Avoid using conventional dryer sheets and fabric softeners

Traditional dryer sheets and fabric softeners contain many toxic compounds. These products are designed to impart chemicals onto clothing and formulated to to bond to fabric to make it softer and anti-static.

In 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a document revealing that significant carcinogens are present in fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

Inside these concoctions are dangerous chemicals such as Benzyl Acetate which has been linked to pancreatic carcinogenesis. Limonene, a known lung irritant, is commonly prominent. Many other toxic compounds are contained in these products like Chloroform, Dichlorobenzene, Benyl Alcohol, Camphor, Ethanol, Ethyl Acetate, Alpha Terpineol, Pentane, Linalool, Y-Methyl Ionone, A-Terpineol, Methylene Chloride.

The fragrance in these products are also toxic and may contain hundreds of chemicals. The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by fragrances are big offenders of polluted air.

When using these products the chemicals off-gas into the air and enter your body via inhalation when breathing and absorption through your skin.

There are alternatives to dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Natural dryer balls or reusable cloth dryer sheets are a healthier alternative.

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