Greta Mckenzie asks: I was wondering if you would be able to tell me how damaging using bleach is to our water source and anything else. I haven't used bleach in my cleaning or laundry for some time now, but there is the odd occasion where it may come in handy. Is it harmful?
You're right. For many people, keeping their whites sparkling usually involves bleach. Unfortunately, chlorine used to make conventional bleach is toxic to manufacture. Once it leaves your drain, it can form organochlorines which are highly toxic to fish. Instead, choose eco-friendly oxygen bleach — its chlorine free. An even more affordable solution, that I prefer, is adding half a cup of baking soda to your wash (even works great in your cold water cycle).
Read this story about how Greenpeace lobbied the Clorox Company to convert their U.S. factories to be much safer!