A few months ago I started using wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets. I discovered them as I began searching for toxin free fabric softener alternatives. The first I’d heard about the toxins in laundry soap and dryer sheets was from my Chiropractor, Dr Tim Harrigan from Synergy Wellness here in Tucson. Like any woman of intelligence, I didn’t listen. At first.
Fabric softener Alternatives for a Toxin Free Home
Soon I started looking deeper once I found how toxic and totally unhealthy the dryer sheets I was using were. Not only to myself but also to my pets. Our pets are as sensitive to toxins as we are. Then I discovered the benefit of essential oils as a natural and healthy way of eliminating toxins from my laundry routine.
According to Dr. Mercola:
“Fabric softeners may top the list as one of the worst offenders, and may be one of the products environmentalists had in mind when the term “indoor pollutants” was coined. Alarmingly, many of these toxins are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).1
Fabric softeners were designed to free your clothes of both wrinkles and static cling, and give them a fresh fragrance. But what amalgamation of ingredients have the teams of scientists concocted in laboratories to bring you these indulgences? And how toxic are they?
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), fabric softeners contain chemicals and fragrances that can cause skin and respiratory irritations.2 The fragrances alone can come from hundreds of different compounds,3 many of them potentially toxic.”
The very things that were meant to make life and laundering easy, have in fact contributed to a toxic environment in our homes. Which is why you should be using fabric softener alternatives.
Fabric Softener Alternatives recipes:
Now that you see how important it is to rid your laundry room of potential poisons, here are a few options to help you do that.
(1) Wool dryer balls. I get mine from Amazon and add Essential oils to them. I like to use Purification and Lemon. If it’s sniffling sneezing runny nose season, I use Thieves and Lemon or Thieves and Purification. (The Oils I reference are Young Living Essential Oils. Because of their Seed to Seal promise, I can and do trust the product.)
(2) An alternative to dryer balls if you prefer a liquid softener:
Here’s a liquid fabric softener recipe from Everyday Roots using items you may already have in your cupboard. Before washing (there’s no need to wait for the rinse cycle), toss one-half cup of this solution into the water for a much healthier alternative to chemical-laced commercial varieties.
- 2 cups of epsom salts or coarse sea salt
- 20 to 30 drops essential oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Using a large bowl or pan, mix the essential oils with the Epsom salts first, then stir in the baking soda.
- Pour the mixture into a container with a tight-fitting lid.
**this recipe was found here by Dr Mercola.**
(3) DIY fabric softener.