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 "e;forgot to ad the fabric softener"e; was actually
doing herself and her family a favor.
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 thatthe 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,
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 system disorders
A-Terpineol:Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal
edema, and central nervous system damage
Ethyl Acetate:A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
Camphor:Causes central nervous system disorders
Chloroform:Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
Linalool:A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
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 "e;Soft"e; 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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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 economical too:
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 soften fabric
Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and
Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener
that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals
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. Our past articles onPEG
Compounds in CosmeticsandPhenols
in Common Household Cleansersare two of the all-time most popular
articles on SixWise.com and will make you more aware of the pervasiveness
of harmful chemicals that can be eliminated from your home.
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