Dryer sheets may seem like a harmless part of your laundry routine, but you may want to rethink this step once you know a few facts I'm about to share with you.
Dryer sheets are composed of an array of chemicals and fragrances coated on a layer of fabric, which is often made of polyester or cellulose fibers. When placed in a load of laundry, the dryer heat works to release these ingredients onto your fabrics. Dryer sheets work by reducing static, depositing scents and make laundry smell good and feel softer.
The fragrances and chemicals dryer sheets contain, most of which are toxic are linked to serious health concerns such as...
As if this research wasn't concerning enough, the Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn't require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients used in their products on the label. This is just another reason to ditch the dryer sheets.
Wool dryer balls are an all natural alternative to dryer sheets. They are designed to get in between items and remove lint as well as eliminating static. They are also more efficient by reducing the amount of drying time.
Trader Joe's wool dryer balls are what I use and recommend. They are all-natural-100% wool, chemical-free, unscented and made without dyes.
If you have never experimented with essential oils, I recommend starting out with a starter set like you see here, Plant Therapy Essential Oil Set. These are my favorite scents that I use very often for so many things, especially cleaning my house.
For this particular cleaning hack, I love the fresh lemon scent added to my clothes and linens. Lavender essential oil is also another one at the top of my list I like to use. I add a few drops of oil with this Plant Therapy dropper and let it absorb for about five minutes to allow the scent to permeate through the dryer ball.
Adding oils is optional, but why would you want to skip it? It makes everything smell so fresh and clean and its just so much fun to do. I love knowing this alternative cleaning hack is completely safe for my family and gets the job done just as well.
My favorite way to store these dryer balls is this glass container. In fact, I have several of these around my home that I store things such as soaps, cotton balls, cotton rounds, etc. These containers are just a beautiful way to keep things organized and ready to use whenever needed. Isn't it wonderful that the dryer balls are reusable? Yes, you can use them over and over! Think of all the money you can save if you make this one little switch...and most importantly, prevent a whole host of health concerns.
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