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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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Laundry to Reduce Air Emmissions and Fund Cleaner Burning Wood Stove Purchases

BOSTON, Mass. — Alltex Uniform Rental Service, an industrial laundry in Manchester, N.H. has agreed to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Air Act by paying a civil penalty of $65,000. They will also be undertaking a Supplemental Environmental Project with a value of at least $220,000 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models. Additionally, the company will install equipment at its facility to remove approximately 20 tons per year of emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”). G&K Services is the parent company of Alltex Uniform Rental Service Inc. The EPA action grew out of an EPA inspection of the facility in July 2008.