If you’re like me, you might have seen things here and there about all the “chemicals” we have in our home…and then skimmed right over them. Well, about a year or so ago, I started looking into it just a tiny bit more. Now I’m not super crunchy, nor do I have a very scientific (or mathematical) brain, so a lot of this kinda stuff goes right over my head. But I do know one thing, one of my Grandmother passed away due to Alzheimer’s, the other one had breast cancer, one of my Grandfathers had Diabetes, and the other one survived a brain tumor but lost suddenly to a heart issue. And if environmental toxins contribute to any of that, I would like to avoid as many as possible.
So about a year or so ago I started my slow journey to detox our home, and I started in the laundry room. My first step was to stop purchasing dryer sheets. Why did I start there? It was the easiest step with the biggest impact. Look at the junk that’s in those little things:
- Known carcinogens (<– that means they cause cancer) and skin & eye irritants: Benzyl Acetate, Chloroform, and Dichlorobenzene. (used to make paint thinners…yuck!)
- Can cause some serious damage to the respiratory and nervous system: Benzyl Alcohol, Camphor, Alpha-Terpineol, and Biodegradable Cationic Softeners
- Listed on the EPA’s “hazardous waste” list…umm, that doesn’t sound good! Ethanol (which is also highly flammable) and Ethyl Acetate
- General yuckiness like loss of muscular coordination, headaches, nausea, dizziness, loss of consciousness: Linalool and Pentane.
So, what do you do instead of dryer sheets? I purchased these dryer balls. They keep clothes fluffy and help them dry faster, saving energy. I add about a 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the wash which helps with static. And I add a few drops of my favorite essential oils to my dryer balls to give it that fresh scent that I love.
If you’d like to ditch your dryer sheets too, order three of your favorite Young Living Essential Oils with me and I’ll give you a great set of 4 dryer balls for FREE! My favorite three laundry combo are lemon, lavender and peppermint– which is also a great combo for seasonal issues.
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