Since switching over all of my hair care and skin care products to all natural, I have been on the hunt for even more chemical free options for our home. I wanted to tackle our laundry room next since that is one more thing always touching our skin. To find a better solution to our dryer sheets and reduce our chemical exposure. Here is what I found…
Dryer sheets can be just as toxic as your shampoo or cleaning products. Some dryer sheets have been known to contain Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, and even Chloroform. When the perfumes from the dryer sheets rub off or come into contact with your skin, they have been linked to liver damage and certain cancers.
“Synthetic fragrances are known carcinogens. They cause liver damage and cancer in mammals.” – Mike Adams, Natural News
According to the author of The Brain Wash, there are seven potentially toxic common chemicals found in dryer sheets that contribute to central nervous system disorders and depression and may cause headaches, dizziness, and vomiting.
Why you should STOP using Dryer Sheets
- Contains toxic chemicals
- Not eco-friendly
- Leave residue inside your dryer
- Reduces air circulation
- Decreases efficiency over time
- Makes clothing more flammable
- Can create greasy-looking stains on clothes
- More expensive than dryer balls
- Does not reduce drying time
- Some residue on sheets can reduce the absorbency of towels
BEFORE I started using dryer balls, I was using Bounce dryer sheets that were fragrance free. I try to find products that are free of perfumes until I can find a better solution. I started by picking up some plastic dryer balls at the grocery store on the laundry isle. I thought, what the heck, let’s try them. We have been using them for about a month and they really work! The only thing that was unsettling was, they were plastic. When plastic is heated up it can release a toxic chemical called, PVC, or polyvinyl chloride. For fun you can Google, “Dangers of PVC in Plastic.”
I finally decided to try wool dryer balls. I got them from Amazon and used them in place of the plastic dryer balls. I used a 2-3 drops of lavender essential oils on the wool dryer balls. To my surprise, my laundry came out even softer and fresher than if I were to use a regular dryer sheet. I have to say the benefits of using a wool dryer ball out weighs the cost and health benefits of using the traditional dryer sheet.
BENEFITS TO WOOL DRYER BALLS
- Clothes dry quicker
- Average drying time is 40% faster (Saves you money)
- Made of all-natural and sustainable materials
- Helps reduce static cling
- Safe for all types of materials
- Reusable (Replace after 1 year)
- More cost-effective than dryer sheets
- Keeps clothes from sticking together
- Aids in softening clothes and linens
There is no right or wrong way to do things. I just try to limit the amount of chemicals in our home to be as healthy as possible. It can’t hurt to try and be better. Plus, my laundry smells amazing and feels cleaner. Do what works best for you.