In the past, it was common to hear of cleaning whites with bleach. Whether it was shoes and clothes or sinks, pots and other household items, cleaning whites often included the use of bleach.
In today’s day and age, as the level of knowledge increases regarding harsh chemicals and the effects of their use, alternative and natural ingredients are more common in cleaning whites.
For white shoes, brush off excess dirt, and then combine water with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Brush the paste onto the surface of the shoes and set the shoes in the sun.
For clothes, you can soak your whites in five cups of water and two cups of vinegar overnight and then put them through the washing machine cycle just as you normally would.
To clean the bathroom sink, mix baking soda with dish soap and warm water to scrub and clean your sink.
For pots, place them on the stove with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide, a little baking soda and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn it off and let it sit for a few minutes. Once the pots cool, pour the solution out and scrub with a sponge.
Discovering that there are many natural solutions one can easily make at home, in order to keep household items and clothings/shoes clean, while still limiting or altogether eliminating exposure to any harmful chemicals creates a win-win situation.