For the best health possible, it is important to eliminate as much toxic exposure as you can. A great way to do this is to replace the chemical laden products in your home with natural, alternative solutions. One of the household items you can easily replace are dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are filled with chemicals and can cause skin irrtation, endocrine distruption and toxic exposure. Researchers at the University of Washington, led by Dr. Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, expounded research to discover the chemical composition of laundry products. They conducted a study that examined laundry detergents, dryer sheets, soaps, and many other household products from a wide variety of companies.
The risks of dryer sheet use may not outweigh the benefits for your family. The previously mentioned study revealed that every single product which was tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous and eleven of the tested products emitted at least one probable carcinogen according to EPA classification standards.
To help elminate one source of chemical exposure, ditch the dryer sheets!
Dryer sheets can be easily switched with wool dryer balls!
What are wool dryer balls?
Wool dryer balls are exactly what they sound like, balls of 100% wool that are felted and rolled into a circle to make them extremely durable.
Why should I switch to wool dryer balls?
Dryer balls are a great natural alternative to traditional dryer sheets for the following reasons:
- Save Money! Wool dryer balls are more cost effective than spending money on dryer sheets. You can use dryer balls for years instead of using disposable dryer sheets that you cannot re-use.
- Go Green! Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly and because they are a natural compound are biodegradable. You will eliminate the trash you would have accumulated by using disposable dryer sheets.
- Eliminate Toxins! You can make your laundry loads smell clean and fresh by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil right onto the wool dryer balls. You can get great smelling clothes, sheets and towels without exposing yourself to harsh toxins.
How do I use wool dryer balls?
Wool dryer balls are as simple to use as purchasing a 100% pure wool product and popping it into your dryer! You can use 2-6 balls depending on the size of your load. Wool dryer balls are a wonderful natural alternative to keeping your laundry fresh without exposing yourself and your family to chemicals. You can also add drops of your favorite essential oils to provide your laundry with a fresh scent!
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