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Laundry to be Hung Out to Dry

Your laundry room may not look like a Hollywood studio, but if you're using conventional detergents there's some serious visual trickery going on when you pull each load off the line. It's strange but true -- almost every conventional detergent contains chemicals called optical brighteners whose only purpose is to trick us into believing that the fabrics of our lives are whiter than white and brighter than bright.

I'd say yeah-sure-whatever-who-cares except that optical brighteners pull some nasty tricks on people and the environment as well, and that makes them a pretty dim idea at the end of the day. A spooky October video shows the eerie things optical brighteners leave behind on our clothes and bedding. Check it out and just say no to the glow.

Geoff the Inkslinger and his Dog

The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America's most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds!