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Okay, this is going to sound corny, but here goes.<br><br>
I have been working on a commitment to rid of chlorine bleach from use in this house, knowing how harmful chlorine can be. I have one really stupid, stupid issue that I can't seem to figure out... and I suppose this is the best place to put it because it deals with home management and kids.<br><br>
I keep coming back to the fact that I let my dd SWIM in pools that are treated with this same chlorine! And I know she ingests this water accidentally and it gets into her eyes.<br><br>
The very little I use it around the house, rinsing it away so well seem so minor compared to that.<br><br>
How do you reconcile this? I've really been thinking a lot about this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I guess it depends on how much you value swimming. I love to swim, so it has a lot of value to me. I suspect I've had more chlorine exposure than is strickly good for me, but I've gotten a lot of fun out of it. You could make a differnt judgment with the same information and still be right.<br><br>
Do you have any sea water or bromine or ozone cleaned pools in your area?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I guess it depends on how much you value swimming. I love to swim, so it has a lot of value to me. I suspect I've had more chlorine exposure than is strickly good for me, but I've gotten a lot of fun out of it. You could make a differnt judgment with the same information and still be right.<br><br>
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No, just chlorine cleaned pools. I've read about saltwater pools... that'd be cool!<br><br>
My dh likes the brightness that chlorine bleach adds when cleaning... things like whites in the wash. I do a double rinse when I do add bleach; thoroughly rinse anytime I use it diluted to wipe down surfaces. Dd doesn't wear anything white, so he can't understand why I'm being paranoid about it...<br><br>
and then I let dd swim in chlorine pools. I see his point, and I just can't reconcile the hypocrisy of it. I thought maybe someone here would have a good argument.<br><br>
The other <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> thing is that our city water is treated with chlorine as well.
 

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Some thoughts:<br><br>
- We have well water, so no chlorine issue here for us, but I have seen some really inexpensive chlorine removers for baths, etc.<br><br>
- I don't think any of us own a completely white shirt - except for DH's undershirts. So, I haven't used bleach in about 10 years. Can you switch to one of the peroxide-based "bleaches" for laundry? Again, I've never used them, but someone here probably has...<br><br>
- Swimming: Are you using indoor or outdoor pools? I've read that inhaling the chlorine while at an indoor pool is actually much worse for the body than swimming in the pool itself. So, we avoid indoor chlorinated pools. But, the pools we have access to for free in the summer are all chlorinated and we just go and enjoy ourselves!
 

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I have used the peroxide based bleaches and they don't work. My white towels turned yellow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> So yes, I still use bleach in the whites load <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I see his point, and I just can't reconcile the hypocrisy of it. I thought maybe someone here would have a good argument.<br></div>
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Is it hypocrisy, or is it just sensible risk-reduction? She gets some exposure at the pool-- doesn't that give you all the more reason to reduce exposure at home?<br><br>
That'd be my argument. In fact, that's my argument about a lot of things. Apply it to ice cream, or birthday cake. Is it hypocritical to say these are "sometimes foods"? Just make chlorine consumption a "sometimes food"!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is it hypocrisy, or is it just sensible risk-reduction? She gets some exposure at the pool-- doesn't that give you all the more reason to reduce exposure at home?</div>
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That's my thought as well. You can't avoid the chlorine at the pool, so why add to it by using chlorine at home?<br><br>
The chlorine at the pool is also diluted. You don't risk chemical burns from the swimming pool the way you do with a bottle of bleach in the house- what if a young child gets into it somehow and undiluted splashes onto skin, or worse, into eyes? That's worthy of an ER visit, unlike swallowing a bit of pool water!<br><br>
Plus, you're not in control of the chlorine used at the pool. They'd be using chlorine whether or not your family swims there. If it was your own backyard pool, you could use something safer, but it's not something you're able to change. But you do have control of your laundry room. Using less or no bleach means that less bleach is being released into the environment.<br><br>
OTOH, the amount of bleach used in your DH's whites may be negligable in terms of environmental impact, and if your DH really wants whiter whites, it may be worth compromising on just his clothes. But using bleach all over the house when cleaning really increases the chances of your DC getting ahold of the undiluted bottle.
 
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