Fabric Softeners Can Make Your Clean Laundry Dirty!

One of my many pet peeves is the use of fabric softeners in the washing machine and dryer. Commercial fabric softeners are toxic and come on, totally unnecessary!

What is this Obsession with Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets?

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Benzyl alcohol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my many pet peeves is the use of fabric softeners in the washing machine and dryer. Fabric softener comes in a couple different forms. One form is as a liquid added to the washing machine. The other way we expose ourselves to fabric softeners is by way of fabric softener sheets. Commercial fabric softeners are extremely toxic and come on, totally unnecessary!  And I personally think they smell irritatingly foul. I have to close my windows when the wind is blowing the fabric softener contaminated dryer exhaust up to the sixth floor.

Just to get you interested in reading a post at Organic Authority (link below) I’ll list a few of the hazardous and toxic-to-humans chemicals found in commercial fabric softeners. From Renee Loux’s book Easy Green Living:

  • A-terpineol
  • Benzyl acetate
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Chloroform
  • Dimethyl sulfate
  • Synthetic Fragrances containing benzene derivatives
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Limonene
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (aka n-alkyl dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride)

Read the article by Shilo Urban (is that a real name?) at Organic Authority

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Julia has been practicing green cleaning for several years as the owner of As You Like It Home Cleaning and organic gardening for almost 20 years running Julia Houriet Custom Gardening. She studied landscape design at Radcliffe Seminars in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her expertise is gleaned from education and years of experience.

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