According to studies, 1/3 of all laundry detergents contain at least 1 chemical flagged by the EPA as potentially causing cancer. On average, toxic laundry detergents emit 17 toxins that go unlisted on the label, and which can cause problems ranging from skin irritations to neurological damage. For these reasons, you might want to stay away from conventional laundry detergents, dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners altogether.
Since fabric softeners are designed to stay in your clothes for extended periods of time, those yucky chemicals gradually seep out, and can be inhaled or absorbed directly through your skin. Liquid fabric softeners are slightly preferable to dryer sheets, as the chemicals in dryer sheets get released into the air when they are heated up in the dryer and can pose a respiratory health risk to those both inside and outside the home. This isn't what I want!!
I had enough! And had to make a change. After a google search I found so many options! And when I finally made the switch to using all natural cleaners and wool dryer balls with essential oils, I was completely amazed at how fresh my laundry smelled and how well my clothes are maintained. It's so easy and also makes the house smell great!
Harmful Ingredients in Dryer Sheets and Liquid Fabric Softener:
SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR LAUNDRY
COLOR-SAFE “NON-BLEACH” STAIN REMOVER
Add 1/2 teaspoon Tea Tree Essential Oil to your laundry for towels and other fabrics prone to getting moldy... including workout clothes and sports gear.
Ditch the Dryer Sheets!
Depending on how many balls you use, you can reduce your drying time by anything from 20% to half. Dryer balls also gently pummel your fabric, softening clothes and linens. This is great for hard water.
Add 8-15 drops of essential oils to your balls to add a light scent and even cut down on static.
Wool dryer balks offer so many benefits:
- Dry on low (save energy)
- Dry in half the time (save energy)
- Forgo dryer sheets and fabric softeners (fewer chemicals and expenses)
- Avoid plastics and off-gassing
Essential Oils to use with Dryer Balls (8-15 drops)