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How Do I Safely Wash My Bellydance Gear?

The first thing you need are some good quality bra bags. Don't use the kind with big holes in them that you can poke your finger through - make sure it's a tightly-woven mesh.

Next, you need a gentle laundry liquid. I use Earth's Choice which is plant-based, environmentally-friendly, and not tested on animals.

Put whatever Bellydance gear you want to wash into the bra bags, zip them up, set the washing machine to a cold, gentle wash (repeat: cold, gentle wash) and away you go!

You might find some sequins and coins will come off, but that's natural wear and tear and something that would happen whether or not you wash your gear. And, really, nobody likes a smelly Bellydancer, so it's better to wash your gear and lose a few sequins than end up with the stage name Stinky.

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SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!

Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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