Bleach within laundry detergents, whether regular or color-safe, seems like a great idea because we know that bleach disinfects and brightens clothing; However the negative health risks outweigh any possible benefits.
While you’ve probably heard the warning not to mix bleach with ammonia, you may not have heard about the dangers of bleach itself. A bleach and ammonia mixture will steal all oxygen from the air, but bleach alone is a harmful irritant that hurts your lungs.
In Green Living, the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine note that chlorine bleach, as it flows down the drain, can produce organochlorines (OC), which create problems for your reproductive and neurological system while increasing your risk of developing cancer.
And to stabilize bleaching agents, manufacturers add ethylene-diamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA). EDTA slowly biodegrades and can release settled heavy metals into the water supply. And heavy metals on their own cause another cascade of health problems, anything from visceral organ damage and cancer to neurological diseases.
Is it really worth it, paying with your health while buying a concoction of toxic chemicals
just to make your ‘whites whiter’ ?
All the best,
The Water Liberty Team