There are a number of diseases that are caused by dangerous chemicals we ourselves bring into our house. These may come from obvious sources like pesticides, heavy metals, rat poison and other cleaning agents. They may also come from sources we normally consider safe like crayons, fabric softener, and dryer sheets.
Even Dryer Sheets?
Yes, that’s right! Dryer sheets contain toxins that may cause pancreatic, liver and other neurological problems after prolonged exposure. I know you will try looking at your dryer sheets package to check the ingredients but you will not find what you are looking for.
Say What Now?
The government does not require them to put a detailed list of ingredients on the package. That’s how you unknowingly bring these toxins to your house.
The fragrance of dry sheets makes it even more dangerous. We usually relate toxic chemicals to strong pungent smell, and because clothes treated with dryer sheets smell fresh for a long time we think it is harmless. I tell you, it is not.
healthylivinghowto.com listed 7 toxins that can be found in dryer sheets and their potential effects to our body. These chemicals are designed to stay for a long period of time in our clothes. These will eventually seep through our skin and inhaled in our lungs. I will write the chemicals below so that you are aware of what you are letting go inside your body.
1. Linalool causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.
2. Camphor on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
3. Benzyl Alcohol causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
4. Alpha-Terpineol can cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.
5. Pentane causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapours causes central nervous system depression.
6. Chloroform on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
7. Ethyl Acetate on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor). You can learn more about all of these on the EPA website.
In short, it is very harmful. Luckily, there is a safer, greener and more efficient alternative. It turns out that we don’t need these chemicals to achieve the softness we want for our clothes. I strongly suggest that you replace your dryer sheets with DRYER BALLS.
What Are Dryer Balls?
Not only are they able to keep clothes soft, they also helps your dryer work more efficiently by keeping the clothes from clumping together. This results to increased airflow inside the dryer. This increase in airflow dries the clothes faster. I cannot imagine a better deal than this. You save energy and you save your family from exposure to toxins.
But do Dryer balls really work?
You might ask yourself that question. Dryer balls help dry clothes more quickly. When you add dryer balls into your clothes dryer. The balls will separate and pull them apart with their weight. This allows hot air in and around your laundry helping the dryer to heat your laundry quickly and efficiently suck the evaporated water out of the dryer more.
How to use dryer balls? Needless to say, the dryer balls need room to work. Grab your dryer balls along with your laundry and just throw them into the dryer. Only dry loads that are small or medium sized. A common amount is 3 of the XL balls per load, and my favorite brand has been Vita Dryer Balls.
Keep an eye on your laundry for the first few loads. And watch your clothes on the dryer and the dryer balls will do the rest!