tempting to want to disinfect everything — but is it really necessary?
Bleach is an awesome cleaning tool, but there are times when a milder, green cleaning product is actually a better fit for the job!
These are some of the instances when I use a naturally derived cleaner such as Art of Green®, as opposed to bleach:
- For cleaning everyday messes — When I’m wiping the table after breakfast, I reach for an Art of Green cleaning wipe. It makes quick work of spills, crumbs, and smears!
- On surfaces not suitable for bleach — I use Art of Green products on anything that is porous or not colorfast. Bleach is not recommended for use on wood, granite, and most metals.
One reason I love Art of Green is because it is free of harsh chemicals and safe on sensitive skin. During the winter, my skin is especially dry, so I’m extra careful to use cleaning products that won’t dry out my skin even more.
Plus all of the Art of Green products smell AMAZING!! Seriously, they are best smelling cleaning products I’ve ever tried! There are two fragrances — Lavender Eucalyptus and Citrus and White Flowers — and they both smell so heavenly that I can’t even choose a favorite!
I wrote this post about Art of Green green cleaning products in early 2019 because I was so excited about how well they worked and how good they smelled. I still stand by that! LOVE these products!!
But don’t just take my word on it…
Art of Green was voted a 2020 Product of the Year by more than 40,000 consumers! Click here to learn more!
Download our handy cleaning checklist
I created this handy printable cleaning checklist as a reminder of when to use bleach to disinfect, and when to choose a naturally derived cleaner.
Clean Home, Clean Earth
Another reason that I’m a fan of both the products mentioned above is that their parent company, AlEn USA is committed to building a cleaner world — in every sense of the word!
With sustainable ingredients and recyclable packaging made from post-consumer recycled plastic, AlEn USA helps keep your home and the planet cleaner!
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