Friends don’t let friends use dryer sheets 😳
Got asthma? Migraines? Sinus issues? What if it’s just from your laundry soap and dryer sheets?!? 🙈
I used to LOVE dryer sheets, just like anyone else. I put them in my drawers, my suitcase when I went on trips or under the driver’s seat in my Jeep to keep it smelling nice and fresh. 🙈 Little did I know that those dryer sheets were at war with my health! 😬
Here are some facts to help you understand why ya wanna ditch your dryer sheets:
When people use dryer sheets, they are coating their clothes with artificial chemical perfumes. These fragrance chemicals are extremely toxic. They are known carcinogens that cause liver damage and cancer in mammals.
In a recent study performed by UW professor Dr. Anne Steinemann, a research team conducted a small study to understand the effects of fragrances in laundry products (both detergent and dryer sheets). The results discovered more than 25 VOCs emitted from dryer vents, with highest concentrations of acetaldehyde, acetone, and ethanol (two of which are considered carcinogenic). To put it into context, one of the carcinogenic VOCs, acetaldehyde, had emissions that would represent 3% of total acetaldehyde emissions from automobiles in the study area. This is a major omission of toxic chemicals.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry-generated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the 1990s, the following is a list of chemicals in fabric softener products, most in untested combinations.
1️⃣ Alpha-Terpineol–This chemical has been linked to disorders of the brain and nervous system, loss of muscle control, depression, and headaches
2️⃣ Benzyl acetate–Benzyl acetate has been linked to cancer of the pancreas
3️⃣ Benzyl alcohol–This upper respiratory tract irritant can cause central nervous system (CNS) disorders, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and dramatic drops in blood pressure.
4️⃣ Chloroform–Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic. Really toxic to your brain. Inhaling its vapors may cause loss of consciousness, nausea, headache, vomiting, and/or dizziness, drowsiness.
5️⃣ Ethanol– Another fabric softener ingredient which is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and linked to CNS disorders.
6️⃣ Ethyl Acetate–causes headaches and is on the EPA Hazardous Waste list
7️⃣ Linalool–in studies, this chemical caused loss of muscle coordination, nervous system and brain disorders, and depression
8️⃣ Pentane–causes headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and depression
What’s the alternative to toxic dryer sheets? Wool dryer balls! They are 100% natural and are effective at getting rid of static cling and wrinkles, soften clothes.
Folks, ridding our home of toxic chemicals has been a HUGE benefit to me, and soooo mucccch cheaper!!!! 🙌🏻 I rarely get headaches and I rarely get sick!! There are so many pieces to the puzzle, but this was a BIG one!
Please let me know if you try it- my passion is to help everyone live better, healthier lives which includes omitting toxins and using natural products!
Best in Wellness,