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 ditch Dryer Sheets
When people use dryer sheets, they are coating their clothes with artificial chemical perfumes. These fragrance chemicals are extremely toxic. They are known carcinogens that cause liver damage and cancer in mammals.
In a recent study performed by UW professor Dr. Anne Steinemann, a research team conducted a small study to understand the effects of fragrances in laundry products (both detergent and dryer sheets). The results discovered more than 25 VOCs emitted from dryer vents, with highest concentrations of acetaldehyde, acetone, and ethanol (two of which are considered carcinogenic). To put it into context, one of the carcinogenic VOCs, acetaldehyde, had emissions that would represent 3% of total acetaldehyde emissions from automobiles in the study area. This is a major omission of toxic chemicals.
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.
- Alpha-Terpineol–This chemical has been linked to disorders of the brain and nervous system, loss of muscle control, depression, and headaches.
- Benzyl acetate–Benzyl acetate has been linked to cancer of the pancreas.
- Benzyl alcohol–This upper respiratory tract irritant can cause central nervous system (CNS) disorders, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and dramatic drops in blood pressure.
- 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.
- Ethanol– Another fabric softener ingredient which is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and linked to CNS disorders.
- Ethyl Acetate–causes headaches and is on the EPA Hazardous Waste list.
- Linalool–in studies, this chemical caused loss of muscle coordination, nervous system and brain disorders, and depression.
- Pentane–causes headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and depression.
What’s the alternative to toxic dryer sheets? Wool balls. They are 100% natural and are effective at getting rid of static cling and wrinkles, soften clothes.
*Article originally appeared at Real Farmacy
The dirty truth about dryer sheets
So, now that you are little more informed on the dangerous chemicals lurking inside your conventional dryer sheets, lets talk about the seven reasons why you should ditch them. Unless you live in a nudist colony, wearing and washing clothes is a part of life. Of course, some of us may hang our clothes to dry on a line, but we are guessing, most of us choose the modern-day dryer.
Dryer Sheets are full of toxic chemicals
If this is true, one of the most toxic things we do, on a regular basis, is use fabric softener or dryer sheets (we’ll pick on laundry detergent another day). Those perfume-laden (even fragrance-free) sheets and liquid are full of toxic chemicals.
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.
Chemicals found in dryer sheets infiltrate the clothes we wear and get absorbed into our body
Chemicals found in dryer sheets infiltrate the clothes we wear, which in turn get on our skin and absorbed into our body. And according to my mother’s neurologist and other experts in this arena, contribute to dysfunction and disease of the nervous system.
Headlines around the world are reporting two disturbing trends: the incidence of brain disease is growing at an alarming rate, and increasing levels of toxic chemicals are being found in human bodies.
There are no labeling laws in place
So here’s the deal. Don’t pick up a box of dryer sheets or fabric softener and expect to see a list of ingredients like you would a box of cereal. That is because there are no laws in place which require the manufacturers of these products to list all the chemicals used.
The brain is vulnerable to bioaccumulation
These so-called softeners that make our clothes fluffy and static-free are toxic chemicals which build up in our body’s (bioaccumulation) tissues, particularly in fat stores. Because of the high percentage of fat in the brain, it is particularly vulnerable.
Chemicals found in dryer sheets pollute the air
Studies have looked at what chemicals are “released” by laundry products, like dryer sheets, since manufacturers don’t have to disclose the ingredients used in them. One study found more than 25 air pollutants — including carcinogens, acetaldehyde, and benzene. Another, found the fumes to cause irritation of eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Synthetic fragrances found in dryer sheets are known carcinogens
When people use dryer sheets, they are coating their clothes with a thin film of synthetic fragrance. Just like perfume, a person’s sensitivity to synthetic fragrance decreases over time, to the point where they need to use more to smell it.
None of this would be interesting if it weren’t for the fact that these synthetic fragrances are extremely toxic.
“Synthetic fragrances are known carcinogens. They cause liver damage and cancer in mammals.” – Mike Adams, Natural News
Dryer sheets are totally unnecessary and easy to eliminate
Dryer sheets are totally unnecessary; they don’t make our clothes cleaner and are an easily prevented source of exposure to toxic chemicals.
Wool Dryer Balls are a simple-to-make, non-toxic, alternative for dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Throw 4 of these in the dryer, with a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and you will never go back to dryer sheets again.
Don’t worry. Ditching commercial dryer sheets loaded with chemicals doesn’t mean you still can’t have fresh-smelling, soft clothes. Luckily, there are many natural and easy substitutes for dryer sheets that will do the job just as well – without the toxic overload. As mentioned above, we love using our wool dryer balls and essential oils. You can read more on our favorite essential oils for laundry here. And while you’re there, be sure to check out our Thieves highlight for more information on our favorite plantbased laundry detergent! If you’d like more information in how to ditch & switch, opt in here.
Happy oiling, babe!