What is this Obsession with Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets?
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:
- Benzyl acetate
- Benzyl alcohol
- Dimethyl sulfate
- Synthetic Fragrances containing benzene derivatives
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Quaternary ammonium compounds (aka n-alkyl dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride)
Read the article by Shilo Urban (is that a real name?) at Organic Authority