Chlorine is a very hazardous chemical with negative short and long-term health effects as well as negative environmental impacts. Using chlorine-containing products in your home is dangerous and, now that effective replacements are available, completely unnecessary. Chlorine exposure can cause irritation and nausea, and lead to long-term health effects such as tooth corrosion. It is highly dangerous both in the home and in your water supply.
You can replace chlorine bleach in your home with non-chlorine bleach alternatives, such as oxygen bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Unlike chlorine bleach, powdered oxygen bleach can be used on carpet, upholstery and even the most delicate linens (except for some types of wool and silk) without harming the fabric. Oxygen bleaches really do work and for some stains even do a better job than traditional bleaches or cleaners.
Products in your home that may contain chlorine, and should be replaced with non-chlorine alternatives, include automatic dishwashing detergents, chlorine bleach, chlorinated disinfectant cleaners, mildew removers, and toilet bowl cleaners. Chlorine can also show up on labels as “sodium hypochlorite” or “hypochlorite,” so be careful when you’re checking the labels on your cleaners.
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