Published on March 9th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe1
Bleach Stencil Tutorial and the Environmental Impacts of Bleach
Wait a second! Bleach is not exactly the most eco-friendly product. What sort of green crafting site would recommend using bleach? Don’t fret. I promise I wouldn’t recommend something that seems kind of sketchy from an environmental standpoint without doing my research.
After quite a bit of digging, I learned a lot about bleach and its environmental impacts. Before we get to the bleach stencil tutorial, let’s talk a bit about bleach and bleach alternatives.
One of the major problems with conventional bleach is the chlorine. Chlorine is highly toxic, and bleach is one of the major culprits responsible for chlorine contamination. It pollutes water, harms wildlife, and is unhealthy for people. Luckily, there are many brands of non-chlorine bleach out there. If you’re going to craft with bleach, it’s worth shelling out the extra cash for something less toxic. Read over the ingredients to also make sure it doesn’t contain sodium hypochlorite.
If you’re just not wanting to use bleach, I don’t blame you. Alternatives might not get the same effect as bleach, but there are some other ways to achieve something similar. Try using lemon juice or diluted hydrogen peroxide in place of bleach. They might take a bit longer to bleach the fabric, so do a little bit of testing before using these alternatives on your final project.
Got your bleaching product of choice handy, and you’re ready to get crafty? On to the bleach stencil tutorial!
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[Image Credit: Photo via Radical Cross Stitch]