One problem with using a communal washer and dryer is that other people’s toxic detergent has a major effect on my skin. Namely my back. I get patches of little zits that appear in clusters on my shoulders and across the middle of my back. They kinda itch, but mostly they stain my shirts, defeating the purpose of even doing laundry in the first place. If inclined, I can run my fingers over them and, by angling my nails just right, pop a whole section like miniature bubble wrap as the zits spray bursts of yellowy pus. If you see my blasted pus on the mirror in the laundry room, with “Stop using Tide with bleach” written through it, you may be my neighbor, and it’s time to change your detergent. —Anonymous
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