7 Toxic Reasons To Ditch Dryer Sheets for Dryer Balls

7 Toxic Reasons To Ditch Dryer Sheets

Wash, Wear, Repeat. Right?

In fact it was very relevant in my morning on Tuesday because the washer wasn't spinning out water, and we had to clean out the dryer spin filter. Now I use clean laundry soap, and essential oils, and yet it still was so stinky it was GROSS!! What do you think it would be like if it was full of chemicals. And then of course you have to throw it all in the dryer, and most of us use dryer sheets. They are full of so many bad things, I stopped using them originally because of my corn allergy before I knew how bad they were. Let's bake in the toxic chemicals and then put them on, sleep in them, and let all of those horrid toxic chemicals just get absorbed into our skin. Research show that all of this highly contributes to dysfunction and disease of our nervous system.GREAT! More to worry about. And they aren't even required to tell you what chemicals are being used. 

In one study, scientists found that some commercial fabric softeners emit mixtures of chemicals that can cause sensory irritation (SI), pulmonary irritation (PI), and reduce midexpiratory airflow velocity in normal mice. These scientists believe that these results provide a toxicological basis to explain some of the issues and reactions humans have to fabric softener emissions. Read more about the study here.

The author of the book, The Brain Wash, says these are the seven most common chemicals found in dryer sheets and their effect on the central nervous system:

1. Alpha-Terpineol causes central nervous system disorders. Can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.
2. Benzyl Alcohol causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
3. Camphor on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
4. Chloroform on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
5. Ethyl Acetate on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).
6. Linalool causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.
7. Pentane causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapours causes central nervous system depression.
And what's interesting is that originally you may feel sensitive to something like this, like kids getting a rash, but your body gets used to the toxins. Did you know that? And then you don't even mind that you are being pushed into toxic overload. More reason for a cleanse, but that we can talk about later. 

But you can make your own sustainable, non-toxic dryer balls, and that is something I love! 

What You Need: 
100% Wool Yarn Or Other 100% Animal Yarn
Pantyhose (Upcycling Idea: Reuse pantyhose with runs in them)

1. Take the end of the yarn and wrap it around your middle and index finger 10 times. Remove it from the fingers and then wrap 2-3 times around the middle (it should look like a bow). This will be the start of your ball.

2. Keep tightly wrapping the yarn around the start, working toward making a round shape. Once your ball is roughly the size of a tennis ball, cut the yarn and tuck the ends into the sides of the ball. Repeat this process until you have created four or more balls of yarn.

3. Cut one leg off of the pantyhose. Place one ball into the bottom of the leg and tie a knot right above the ball with the pantyhose to secure it in place. Repeat until all the balls have been added and secured.

4. Once the balls are tightly secured in the pantyhose, put them in the washer (can be with a load of your dirty laundry) and wash on the hottest setting. This will allow the yarn to felt. Felting will make the yarn fuse together, resulting in a solid ball. Once it has been washed, dry it thoroughly in the dryer at the highest heat setting.
5. After the balls are completely dry, remove them from the pantyhose and they’re ready for use! Before drying your next load of laundry, add your favorite essential oil to 4-6 dryer balls, toss them in the dryer, and enjoy the soft, fluffy, wonderful-smelling fruits of your labor. Dottera Blog Editor’s tip: 2-3 drops of essential oil per ball should last a few loads. Add more drops if you would like a stronger scent. Wool dryer balls can also be purchased online–etsy, etc.) Original idea came from the



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