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As far as I know alcohol is just as effective as bleach and safe for all materials.
NO! NO! NO!
If you're concerned about dangerous organisms alcohol is NOT as effective as bleach. There are a number of bugs that alcohol is known not to kill.
There is a small error in the top that I'd like to address. It's small, but could possibly be important sometime.
There is a difference between cleaning and sanitizing/sterilizing . Cleaning is the removal of foreign materials, sanitizing/sterilizing is killing or inactivating any organisms on an item. In order for something to be adequately sterilized/sanitized it must be cleaned first.
Wash before boiling/bleaching!