It can be hard to take in new information against what you have been used to for so many years — in this case, the role of dryer sheets and fabric softeners in your laundry rituals. However, if you fail to recognize the bad things it has been causing, you will only perpetuate its harmful effects to your and your family's health.
Dryer sheets and fabric softeners are just two of the most toxic cleaning products you use at home. In fact, out of the 171 fabric softeners that have been studied, the Environmental Working Group gave 83.33% of these items a D or F rating.
How these products affect your health
You are probably wondering how these products can gradually affect your health, so here are three ways in which they may cause harm.
1. Chemical residue
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets consist of various chemicals as well as large amounts of fragrances. Of course, these fragrance chemicals are intended to stay on the fabric for many hours, and the residue they leave on your clothes and bed sheets may likely enter your body through your skin.
Some fabric softeners and dry sheets come with really strong scents. For some people, inhaling such fragrance could cause irritations or allergic reactions. Although not directly life-threatening, this can still affect a person's way of life. Sneezing, stuffy nose, and even headaches can occur, and these symptoms are very uncomfortable to deal with.
Even though you only use dry sheets and fabric softeners occasionally, there is still a fat chance that the chemicals in their boxes or bottles are off-gassing into your surroundings. One way of knowing whether your fabric softeners, dry sheets, or detergents are off-gassing is when you smell them in you laundry room even when they are not in use.
Non-toxic alternatives to dry sheets and fabric softeners
It can be hard to let go of the fabric softeners and dry sheets that you have been using for so long, and finding alternatives for them may be difficult. However, better options really do exist — for instance, wool dryer balls.
Wool dryer balls can do so much for your laundry, and it can save you from using dry sheets and fabric softeners laden with toxic chemicals. Here are five reasons why you should make the big switch to wool dryer balls.
- They soften your laundry naturally, without chemicals.
- It's safe for babies and those with sensitive skin.
- It shortens drying time. Use 3 balls for a small to medium load or 5-6 for a large bunch.
- You can add essential oils, such as lavender and lemon, for a natural fragrance and other extra benefits.
- It saves energy and money.
Try these wool dryer balls and enjoy chemical-free clothes and sheets for you and your family. It won't cost you much, so it's definitely worth a shot.