Chlorine Bleach

Try to avoid or eliminate the use of Chlorine Bleach. It is hazardous to your health and is not the all purpose stain remover that we all think.

The only part of a stain that bleach will remove is the color from a stain not the stain itself. What that means is that if it’s a complex stain such as food stains it will remove the color of the food but not the food itself. The stain will not be visible but the sugar or protein will still be on the fabric and will oxidize over time.

The do’s and don’t of chlorine bleach.

Types of stains bleach will remove:

Color transfer during washing, dyes, tannin stains from fruit such as blueberry’s, strawberry’s, grass, and grapes.

Types of stains bleach will not remove:

Protein stains from blood and food, pigment stains such as mud, grease and oil stains.

Fibers and fabrics that is bleachable:

Plant base fibers such as cotton, linen, hemp, and ramie.

Fibers and fabrics that is not bleachable:

Protein base fibers such as wool, cashmere, silk, angora, and camel hair.

There are many other stain removal products on the market that can replace chlorine bleach and are safer for your health and the environment. For example Hydrogen Peroxide is a much safer bleaching product than chlorine bleach.

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners is your certified green dry cleaner serving San Francisco and Sausalito with the environmentally friendly (Wet Clean) dry cleaning system. This system is EPA approved and contains no toxic chemicals.

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