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9 Toxic reasons NOT to use Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets

It’s simple, fabric softener and dryer sheets are toxic.  They are a health hazard and  wreak havoc on the environment. If you have experienced breathing problems, headaches, memory loss, skin rashes, dizziness or other conditions, it may be linked to your laundry products.

Fabric softener was designed for synthetic fabrics and contain many synthetic ingredients.   Synthetic fabrics can often have a strong odor from the chemicals used to manufacture them.  The strong fragrances in fabric softeners are used to cover up both the chemicals in the clothing and in the fabric softener.  

Fabric softners may contain the following ingredients which may be harmful: 

  1. A-Terpineol (respiratory problems,  and central nervous system damage)
  2. Benzyl acetate ( Linked to pancreatic cancer)
  3. Benzyl alcohol ( Upper respiratory tract irritant)
  4. Camphor (causes central nervous system disorders)
  5. Ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders)
  6. Ethyl Acetate (A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list)
  7. Limonene (known carcinogen)
  8. Linalool (a narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders)
  9. Pentane (a chemical known to be harmful if inhaled)

Since these chemicals permeate the clothing, they gradually enter the body through the skin. 

Using fabric softener and dryer sheets repeatedly seals these chemicals into the fabrics.  (It may take 12-15 washes to really “clean” your clothes.Dryer sheets are particularly dangerous because when heated in the dryer, the chemicals are released through dryer vents and out into the environment.

The Solution?  GO GREEN

Use laundry products with all natural ingredients. 

Our lavender laundry concentrate is all natural and has NO toxins. It’s eco-friendly, and does a great job on cleaning clothes.  A little goes a long way – 2 tablespoons per load (or even less, if you have a high efficiency washer).    

Consider using white vinegar in your rinse cycle for fresh and clean smelling clothes, towels and linens. The vinegar will make clothes soft and fluffy too.   As a special treat, throw a lavender laundry sachet in the dryer with your sheets and towels.  Use it 5-8 times and then tuck it in with your undies or dishtowels.

Irish Twins Soap Co. Lavender Laundry Concentrate - 1 lb. & 4 lb. pkgs.

Irish Twins Soap Company Lavender Laundry Sachet

Another product to try er balls are fabric balls that fluff up clothing as it drys and takes up to 25% less time to dry a load.

Look for these and other eco-friendly products at http:www.irishtwinssoaps.com

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