I don't know about you, but I like my laundry to smell fresh and clean. It lets me know that my laundry is, well, clean. Like many of us, we use scented laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets to get 'that clean smell'.
Well, here's the sad part . . . 'that clean smell' can be one of the most toxic things you are bringing into your home.
Unlike food, there are no laws in place which require manufacturers of these products to list all the chemicals used. *red flag*
You'll see something along the lines of, 'biodegradable catatonics softeners". Basically the stuff that makes our laundry static-free and fluffy. A.k.a toxic chemicals.
"When people use dryer sheets, they are coating their cloths with a thin film of artificial chemical perfumes. Just like other perfumes, a person’s sensitivity to these perfumes decreases over time to the point where they don’t even notice how potent these artificial fragrance chemicals are. None of this would be interesting if it weren't for the fact that these fragrance chemicals are extremely toxic. They are known carcinogens. They cause liver damage and cancer in mammals.” Mike Adams
Read more from Mike Adams' article here.
Here are the most common chemicals found in dryer sheets: (and this is just dryer sheets! Detergent and fabric softeners are just as bad!)
- causes central nervous system disorders. Can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.
- causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
- on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
- on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
- on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).
- causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.
- causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapors causes central nervous system depression.
You can read so much more about it here, so I won't go into any more details. Seriously. Read this.
- fiber (I used a total of 3 oz of merino wool. The brand is Lunabudknits; I found mine at Kanawha City Yarn Company.)
- pantyhose or a sock (I used an old pair of tights from my dancing days!)
- scrap yarn
YOU CAN ALSO used yarn wound into balls, just make sure it is 100% wool. If it is a blend, i.e. wool/acrylic, it will NOT felt. Excellent tutorial for felted yarn balls here.
2.) Tightly wind into balls.
3.) Using scrap yarn, fasten off each ball into a pair of hose/tights/socks.
4.) Throw into your next load of laundry. Wash and dry.
To use, sprinkle a few drops of essential oil on each ball and throw it in with your next load.
If you prefer to just purchase your own, this brand is the best that I've found.
Quick impressions: Fluffy and dry! Check. I can definitely smell the essential oils on my clothes much more than when I just use essential oils in my detergent. The scent does linger longer. However, the static still remains. I recently washed a blanket and noticed how that static was not quite eliminated.Hmm.
Have you ever used dryer balls before? What did you think of them?