The Toxic Danger of Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets
Many people will remember a famous TV ad where a woman races
to her washing machine, fabric softener in hand, only to arrive
just as the wash ends. This woman who "forgot to ad the
fabric softener" was actually doing herself and her family
Although they may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh,
fabric softener and dryer sheets are some of the most toxic
products around. And chances are that the
staggering 99.8 percent of Americans who use common commercial
detergents, fabric softeners, bleaches, and stain removers
would think twice if they knew they contained chemicals that
could cause cancer and brain damage.
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets with scents like
April Fresh and Summer Orchard add toxic chemicals to
your laundry and, consequently, your body.
Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric
softeners and dryer sheets:
Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous
Limonene: Known carcinogen
A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems,
including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous
Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous
Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
So how could products with pretty names like Soft Ocean Mist,
Summer Orchard and April Fresh be so dangerous?
The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong
smelling -- so strong that they require the use of these heavy
fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover
up the smells. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics, which are the
reason fabric softeners were created in the first place, do
not smell good either when heated in a dryer or heated by
our bodies ... hence the need for even more hefty fragrances.
In other words, remove all the added fragrance that endears
people to fabric softeners and -- like the cliché wolf
in sheep's clothing -- the real smells of the chemical-laced
fabric softener and the synthetic fabrics they were designed
around may prompt people to shoot their laundry machines and
be done with it.
Are "Soft" Clothes Worth It?
Fabric softeners are made to stay in your clothing for long
periods of time. As such, chemicals are slowly released either
into the air for you to inhale or onto your skin for you to
absorb. Dryer sheets are particularly noxious because they
are heated in the dryer and the chemicals are released through
dryer vents and out into the environment. Health effects from
being exposed to the chemicals in fabric softeners include:
- Central nervous system disorders
- Blood pressure reduction
- Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
- Pancreatic cancer
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-- plus they are incredibly economical,
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Each box highly effective for 500 loads of laundry!
(To do 500 loads with chemical based dryer sheets
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Soften Your Clothes Safely With These Tips
Even if you don't feel the effects of these chemicals today,
they can affect you gradually over time, and children, whose
systems are still developing, are particularly at risk. There's
really no reason to expose yourself to these risky chemicals
when natural alternatives exist. Not only are they safer for
you, your family and the environment, but they're much more
about Static Eliminator, a 100% safe, non-toxic dryer
sheet system that is more effective at softening clothes
and eliminating static cling but poses no risk to you
and your family! This is one of the most highly recommended
of all products we have reviewed, and you will find it
is also extremely economical, too!
Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to
Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften
fabric and eliminate cling
Check out your local health food store for a natural
fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead
It's likely that fabric softeners and dryer sheets aren't
the only toxic products in your home. Many household products
that consumers regard as safe are also full of toxic chemicals.
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