One thing about strolling through conservation parks in urban areas is that you notice how many households did not get the memo on how toxic fabric softener is. The area I go for walks in is bordered by residential buildings, but you wouldn’t know it if it weren’t for the occasional big surprise whiffs of artificial fragrance right into your respiratory system.
If you use commercial fabric softeners, you might as well be choosing to put small doses of poison on your body everyday. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets make use of phthalates, just as any artificial fragranced product does, which are chemicals associated with developmental and reproductive defects and potentially carcinogenic.
Lab tests done on animals demonstrate how phthalates can cause early onset of puberty, lower testosterone and sperm count, and reproductive and genital defects. Avoid artificial fragrance like the plague.
If that’s not reason enough, they have to use these chemical fragrances to mask the scent of the other chemicals that are used to give the product its anti-static and anti-wrinkle qualities. That’s a lot of synthetic toxins beings absorbed into the skin and lungs.
Environmental pollutants mostly derive from indoor products, and fabric softener and dryer sheets are one of the biggest offenders. People who use them are negatively affecting their own health as well as compromising the immunity and proper development of their children. The concern is much worse for children and babies – so sad that the grand majority of people lack common sense intuition that commercial household products are toxic, and due to this ignorance they are creating future adults burdened with disease.
There’s a reason why a condition called ‘Multiple Chemical Sensitivities’ has developed among modern societies since the 1950’s. The human body becomes overloaded with chemical concoctions, that in earlier times we weren’t exposed to, and when it tries to eliminate this overload the result can be headaches, itchiness, loss of concentration, irritability, nausea, insomnia and depression to name a few. And those are just the minor conditions compared to the potential gender-bending and cancerous effects that are associated with long term use of high amounts of synthetic chemicals.
Furthermore, it’s really sad that these substances are being emitted and washed right into the environment. How terrible this is for the wildlife and the poor animals! It is said that every time you use liquid fabric softener, you might as well pour it directly into the ocean.
When the wildlife is diseased, we too become diseased. I think a lot of people don’t make that connection. The environment produces the food that we we eat, the air that we breathe, and so our lives are dependent on the health of the eco-systems.
So what are the other options?
Personally, I have been using Nellie’s dryer balls that come with essential oil lavender sticks that you put inside for some natural fragrance. They work fine for me!
I’ve also heard that wool dryer balls work great. Check out your local health store to see if they carry some, or search online.