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Re: The Queen of Laundry

Ms. Schaer's mother was using a bit of practical chemistry; the vinegar
(dilute acetic acid) rapidly and readily breaks down sodium hypochlorite (the
bleach), stoping the bleaching action, and the vinegar is readily washed out
in the rinse. This use of vinegar as an "anti-chlor" is in fact used when
bleaching paper with hypochlorites. But please note that in bleaching the
clothes as with paper, thorough rinsing is involved as well, and is critical.
And with paper, this "rinse" is followed by deacidification and buffering.

James Tapley Hand Bookbinder
2077 Thirteenth Street
Sarasota, Florida
34237   USA

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