As more and more people turn to living a greener life one place that is often overlooked is the laundry room. A growing movement has begun to rid the use of dryer sheets and fabric softener. However, even organic wool dryer balls are not safe as wool itself may not be 100% organic and could contain harmful substances that could transfer to your clothing. Check the label before you purchase any dryer balls. Below is a list of 7 reasons why you should reconsider using dryer sheets.
One thing to watch out for in dryer sheets (even ones that claim they’re dye and allergen free) are harmful chemicals that can be absorbed into your skin and clothing. All dryer sheets contain benzyl acetate which has been linked to pancreatic cancer and is also found in fabric softener.
Other chemicals that are just as dangerous are also found in the creation of dryer sheets. While they might not seem like a threat you have to think about how they are used. Dryer sheets work by transferring dangerous chemicals to your clothing as it’s heated during the drying cycle in order to rid your clothing of static cling. It’s the heat that triggers the chemical release.
Puts Pets’ Health at Risk
Dryer sheets are toxic to dogs and cats too! Be sure not to let your beloved pet get one in his or her mouth. Ingesting the harsh chemicals can lead to illness and possibly death.
Emerging Health Problems
Roughly 12% of the USA’s population has reported developing health issues simply due to using dryer sheets. That’s a staggering statistic.
The biggest offender to these rising health concerns are acetaldehyde and benzene. These two chemicals are found in vehicle exhaust and are extremely unsafe to breathe into your body. There is no level that’s considered safe in regard to ingesting these two chemicals.
Symptoms from dryer sheet exposure includes but is not limited to: runny nose, asthma attacks, migraines, skin issues (such as rashes), and gastrointestinal distress.
Wear Out Your Clothes Faster
Dryer sheets contain chemicals that break down the fibers in your clothes. This means that every time you use a dryer sheet (or fabric softener) you’re literally wearing your clothes out more quickly than if you simply let your clothing air dry. In turn this means you have to spend more money out of pocket to replace them.
Unlike fragrances used in the past, many synthetic fragrances are causing health problems like diabetes, obesity, autism, ADD/ADHD, seizures, and even hormone disruption.
A Plethora of VOCs
There are over 25 different VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in dryer sheets. Acetone and ethanol are just two of the most awful. There are many more almost as bad as these two harmful substances.
Industry Not Reporting All Ingredients
It is true. Current laws allow industries to put some of their ingredients on labels but not all of them. Do you really want to use a product that doesn’t report a complete list of everything it incorporates onto its package? Of course not, which is why you need to consider using organic wool dryer balls and stop using your dryer sheets. You’ll begin to feel a difference as soon as they’re all gone.