I stopped using bleach a while ago. The fumes are extremely dangerous if inhaled. Bleach is not only toxic to humans, but to the environment as well. I used to pour a little in my washer when I washed my whites and socks.
I have since switched over to vinegar. The mild acid brightens clothes and gives them a crisp, fresh smell. I pour about 1/2 - 3/4 cup into my washer along with my detergent. When the clothes are done, they don't have any of the vinegar odor on them. It's a natural way to get my clothes clean, bright and smelling fresh.