Stop Using Dryer Sheets: Home Detox

Unfortunately, dryer sheets are loaded with toxic chemicals. When dryer sheets are heated in the dryer the chemicals leave the sheet and migrate to your clothes (note the physical change in the sheet before and after use).

As our bodies warm up throughout the day, the chemicals move from our clothing to our skin, where it is absorbed. Think about the total time in the day that are not clothed or sleeping on sheets. 

Interestingly, most watch dog organizations agree that the highest concentration of toxic chemicals found in your home is probably in your commercially produced fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

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The following chemicals are often found in dryer sheets;

  • Alpha-Terpineol: known to cause nervous system disorders, headaches, loss of muscular coordination and central nervous system depression.
  • Benzyl Alcohol: causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
  • Camphor: on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
  • Chloroform: on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
  • Ethyl Acetate: on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).
  • 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.
  • Pentane: causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapors causes central nervous system depression.

Yikes. The chemicals listed don’t even include the synthetic fragrances used! And we haven’t even talked about all the skin irritations people experience from dryer sheets!

RECOMMENDATION; Use wool dryer balls instead. We have been using wool dryer balls for over 3 years and have been very happy with their performance. You can buy wool dryer balls online, in stores (Ditto’s in Valdosta, GA) or make your own.  Here is an easy recipe to make your own.  Be sure to use 100% wool yarn. Does anyone here have an experience with wool dryer balls?

Note: Although I did a lot of research for this Home Detox series, I am not an expert in this field and this is not intended to be a ‘scientific journal’. I encourage people to go out and conduct their own research on these topics.

Most of what I talk about here is ‘small’. Minor when examined by themselves, But that is not how we live our lives. We layer all of these things together and that is where all the true danger lies… One cigarette doesn’t kill you, does it?