We’ve all seen those Pins that boast the many uses of dryer sheets, but theres more to fabric softener than meets the eye.
Mistake: Fabric Softener
While we were busy making everything we have smell so fresh and so clean-clean we were actually covering them in some pretty sketchy chemicals. Chemicals that mess with your air quality and harm your family from the inside out.
(If you haven’t gotten your toxin-free wellness kit yet, click here: Young Living Starter Kit)
The ewg.org website rates dryer sheets and other household items with an “A-F” rating.
Take a look to see how the dryer sheets in your home measure up.
You can also read here about what exactly makes dryer sheets such a problem when it comes to the air quality in your home.
I think I was most let down by Babyganics.
I mean, I knew the smell in the fabric softener I had used in the past was not a natural smell, and it had to come from something synthetic to be that strong, but, et tu, Babyganics?
You mixed the word “Baby” with “organics,” and you got me.
But not anymore.
DIY Fabric Softener
If you’ve got two or three minutes and are looking for a quick, easy recipe that works and is toxin-free, you’re going to love this!
We have been using this in place of fabric softeners after trying some fairly horrible recipes.
Our clothes have smelled like vinegar, been so electrically charged we have shocked each other in passing, and grumbled through folding as we endured multiple zaps.
Finally we agreed on this.
I use this softener with these wool dryer balls to help combat static. We love it! Even in the winter, when static is tough to fight, we have found success!
Baking Soda– we get the big, 5 lb. bag since we use baking soda in so many recipes.
3-5 drops essential oil
Fill your container 3/4 of the way full with epsom salts and 1/4 of the way with baking soda.
Stir to incorporate and break up any clumps.
Use 1/2 cup with large loads and 1/4 cup for small loads. Pour right into your washer with the detergent! 🙂
When it’s time to switch over to the dryer: add essential oils (we like Citrus Fresh or Purification for our laundry) to dryer balls like these .
How to Get the Oils that Save Your Extra Stinky Laundry
Citrus Fresh is a part of something called the Premium Starter Kit that gives you a big discount on every product you buy with Young Living.
Something I really love about non-toxic laundry detergent and fabric softeners is that our boys like to help with the wash.
I love that their tiny hands can hold on to a measuring cup full of something that isn’t harming them if they spill a little here and there.
It’s a great feeling to have soft, fresh laundry that you know is not only safe but effective, too!
You don’t have to sacrifice your health or your wallet for products that work.