As I’m reading about cotton for my textiles class, I come across this paragraph:
Care: …Use of chlorine bleach is appropriate for spot removal, but should not be used in regular laundering because excessive bleaching weakens cellulosic fibers. (Textiles, 10th Edition by Sara J. Kadolph)
My first reaction was, “oh, dear,” and then, “well, that explains a few things.” You see, I am a chlorine bleach user. I like how it whitens and disinfects our white cotton clothes and linens which have a tendency to turn grayish in our very hard city water. And, call me crazy, I kind of like the old-fashioned fragrance of it, too.
But, apparently it shortens the life of my cottons, too. And, it was kind of causing problems with the elastic properties of My Honey’s socks and skivvies–even though I only buy him 100% cotton undies. About a month or so ago, he started complaining that his socks were falling down and I noticed that his skivvies…well, that would be TMI (too much information).
I just decided to take a look at the care label of one of My Honey’s t-shirts. Right there, on the “tagless tag” it says to use only non-chlorine bleach as needed.
I’ve been doing laundry for almost 40 years. I thought I knew how to wash white cottons. Why would I look at the care labels?
Well, now I know why.
Non-chlorine bleach it is from now on.
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