There is much debate out there about the use of chlorine bleach (from here, simply referred to as bleach) in the household. I make no apologies for being anti-bleach in my home and business, but I recognize that there are some of you out there who are still addicted to the stuff. Let me remind you that I am not a chemist and some of the information I will give here is gleaned from several sources.
In the dishwasher try making your own detergent! Read my post Step Three: The Alternatives for an excellent recipe, which is effective in getting dishes clean and money-saving by lasting forever. Fill the little rinse cup with distilled white vinegar--another cost-effective tip--instead of commercial rinse agents that contain, among other things, chlorine bleach.
So, what about those toys that need a good disinfecting once in a while? Well, throw them in the dishwasher. Seriously! You won't do this with dishes, but fill it with as many toys as will fit and run a cycle. Those wonderful ingredients in your homemade detergent will clean and disinfect, while that super-hot water sanitizes. For larger toys that won't fit in the dishwasher, fill a kiddy-pool with water, add a gallon of vinegar, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon each of tea tree, eucalyptus, and cedar essential oils. Stir very well, add the toys, and leave in the sun for a couple of hours. Rinse them very well with the water hose and allow to dry in the sun.
Did you know the sun is a natural whitener/brightener and sanitizer? Try drying your whites in the sun and see how white they look. You do need to be cautious with drying your colors in the sun because they can get bleached out, so pick a shadier spot.
Good luck and healthy living!