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