Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Green Clean

I have a tip for you today... try using hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach when washing your clothes. I've found it usually works to get out stains. But if you want to use it on colors, make sure you spot test it first, because it can lighten them, just like bleach. Bleach is not so great for the environment because it's a mix of sodium hydroxide and chlorine. Chlorine is highly reactive, so once it goes down your drain and enters aquatic systems, it can damage wildlife. And the same goes for you... chlorine has been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption (that means it messes with your hormones), so it's not benefitting you to be using it all the time. Hydrogen peroxide just breaks down into water and oxygen. If you really don't want to give up the bleach, try using an oxygen-based one like OxiClean, which is more environmentally friendly.

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