Of all toxic household cleaning products in any home, the chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners are considered to be among the most toxic.
Most commercial dryer sheets are loaded with all sorts of toxic chemicals including Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Chloroform, and Linalool; none of which are good for your health. In addition to all the chemicals that end up on your skin, when heated, the fumes are also toxic. These toxins go straight to their brain’s most sensitive neurological centers and wreck havoc.
WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER USE THESE POPULAR DRYER SHEETS
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.
1. Alpha-Terpineol, Pentane & Linalool: cause central nervous system damage, reduced spontaneous motor activity, and respiratory issues. It’s extremely dangerous if inhaled.
2. Benzyl acetate–Benzyl acetate has been linked to cancer of the pancreas
3. Benzyl alcohol–This upper respiratory tract irritant can cause central nervous system (CNS) disorders, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and dramatic drops in blood pressure.
4. 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.
5. Ethanol– Another fabric softener ingredient which is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and linked to CNS disorders.
6. Ethyl Acetate–causes headaches and is on the EPA Hazardous Waste list
7. “fragrance” on a label can mean up to hundreds of synthetic chemicals, the body is provided a cocktail of poison 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Would you want to look and feel young regardless of your age? And it will cost you pennies per day!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DRYER SHEETS USING ESSENTIAL OILS
1. Fill a plastic container with white vinegar and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I use lavender)
2. Cut an old sheet or t-shirt in squares and put them in the jar with the vinegar. Shake well to keep your sheets completely saturated.
3. To use, just grab a square and place it in the dryer with your clothes.
4. Return the squares to the container of vinegar after each use. Add more vinegar and essential oils as needed to keep the jar topped off.