Suffocating in Softener?

We’ve all seen those Pins that boast the many uses of dryer sheets.

Our baseboards are clean, our hair never has flyaways, and our dogs never smell like rain.

Unfortunately, there is one major piece of information missing.

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.

The ewg.org website rates dryer sheets and other household items with an “A-F” rating.

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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.

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I think I was most let down by Babyganics.

I mean, I knew the smell in the 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.

This is typically the point where I launch into options for your family to buy at the store if you’re not exactly the DIY-kind-of person.

I want so badly to give you tons of great options again, but unfortunately there is only one that ranked high enough to use with your family, and even it came in at a “B”:

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I have not personally used these sheets because I make my own with two much cheaper ingredients, but it’s here as an option if you’re up for trying it:

Grab Green Natural Wet Dryer Cloths, Fragrance Free, 32 Sheets

Though there’s only one option to buy, I do have some good news!

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 fabric softener for about a year now 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 settled 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!

Easy DIY Fabric Softener adapted from onemomandablog.com

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You’ll need:

A glass container

Baking Soda– we get the big, 5 lb. bag since we use baking soda in so many recipes

Epsom Salt

10-20 drops essential oil (if you’re using a glass container)

Fill your container 3/4 of the way full with epsom salts and 1/4 of the way with baking soda. Add essential oils (we like Purification for our laundry)

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Break up clumps like this with your hands. It’s much easier.

Stir to incorporate and break up any clumps.

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Because this is non-toxic, feel free to include little hands in the process. 🙂

Use 1/2 cup with large loads and 1/4 cup for small loads. Pour right into your washer with the detergent! 🙂

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Something I really love about non-toxic laundry detergent (stay tuned) and fabric softener is that our boys like to help with the wash. I love that I can let their tiny hands 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.

Enjoy!

~Andrea 🙂

 

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8 thoughts on “Suffocating in Softener?

    1. Right!? I was once so concerned that going non-toxic meant buying up the store, but just like you said, I have most of these things at home. If I do have to buy something, I’ll be using it in another recipe soon anyway! 🙂

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  1. This is such a great way to add some scent to your natural detergent! I love having a jar of epsom salt to put my old essential oil bottles in so it soaks up what’s left in the bottle. Then I use that salt for baths or for this fabric softener recipe!

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