I ditched my dryer sheets a long time ago, because of all the harmful ingredients in them. I replaced them with 100% wool dryer balls. Which are non-toxic so every time you use them you're minimizing your exposure to toxic-ingredients that you would have been exposed to from dryer sheets, or fabric softener.
They're also reusable which helps you save money, I don't know about you but I'm a frugal mama and I love saving money! The average cost of dryer sheets is about $10.00 for 250 sheets which costs about .041 for each load. You can get a pack of 6 dryer balls on amazon for about $10.00 which averages out to be the same cost! Dryer balls also you save energy due to the fact that the drying time is less! WIN WIN!
One thing I love about these is that you can change the aroma that you want on your clothes. If you're not feeling Citrus Fresh this week you can switch it up to Lavender and there are so many different aromas to choose from, and combinations you can create!
Here are a few of the ingredients in dryer sheets, and fabric softeners that you want to avoid.
Fragrance: Causes developmental and reproductive toxicity, disrupts hormones, and is an allergen. There is no standard on the ingredients in fragrances, manufactures can add in over 3, 000 different ingredients and they don't have to be listed on the label due to "trade secret laws."
Fragrances are also a irritant to the skin, lungs and eyes. Ingredients in fragrances can include toxic ingredients that are a carcinogen such as p-dichlorobenzene, and styrene oxide. Other ingredients include trade names like galaxolide (synthetic musk) that disrupts the endocrine system and act as a allergen.
Phthalates like diethyl phthalate (DET) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) which can negatively impact the reproductive system. Fragrances can also include many other toxic ingredients that can be linked to cancer, birth defects, and disrupting the central nervous system.
Benzisothiazolinone: Used as a preservative, it is toxic to the immune system, is considered an irritant for the lungs, skin, and eyes.
Okay moving on! So now onto the good stuff!!! Here are some of my favorite recipes I like to add to my dryer balls. I use 4 dryer balls in each load of laundry, and I add my oils every 3 loads! Adjust this to your specific liking. Have fun and enjoy playing around with some different aromas, and adding them to freshen up your laundry.
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