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Is Residual Bleach Smell Toxic?

Question: Can the residual smell of bleach on sheets be harmful or toxic?

Answer: Harmful and toxic can be two different things. To begin with I would recommend finding out why there is such a strong smell of chlorine bleach being left in the sheets. Most likely there is too much being used, and/or the sheets are being insufficiently rinsed.

Without knowing the specific amount of chlorine coming from the sheets, it is impossible for me to guarantee anything about safety. I do doubt that the smell of chlorine would be of any concentration that would cause harmful or toxic conditions. I would, however, have concerns that the sheets could cause considerable irritation to the skin of anyone lying on them. But any strong smell of chlorine coming off the sheet is more likely to damage the sheet than anything.

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Got Bedbugs? Help Is Here

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) launched the www.bedbugtoolkit.com, a free online resource to help hotel owners and operators stop bed bugs before they spread. The kit features downloadable materials on how to train staff to detect bed bugs early and actions to take when they suspect a guest room is infested. The digital toolkit includes a fact sheet about how bed bugs spread, their life-cycle and where they like to hide; a poster on bed bug detection; an instructional video showing where to inspect for bed bugs and what signs to look for; and a convenient pocket card for housekeeping staff with directions on how to inspect a room and what to do if bed bugs are found.