Our generations before us were much more in tune with this earth and lived a much more simple life. Now we live our hurried lives filled with toxic chemicals, loud sounds, and gadgets. We have been enticed to purchase and fill our homes with products, electronics, chemical filled potions only so that big business owners can become wealthy at the expense of our health.
Let us talk about Lye and Castile soap. First, Lye soap is NOT harsh if it is made properly. Maybe years ago they made it too strong and that gave it a bad reputation. When Lye, water and oil/fat is mixed together it goes through a process called, Saponification and this is the chemical process of making soap. I only know how to talk plain talk because I am not a chemist but the way I can explain it Lye is caustic stuff by itself but when the correct amounts of Lye mixed with water and fat or oils they all eat each other up and turn into soap.
As far as cleaning, I use both Castile and Lye soap to washed down our bathrooms. Make a scrubbie for your bathroom and this will really clean up a tub or sink. Both soaps do very well for cleaning.
The problem with Bleach is we have become careless with our use of bleach giving no consideration to the environment or our health. Many people never measure bleach and just pour it like it does not matter but it does matter. If there is something stained and nothing else will work then use a minimal amount. Lets say you have some very dirty socks. You have hand washed them but the stains will not come out. Put those socks in a small container or small bucket and soak them in water, bleach and soap instead of pouring a larger amount of bleach in washing machine. Use rubber gloves when handling bleach. For disinfecting read the label and you just might be surprised at how little it takes to disinfect. I personally do not like sprays that contain bleach because it goes up your nose, on your skin and into your body.
I am not a scientist or expert so you should do your own research about killing germs, this is only my opinion about disinfecting.
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