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There is no need for bleach

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DyslexicScientist Sat 02-Jan-16 21:16:33

I never use it in my house as I just think there is no need, everything can be done with a bit of elbow grease IMO.

I know people who use toilet bleach to mop the floor, when washing whites, doing the dishes with coffee / tea stains, in a spray bottle for wiping down crumbs in the kitchen. It makes me feel unwell being in certain friends houses that have a bleach fetish.

Anyone else manage to survive without it?

goodnightdarthvader1 Sat 02-Jan-16 21:19:56

I only use it for the sink (we have an old enamel sink). The rest I use a grease-spray (oven) or antibacterial (countertops).

Sparklingbrook Sat 02-Jan-16 21:20:09

Yes. I can't bear the stuff. The smell makes me feel sick.

It does seem a very popular subject on MN though.

Wolfiefan Sat 02-Jan-16 21:21:00

It gives me an asthma attack. I get on fine without it. Steamer for floor and anti bac for surfaces.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Sat 02-Jan-16 21:21:31

There's no need for lots of things that some people choose to use.
I feel a bit icky when I go into people's houses and they've got nasty cheap laminate. Chuh I say to myself, they could survive without this clippycloppy slightly sticky flooring.
But I'd have to be feeling very bored to start an aibu about it.

SusannahD Sat 02-Jan-16 21:21:48

I only use it for tough jobs, not for general day to day use its just not needed.

Wolfiefan Sat 02-Jan-16 21:25:50

Then later. How charming! confused

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 02-Jan-16 21:26:22

I like the smell, it feels so clean.

I don't own any bleach and I never have done.. I'm still alive grin

penguinsarecool12 Sat 02-Jan-16 21:27:31

I don't understand why MN is so anti bleach.

lapsedorienteerer Sat 02-Jan-16 21:28:53

We need it for toilets...........grin

Sparklingbrook Sat 02-Jan-16 21:28:56

I don't understand why MN is so anti bleach.

MN is not a single being. confused

TriIls Sat 02-Jan-16 21:30:19

I could survive without it if I chose.

But I do not choose.

ButEmilylovedhim Sat 02-Jan-16 21:30:36

I only use bleach for the toilet and for plugholes when they need it. Seems very strong and toxic to use for other cleaning jobs.

TriIls Sat 02-Jan-16 21:31:40

pensguins what you are seeing when you say that MN is anti-bleach is simply people having different opinions to you.

All of the people who agree with you, you don't notice them so much, so you don't think "MN thinks this, just like I do".

When you see a few people whose opinions differ from yours, you notice it, and you think "MN thinks this, MN is weird".

chantico Sat 02-Jan-16 21:32:25

Bleach isn't that much use as a cleaner, it's a strong alkali disinfectant that bleaches things. So yes, it make sense to use it to keep white laundry white. And I can see why you might want to break it out if you've got an outbreak of something like D&V in the house.

Sparklingbrook Sat 02-Jan-16 21:33:09

Some people on MN thing bleach is the best thing ever and some people on MN have to try no to vomit when they smell it. grin

wickedlazy Sat 02-Jan-16 21:33:10

I use a little bit. Prefer the flash with fabreeze now though, use that well diluted in my new squirty mop thing. (Then another go over with damp mop head). I don't like the thought of just using water on counters so I use antibacterial spray, but not too much. Dp uses bleach on loo. Use boiling hot water and flash for sinks. Wouldn't want even the flash stuff on my dishes. Hot water, salt, a good scrubby sponge and washing up liquid.

BrandNewAndImproved Sat 02-Jan-16 21:33:12

bleach is 100% better then anti bac spray. It kills salmonella, ecoli, norovirus ect and if people used bleach a bit more like they used to perhaps we wouldn't have stomach bugs spreading like wildfire.

I sound like a bleach fanatic but I don't even go through a whole bottle a month sometimes two. A squirt in the hot water and fairy liquid when mopping the floors, a squirt down the toilet and I use a bleach spray for cleaning my counters in the kitchen down.

Me and my dc hardly ever get ill, hasn't been a bug in the house since 2012 and we don't really catch or spread colds to each other either as I clean the door handles and regular touched stuff with the bleach spray whenever someones got something catching.

DyslexicScientist Sat 02-Jan-16 21:33:13

Ooh didnt know bleach was a known topic here. I'm just venting a bit about bleach being virtually sprayed over my avacado on rye earlier.

Glad I'm not alone.

My toilet is just fine with eco toilet stuff and a monthly scrub.

thenightsky Sat 02-Jan-16 21:33:47

Never use it. DH keeps trying to sneak it in but I sling it out.

Sick of having lovely coloured towels ruined by his bleachy hand prints. Plus it ends up on clothes etc. Vile stuff.

DickDewy Sat 02-Jan-16 21:35:36

I bloody love a bit of bleach. But only for the loos and sometimes the kitchen sink.

Outaboutnowt Sat 02-Jan-16 21:35:39

My mil uses bleach when she washes up. I find it weird! No need in that instance IMO.

I do chuck bleach down the loo occasionally. It makes it look clean at least.

penguinsarecool12 Sat 02-Jan-16 21:36:16

Very true Sparkling and TriIls

Sparklingbrook Sat 02-Jan-16 21:36:38

Ooh didnt know bleach was a known topic here.

There's even a loo bleach troll.

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