Why Can we Buy that at the Grocery Store?!

by Nadine Staaf

in Children's Health

A couple of years ago, I bought a container of bleach. I bought it because a friend of mine had told me that it was really the only way to get things properly cleaned, and at the time I believed her. I still haven’t used all of it, and I don’t plan to.

Today, I found myself in a pickle (I wish the food kind). because I don’t want toxic chemicals in my home. I cannot safely throw the bleach container in the recycle bin, and I don’t feel right about dumping the remains down the drain because it has all those scary-looking symbols on the container and I don’t want fish to die.

That’s when it dawned on me: bleach is used to clean things…Usually bathtubs. But, it’s pretty well illegal to dump bleach down the drain (I think because of the fishes). I began to investigate! Is bleach really all that bad? Well, there are several sources that would say so, including the source I contacted to find out what I was supposed to do with my leftover bleach.

How Bleach Affects the Environment

The respondent commended me on my care for the environment. I was pleased with that encouragement, and then frustrated by the fact that we are doing really crummy things to the planet with our choices and most of us don’t even know we’re doing it!

We can walk into our local grocery stores and buy Household Hazardous Waste products which we can pollute our homes with, hurt our families with, dump down our drains, later drink in our municipal water, and harm our planet in a really big way.

Contemplate the Question

The question is no longer “is it safe to dump this down the drain?”
The question now is, “how can we turn this situation into something that looks better for future generations so that our children can live in a planet that’s not completely toxic to their health?”



Why Can we Buy that at the Grocery Store?!

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Courtney December 2, 2012 at 12:56 am

What kinds of home products would be an alternative to using conventional cleaning items? Could some even be in our pantry? I bet those would be cheap to boot.


Nadine December 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

Great question, Courtney! Healthy Child Healthy World has a ridiculously thorough list of recipes for Safe and Healthy homemade, DIY, cleaners. It’s a good reference to bookmark because a lot of the time other recipes look healthy but often times are filled with toxic chemicals that we’re unaware of. Here’s the link to the blog post that has that list! Thanks for your comment and care! Recipes for safe household cleaners.


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