Before you wash them, how about you sanitize them? It's simple: let them soak in a hot water bowl with about ten drops of essential oil of tea tree, Scots pine, or even Ravintsara: all three are unstoppable against microbes, and you will avoid having to bleach when you wash.
MY NATURAL AND NON-POLLUTING RECIPES FOR MY KITCHEN
Cleaning without polluting is much easier than it seems to be! Once you tried it, you'd be into it! Why? Because using natural cleaning products is a cost-effective and eco-friendly option, while leaving your home with a fresh and natural smell. In short, a large number of assets to give your home a chemical-free clean.
Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar and two drops of lemon essence.
Use a damp cloth soaked in the mixture to clean the fridge
Then, leave in a refrigerator some bicarbonate of soda in a bowl to avoid odours.
To get rid of stinky kitchen sink or washbasin drains, pour 2 to 3 drops of tea tree essential oil or lemongrass into half a glass of bicarbonate of soda. Then top up with boiling water and run it down the drain. Wait for 2 to 3 hours before to rinse with white vinegar following by abundantly hot water 15 minutes after.
Is it still clogged? Try the mixture of white vinegar + bicarbonate of soda + salt (mix well before pouring). Leave it to allow the mixture to unclog your drain, and rinse abundantly with boiling water.
Extracts from 'Anti-Pollution Guide for a Healthy House' by Isabelle PACCHIONI, Leduc Pratique edition and Top Santé's Guide '48 Essential Oils which every home needs to be healthy'.