The majority of health-conscious individuals tend to overlook the toxins in laundry products.
The manufacturers cleverly avoid mentioning the accurate ingredient list used. They simply mention vague terms like ‘brighteners’ instead of listing down the names of the actual chemicals used.
According to research, residues of such chemicals usually remain on clothing once they have been washed. This is especially true in the case of scented products.
The chemical fragrances are known to increase the risk of asthma and other health issues.
Dryer Sheets and Its Dangers
Dryer sheets are created from polyester sheets which have been treated with fabric softeners and fragrant chemicals.
These chemicals coat the sheets with a layer which results in making your clothes feel softer and smell pleasant.
The top 7 chemicals that are commonly found in dryer sheets can have an impact on your central nervous system.
These chemicals include:
- Alpha-Terpineol – resulting in disorders of the central nervous system and might also cause a headache, depression, and muscular coordination loss.
- Benzyl Alcohol – result in depression, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, headaches, and, in even death in severe cases.
- Camphor – can lead to convulsions, twitching, nausea, confusion, and dizziness. It is also included in EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
- Chloroform – is carcinogenic and neurotoxic. It is also included in EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
- Ethyl Acetate – might lead to narcosis (stupor), headaches, and is also included in EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
- Linalool – is Narcotic and might cause depression, decrease in spontaneous motor activity, muscular coordination loss.
- Pentane – lead to consciousness loss, drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and headaches.
What You Can Do
When I learned about the toxins in dryer sheets I just quit using them.
My oldest had severe eczema and I eliminated everything I knew to be a skin irritant.
I was so busy with her that the switch was easy.
I do, remember missing the smell of Downy but the trade off was worth it after I learned about what they contained.
Recently I experimented with the following DIY dryer sheets but honestly, I like dryer balls better. Throw them in the dryer and forget about them.
DIY Dryer Sheets
These sheets will be toxin free, reusable and leave your clothes feeling fresh and clean. The downside, you will have to do a little prep. I found the recipe on Pop Sugar.
Vinegar – ½ cup
Your favorite essential oil – 8 drops
- Cut the cotton cloths (old linens or tee shirts) into small sections.
- In a bowl, add essential oil and vinegar. Mix well (essential oil will result in natural and gentle scent while vinegar is a natural softener).
- Pour this mixture on the cotton clothes. Ensure they are properly dampened but not completely soaked.
- Place them in sealed container.
- When you want to use them, take one sheet from the container, squeeze out excess liquid, and place in the dryer.
- Once the clothes are dried, remove the sheet, and place it in the container to use later.
I found these really affordable dryer balls on Amazon.
I bought a pack of 6. I kept 3 and gave 3 to a friend. These can be used over 1,000 times, they reduce static, and help your clothes dry quicker. Add few drops of your favorite essential oil if you like scented laundry.
What about you?
If you’ve ditched dryer sheets, what do you use?