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Not too long ago, I succumbed to all the talk about how all you really need in your cleaning kit is some vinegar, Castile soap, and baking soda. I used up or threw out my chemical cleaners and replaced them with “natural” alternatives. And I will say that, for the most part, they got the job done.

But bleach (and if I’m being 100 percent honest, a few of those other chemical cleaners) has made its way back into my kitchen. Here’s why.


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