☠️ Those Darn Dryer Sheets☠️

 I find it disconcerting that the products we use daily are what’s causing so many health problems. That’s the main reason I created Body Natural.

Over the past few years I have learned more and more about the items we use in our homes and on our bodies. It disturbs me that companies are allowed to use chemicals in their products and food that scientist have learned are harmful. By saying harmful I’m putting it mildly. So many products on the market cause sever health issues. 

Now a lot of people I’ve spoken to say it isn’t worth stressing over because we die anyway. To them I say, but how do you die? Anyone can have a freak accident and be gone, we don’t really worry excessively about that. We take precautions. Also, it’s mostly out of our control.  Suffering because of an illness is another matter. A matter we have some control over. I determine what I eat and what I put on my children’s skin, etc. I would hate to find out later in life that I or my children have become sick because of something I could have changed. So today we start with dryer sheets.

I’ve included below a link, that you should read. Don’t take my word for it. I’ve quoted what I think you should know about those sheets.

Acetaldehyde is a common ingredient used in fake fragrance blends. It’s “potentially carcinogenic to humans” and adversely impacts the kidneys, nervous and respiratory systems. (2) While it’s regulated in outdoor emissions, it’s a total free-for-all when it comes to home use. And that’s coming with some serious side effects.

In a 2016 study, Steinemann found 12.5 percent of people blamed scented laundry products spewing from dryer vents for health issues. These include ailments like respiratory issues, runny noses, asthma attacks, skin issues, migraines and even gastrointestinal symptoms. (3) Knowing this, doctors should be putting all of their patients in fragrance-free prescriptions!

The truth is, though, most people have no idea they’re introducing such nasty pollutants into their neighborhoods.

One of Steinemann’s fragrance studies found that acetaldehyde emissions from five leading scented detergent and dryer sheet brands “constitute about 6 percent of automobiles’ acetaldehyde emissions.” That’s a lot. (4) She also comments,

These products can affect not only personal health, but also public and environmental health. The chemicals can go into the air, down the drain and into water bodies. We focus a lot of attention on how to reduce emissions of pollutants from automobiles. And here’s one source of pollutants that could be reduced. (5)

Dryer Sheets are Toxic

I found an alternative, before I knew they were horrible. Of course, the article also includes some alternatives as well.

For dryer sheet you need:  glass jar, cloth (cut up a towel or an old t-shirt, or use baby wash clothes), 1/2 cup of vinegar, 8-10 drops of and essential oil ( your preference, a strong fragrant oil works better) I also use 1/4 cup of distilled water. I don’t really like the vinegar smell. That’s also why I use a strong essential oil. Gardenia is a good one. Or something citrusy like grapefruit. Cut the sheets into square as best you can and fold them and insert them into your jar. Mason jars work great. Then mix your ingredients in a different container. Doesn’t matter what order. Make sure you can stir or shake the ingredients so that they mix well. Then pour it into over your sheets in the jar.  Shake a little so that your sheets absorb all of the solution. I leave mine on top of the dryer. 

I collect the sheets once they’ve been used and set them aside for the next time I make a new solution. I wash the sheets after my third of fourth use.

The link is below as well as a link for fabric softener sheets. Enjoy. Check back for more natural recipes.

Dryer Sheets   http://viewfromthefridge.com/homemade-dryer-sheets/ 

Fabric softener sheets   https://brendid.com/natural-homemade-fabric-softener/

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Published by leticiaedghill

Like so many women I wear different hats. Sometimes all at once, sometimes one after another. I'm a mother, teacher, daughter, sister, friend and writer. That doesn't include my love to create things. I love working with my hands to crochet, draw, mix natural products and the list goes on. This blog is an extension of that love. Join me and see how I Live Love Create.

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