For many people, getting a kitchen “truly clean” means using bleach when cleaning. A little spray on the countertop, a little in the mop bucket…but using bleach to clean your kitchen may leave you feeling less like cooking in your kitchen and more like you need to open the windows and get some fresh air–now. The good news? You don’t have to clean your kitchen with harsh bleach. Instead, reach for non toxic cleaning products that keep your home clean while still being safe for you, your family, and your pets. Here’s how.
Why should I avoid bleach in the kitchen?
Bleach is a popular disinfectant, and it became even more popular during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. But while bleach does disinfect surfaces effectively, it’s not without risks to its user, other family members, and to family pets.
According to The New York Times, “Bleach’s corrosive nature means that it can be damaging to skin and eyes if contact occurs. It has also been shown in numerous studies to be linked to asthma, among professional cleaners as well as people who use it frequently in the home.” In fact, in a 2015 reuters.com article highlighting a study on the effects of cleaning products on professional cleaning service employees, “Products such as bleach, glass cleaner, detergents and air fresheners exacerbated asthma-related symptoms for the women, and their reduced lung function lasted until the morning after exposure, in some cases getting worse with time.”
But the good news is that you don’t have to subject yourself to irritated eyes, skin, or lungs in order to clean your kitchen. Instead of reaching for bleach, you can reach for natural cleaning products that clean effortlessly, smell wonderful, and best of all, won’t harm your health.
To clean countertops.
For countertops that need cleaning, skip the bleach and reach for a natural multi-purpose cleaner, instead. L’AVANT Collective Multipurpose Surface Cleaner uses the power of plants to gently yet effectively wipe down surfaces, removing grease, dirt, and anything else daily living leaves behind. Infused with a blend of essential oils like lemon, clary sage, and geranium for their relaxing scents and natural antifungal and antibacterial properties, you can spray this luxury multi-purpose cleaner on countertops, glass, and cabinets, then wipe away for streak-free shine. But the best part? Not having to worry about your eyes, skin, or lungs while you’re using this bleach-free formula!
To clean appliances.
A microwave speckled with pasta sauce? A stovetop spattered with oil? Or maybe it’s a refrigerator shelf with an unidentified sticky substance: Whatever mess you’ve discovered in your kitchen appliances, skip the harsh bleach-based cleaner and grab the unscented luxury cleaning wipes from L’AVANT Collective.
These biodegradable cleaning wipes are an easy, mess-free, and highly effective solution to cleaning appliances, yet gentle enough to work on delicate surfaces. And because they’re thick, they won’t shred under pressure! Bonus: These are ideal for wiping down placemats, highchair trays, and for getting little ones in the habit of cleaning up after themselves without fear of exposure to toxic chemicals.
To clean faucets and sinks.
No matter how diligent we are in our cleaning, high-use areas like sinks and faucets always need a little extra love. Instead of reaching for a cleanser made with bleach, sprinkle a tablespoon or two of baking soda into your kitchen sink, then liberally spray L’AVANT Collective Multipurpose Cleaner until it forms a kind of paste with the baking soda. Scrub gently as you normally would, enjoying the aroma of L’AVANT’s proprietary Fresh Linen scent, and watch as your sink and faucet recover their shine.
With biodegradable cleaning products this gentle and effective, trust us: You won’t miss cleaning your kitchen with bleach!