You know you're a bleachaholic when your fingers are puckered and your nose permanently tingles.
When you walk out of the house with a strange white blotch on the back of your purple shirt, and your kids have stopped giving you their laundry.
Sure, bleach is great -- it kills germs, and in this day and age of "everything is bad for you," the CDC still recommends bleach as a must for every home. But there is too much of a good thing.
See also weird white blotches on your daughter's favorite purple shirt.
And this little fact: "Chlorine bleach releases dioxin, furans, and other organochlorines into the air, can cause sore throats, coughs, wheezing, shortness of breath, fluid in the lungs, and studies have shown a relationship between dioxin exposure and cancer, birth defects, and developmental/reproductive disorders."
If you're ready to break the addiction, try some of these on for size:
1. Lemon Juice. Squeezed into the laundry, it will give you that same boost of whiteness.
2. Baking Soda. Use it to pre-soak set-in stains or throw a half cup into the wash cycle to whiten your whites -- it's safe on darks too.
3. Vinegar. A perfect disinfectant, this is an option for spots outside of the laundry room where you would have used bleach to kill germs.
4. Non-chlorine Bleach. If you're still addicted, try a safer alternative. Seventh Generation and a host of other companies make options that are free of chlorine.
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