What is the one thing that most everyone has to do on a regular basis? Laundry… That never-ending chore that always seems to be screaming at you in the form of overflowing baskets and laundry sorters.
I don’t want to scare you, but if you use fabric softeners and dryer sheets you are contaminating your family with dangerous chemicals. These toxins have been researched to cause cancer and contribute to diseases of the nervous system.
The worst part is that these chemicals can infiltrate our bodies in two primary ways. First, when you breathe in the sweet smell of these toxins as your laundry load dries, dangerous VOC’s are sent straight into your blood stream via the lungs. Yes… really. Even the unscented versions are guilty as charged — Ugh!
Second, our skin is the largest organ in the body. It has a selectively permeable membrane. That’s a fancy way of saying that it absorbs things that are next to it. When we wear clothes “softened” by these dangerous chemicals our bodies absorb the toxins contained in the dryer sheet.
I know how you must be feeling. I really just wanted to stick my fingers in my ears and say “lalalalala” I can’t hear what you’re saying when I first learned about these dangers. Then I decided to make some changes.
Are you ready to make a lasting change that will make a difference in the health of your family and the environment? I assure you it’s a lot easier than you think.
This post was sponsored and contains affiliate & independent distributor links – Opinions are my own.
The Best Eco-Friendly Alternative to Dryer Sheets
Wool dryer balls are the best alternative to toxic dryer sheets on the market today. They work by lifting and separating clothes allowing air to circulate, and can reduce drying time by 10-25%.
They fluff and naturally soften the laundry using gentle friction and loft as opposed to nasty chemicals containing VOC’s. Now that’s something I can feel good about. Both for my family and the environment. 🙂
I received a 4 pack of dryer balls from an amazing eco-friendly company called Eco Nuts that I have been using for the past few months. They are made out of 100% fully felted wool so they won’t unravel, and they last for thousands of loads!!
It’s time to say goodbye to those nasty chemical-laden dryer sheets, and hello to Eco Nuts Wool Dryer Balls. I know what you must be thinking… “but I want my laundry to smell good.” Well… I’ve got that covered too.
I like to use a few drops of essential oils on my dryer balls to give my laundry a fresh scent. My two favorite essential oils to use are lavender for its calming properties, and purification to get rid of any lingering odors. You can find both in this starter kit by Young Living.
Now that wasn’t too crunchy was it? I think it’s even easier than dryer sheets because they last for thousands of loads! I just leave the dryer balls in the dryer, and my essential oils on the shelf above it. Easy peasy.
I’m sure you will find that ditching dryer sheets for wool dryer balls will be one of the easiest decisions you have ever made for the health of your family – and our planet. Thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world.
For tips on how to green up the wash load see Natural Laundry Tips by HEN Family. Happy laundering!
Other Articles Using Essential Oils:
- Getting Started with Essential Oils for a Healthy Home
- The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Making Natural Cleaning Products
- The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Making Natural Glass Cleaner
- The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Making Natural Wood Polish
- 7 Teething Tips to Naturally Sooth Your Baby
- DIY Scented Bath Salts
- DIY All Natural Chemical-Free Outdoor Spray
- Scented Cotton Ball Matching Game
- DIY Leave in Conditioner and Detangling Spray
For more ideas follow my Pinterest Board!
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