Toxins in Your Home- Part 2- Dryer Sheets

Yesterday’s post shared how I was appalled to learn my Free and Clear detergent was not as “free and clear” as I thought.  Once you make the jump to making your own detergent, it is natural to start thinking about your drying regimen.  You can look up your dryer sheets at and see what grade they receive.

So what is wrong with dryer sheets, you ask?  Many studies and tests have been done and they have shown dryer sheets to contain up to 7 hazardous air pollutants and 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  Some of these things are thought to be carcinogenic and endocrine disruptors.  To make matters worse, companies that produce dryer sheets are not required to list their ingredients on the box.  That seems a little suspect to me!

It would just make sense, then, if you are changing your detergent to also look into an alternative for dryer sheets.  For a couple years now I have been using wool dryer balls.  Mine cost around $13 for 6 on Amazon and I have not yet had to replace them. (link below)  They are made of organic wool, thus making them non-toxic.  If you have a baby, cloth diaper, or suffer from various skin issues, then dryer balls are a great addition to your laundry routine.  Another benefit, besides being a safe alternative, is they actually reduce drying time by around 25% making them energy efficient.

One thing I missed after making the switch was the refreshing smell the dryer sheets left on my clothes.  (hint: toxic ingredients are causing those scents).  A way to get around that is to put a few drops of essential oils on your dryer balls.  That will give you loads of fresh smelling laundry!  (see what I did there?)

The only other thing that bothered me about the wool dryer balls was that my laundry seemed to have more static than normal.  One way to battle this is to get the dryer balls wet.  They will dry more slowly than the clothes therefore helping prevent the static cling. Another option is to place several safety pins in each dryer ball.

I hope you found this informative.  Amazon has tons of options for dryer balls.  You can even make your own if you so choose.  Let me know if you take the leap to making your own detergent and tossing those dryer sheets.  I would love to know what you think!  They are both easy things you can do to reduce the amount of toxins in your home.

Here are the wool dryer balls I use. They are fabulous!

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