When I met my husband in Italy, I was starting to hang out at his mom's place when I noticed the number of bleach stained item there were.
Back then, I thought it was some weird use to exploit saving in the house by the use of bleach instead of other, more expensive, commercially available cleaning products.
Then we moved to Argentina I understood that bleach is a cultural thing - my Argentinian MIL still kept the habit to use bleach for a number of house chores, from cleaning the bathroom to sanitize sanitariums, remove mold, mop the floor etc.
While I agree that it is cheaper and perhaps more effective than mixed cleaning products, bleach has is terrible downside of staining. I can't imagine a good place for 99% bleach except maybe in hospitals where everybody wear white scrubs (or at least it did in the past).
After several years of living with my husband, he has stained bedding items, underwear, trousers, shirts, jumpers. Basically, nothing has escaped the damned bleach. I have a blue jumper with tiny reddish spots, a purple duvet cover with pink smears, red underwear that look like Rorschach tests and so on!
What can I do with bleach-stained bedclothes? Can they be died? Or do I risk coloring the rest of the laundry forever? Are professional tintorerías cheap and valid?
I have prayed my husband to stop with the damn bleach, but given it is the cheapest cleaning product - some brands are even enrolled in the Precios Cuidados fixed price scheme - and considering how proud Argentina is on having so many bleach brands to the point that La Nación is covering their brand name stories (Querubín - Marketing insólito: la marca que nació en un estudio de abogados y hoy desvela a las multis), I consider it a lost battle.
What the bleach?!