I used to love the smell of clothes fresh and warm out of the dryer. Just a sniff of the fabric softener my mom used would be enough to bring back a flood of memories. But when I was first beginning to learn about the toxins that loom in our homes and search for answers to our family history of environmental allergies, I was SHOCKED to learn that something Id always taken for granted was very, very unhealthy.
Detergent leaves residue on your clothes, leaving them rough and staticy. Fabric Softener works by coating the clothes with a chemical layer to make them feel smooth and soft. And obviously, unless unscented, they are FULL of artifical fragrance - an "ingredient" with zero regulations/definitions from the FDA.
*List of Ingredients in Fabric Softeners
READ THIS. Very scary.
According to wikipedia.org, 95% of the chemicals in Fabric Softener are petroleum-based and "Many are known to cause cancer, birth defects, and damage to lungs, brain, and nerves. These chemicals are even more dangerous when heated in clothes dryers. The toxic fumes then go into neighborhood air and everyone for blocks around is forced to breathe them in." Article Eek!!!!
That means that cancer-causing chemicals are sitting on your skin 24 HOURS A DAY! Remember in my last post I mentioned that its estimated that 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream? Add this up over a lifetime and its a scary thought, especially for our children.
Vinegar is a much healthier option. Simply fill a Downey Ball with vinegar and put it in with each load. Vinegar works in a similar way so that your clothes will not be staticy! They will not, however, be as soft. Nor will they smell like Downey. But I dont miss it at all. In fact when I smell my neighbors chemical-laden dryer exhaust it really bothers my allergies now. Ick!
This is a simple, easy and inexpensive way to make a healthy change for your family! It may take some getting used to but after awhile you wont miss it at all!