My recommendation is that consumers looking for affective ways to clean their home should use household vinegar, instead of household bleach. Even though vinegar is not quite as effective as bleach as a disinfectant, it is a much safer product to use in the household environment. Since vinegar is a non-toxic product it is less harmful to the environment and the humans who live in it. The only harmful effect to the environment associated with the use of vinegar is that it has the potential to kill some plant species. However, bleach is known for many more environmental impacts, such as the production of dioxins and VOC’s, which is harmful to aquatic life as well as human health. The killing off of much marine life could affect the food chain which may also impact humans in the long run.
Furthermore, vinegar has less of an impact on the environment and does not pose that great of a risk when being handled Therefore, it does not cause short term or long term damage to human health (unless exposed to large concentrations.)
Also, vinegar may not be as powerful as bleach for disinfectant, but it gets the job done, while remaining safe to the environment. Vinegar effectively kills of pathogens and reduces the amount of microbes on a surface being cleaned. To be specific, it kills 90% of bacteria and 80-83% of viruses, molds, and mildews.
In conclusion, I would recommend that consumers use household vinegar to clean their homes because it is a good disinfectant and more importantly it is not as harmful to humans or the environment. Not to mention, it is effective compared to opposing expensive cleaning products.