Author: Michelle C. Smith
Hello, my name is Michelle C. Smith, and I was addicted to bleach. I used it in my laundry, and I used it on every one of my hard surfaces.
I was convinced it kept my family healthy.
Bleach is caustic and corrosive, but the real problem is how it’s made
From the research I have done on germs (partly to help my germaphobia), I have learned germs help our autoimmune system become stronger. I have also read so much about the horrible impact of bleach and its manufacturing process has on our environment.
Dioxins – have you ever heard of them? They are one of the most toxic chemicals known to our planet.
Without giving you a boring chemistry lesson…”Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants”, and they are a by-product of manufacturing bleach.
Do dioxins cause cancer?
YES. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, dioxins are a “carcinogen in animals. Target organs include the liver, thyroid, lung, skin and soft tissues.”
That sounds scary.
And, it is, because dioxins are found in our food. More than 90% of human exposure is through food. It’s mostly found in our meat, dairy, fish, and shellfish.
Dioxins are a by-product of manufacturing bleach
So, bleach is caustic and corrosive. But, the real problem is how it’s made. Bleach is in or contributes to the manufacturing of about 15,000 products. It’s a big deal. So, let’s stop using it.
Listen. I know it’s hard to read about ideas and facts that make us question what we thought to be true.
When I started reading about all this information you are getting, I started questioning a lot of what I thought was truth. No one likes to question things. It makes you question more things. It has a domino effect.
I find that once you learn about the real harmful effects that bleach has on us as a people, as a human race, on our ecological system…it can be frightening. I don’t even think that word captures the true feeling, but it’s hard to think about how some tiny chemicals can wreak havoc on our environment and nobody seems to be talking about it.
About the Author
Michelle Smith is CEO and Maker at MamaSuds LLC, a wife, a mother of three, and an advocate for safe ingredients. She is on a mission to educate people concerned about our environment by teaching them to become ingredient ninjas.
Learn about alternatives to using bleach.