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and I loved it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: Yup.....on some dipes, socks, Tshirts, kitchen towels, rags......everything was so dingy! It is beautiful now!<br><br>
I feel ashamed and happy at the same time.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt"><br><br>
What natural alternative would have the same effect as bleach?
 

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I am thinking of doing it once a month or so to brighten everything up..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
Hurry mamas....................need alternatives.............
 

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I used bleach on some rags a couple of years ago. I have a lot of cleaning rags, and I always know which ones I bleached because they are not as soft as the others. They are also starting to wear out sooner. I only bleached them a couple of times, just what was recommended. Bleach looks great at first but it does a lot of damage to fibers.<br><br>
I love the smell of bleach though. My mom used to be a housecleaner and she used it a lot. Somehow I equate it with cleanliness and freshness.
 

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I love the smell of bleach though. My mom used to be a housecleaner and she used it a lot. Somehow I equate it with cleanliness and freshness.</div>
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Me too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: My mom cleaned with it alot...
 

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Um, sorry to put a damper on the bleach bonding but isn't this what the huge thread I started in Q & S is about? That we shouldn't be doing exactly this? Cynthia said this is not okay on another thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I was thinking the same thing, MAN. To each her own with bleach, but I think an NFL forum should be advocating for less <a href="http://www.safenowproducts.com/FAQ/faqlaun.htm#LaundryChlorineBleach" target="_blank">harmful</a> alternatives.
 

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Please offer me alternatives to bleach. I have been using all natural stuff you almost a year. My whites are grey. My dipes are stained.
 

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<a href="http://www.mercola.com/2001/jun/23/chlorine.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mercola.com/2001/jun/23/chlorine.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.laundry-alternative.com/nochlorine.html" target="_blank">http://www.laundry-alternative.com/nochlorine.html</a><br><a href="http://www.bodyfueling.com/ARTICLES/chlorine1.html" target="_blank">http://www.bodyfueling.com/ARTICLES/chlorine1.html</a><br><a href="http://www.sensiblesoftware.com/articles/a/DANGERS-OF-USING-HOUSEHOLD-CLEANERS-WITH-CHLORINE.html" target="_blank">http://www.sensiblesoftware.com/arti...-CHLORINE.html</a><br><a href="http://www.greenhome.com/info/magazine/001/safercleaning2.html" target="_blank">http://www.greenhome.com/info/magazi...cleaning2.html</a><br><br>
And, if those aren't good enough, from Mothering:<br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">You've already taken two big steps by choosing an all-natural laundry detergent and all-cotton diapers (organic, hopefully), both of which make daily contact with your baby's sensitive skin. To ensure that a laundry detergent is as natural as possible, choose products that list all ingredients and are plant- rather than petroleum-based. It is also a good idea to choose fragrance-free detergents, as fragrance residues on clothes can produce skin irritation and rashes as well as watery eyes and noses, according to Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block (Crown, 2002). Allergies, Dr. Karp says, can develop through repeated early exposures to irritating substances.<br><br>
Also to be kept out of the laundry room: Chlorine bleach, also called sodium hypochlorite, which gives off caustic fumes and is highly poisonous if swallowed. Choose non-chlorine bleaches that use sodium percarbonate or sodium perborate, instead. Or, give diapers a pre-wash soak in water mixed with either borax, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar.<br><br>
Some best, least-toxic laundry products to look for:<br>
Seventh Generation<br>
Ecover<br>
Sun & Earth<br>
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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/sections/experts/pennybacker-archive.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/sections/ex...r-archive.html</a>
 

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That stuff is just SO toxic. I agree that it breaks fabric down and ruins it. Have you tried baking soda? That can help to lighten things. I use baking soda for pretty much everything.<br><br>
I have used unnatural things before...I just don't think it's a good idea to be posting about it like this, kwim? Especially since we're getting after the newbies for it and trying to set an example I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Please offer me alternatives to bleach. I have been using all natural stuff you almost a year. My whites are grey. My dipes are stained.</div>
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That doesn't make bleach an acceptable alternative.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That stuff is just SO toxic. I agree that it breaks fabric down and ruins it. Have you tried baking soda? That can help to lighten things. I use baking soda for pretty much everything.<br><br>
I have used unnatural things before...I just don't think it's a good idea to be posting about it like this, kwim? Especially since we're getting after the newbies for it and trying to set an example I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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The sun works great, too. Not as easy as dumping some bleach in the laundry, but it helps clothes look and smell great!
 

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Woah! Holy X-posting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="huh">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Please offer me alternatives to bleach. I have been using all natural stuff you almost a year. My whites are grey. My dipes are stained.</div>
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This is what I do:<br><br>
Soak in cold water immediately after use<br>
Do a prewash in cold<br>
Wash in hot w/BS (baking soda)<br><br>
My whites are never grey and almost every stain comes out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Wow.............<br><br>
Totally did not mean to get everyone up in arms. It is hard to break the cycle from mainstream to NFL. This is one area I am still struggling with...........laundry.<br><br>
There are perhaps more polite ways to question what I was originally saying without being snarky. (Not all of you.......annettemarie I appreciate the links)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is what I do:<br><br>
Soak in cold water immediately after use<br>
Do a prewash in cold<br>
Wash in hot w/BS (baking soda)<br><br>
My whites are never grey and almost every stain comes out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Thank you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is what I do:<br><br>
Soak in cold water immediately after use<br>
Do a prewash in cold<br>
Wash in hot w/BS (baking soda)<br><br>
My whites are never grey and almost every stain comes out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Yep. I do the same and get bright whites, pefect for right after Memorial Day (for the old-skool mamas out there). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have tried baking soda....I didn't have much luck with it. How much do you use?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are perhaps more polite ways to question what I was originally saying without being snarky. (Not all of you.......annettemarie I appreciate the links)</div>
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Perhaps by the same token you could phrase this sort of thing as a question rather than extolling the virtues of bleach on a NFL board.<br><br>
ETA: This post makes more sense in the context of your original, unedited post which praised bleach without asking for natural alternatives.<br><br>
ETA: I see you edited your second post as well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have tried baking soda....I didn't have much luck with it. How much do you use?</div>
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Arm and Hammer makes a washing soda- I throw some of that in with my dipes when they are looking bad.<br><br>
Why do dipes need to be sparkling clean, anyway? I have never understood that. They're poopcatchers- they're bound to have stains!
 
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