The environment that surrounds us so laden with chemicals, toxins and garbage, and sadly this also includes our homes. I am therefore on a new quest to find ways to remove the chemicals and toxins from my home and start living a cleaner, greener life.
Back when I was single I used to be really good at using green products throughout my entire home. Once I got together with George and my stepsons, my life of one became a home of four. As much as I wanted to continue with being green all the time, I found that it was inconvenient (we started all our shopping at the Costco’s and Walmart’s of the world and they just don’t have green products – sadly). I also found that it was expensive to buy all of my ‘green’ items for my new family, so I unfortunately got out the the habit on a few items and using dryer sheets was one of those items.
I have mindlessly been using fabric softener in my wash and dryer sheets in the dryer. What I didn’t realize is how harmful this was. I also noticed recently that sometimes my clothes felt like they had a strange film on them – yuck!
What to know about dryer sheets:
1. THEY’RE COSTLY
Depending on what deals you find dryer sheets can cost you anywhere between $7 for a no-name brand and $10 for a big name brand (Canadian dollars), for 200 sheets. This may not seem like a lot, but the residue on dryer sheets can also decrease the life of your dryer too. Chemicals from the dryer sheets build up and clog the lint screen of your dryer. This makes your dryer a lot less efficient.
There are eco-friendly dryer sheets, but you’ll be paying more at $6.95 US for 64 loads.
2. DRYER SHEETS ARE FULL OF TOXIC CHEMICALS
Alpha-Terpineol, Benzyl Alcohol, Camphor, Chloroform, Ethyl Acetate, Linalool, Pentane… The effects of these toxic chemicals can cause disorders to the central nervous system (headaches, nausea, depression), loss of muscular coordination, dizziness.
These chemicals rub off on our clothes and onto our skin. Yuck. You may be thinking, well I’m sure dryer sheets can’t do all of this, but have you thought about all the other toxins and chemicals that are living in the cleaning products in your house? Scary! Learn more here.
3. THEY ARE BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Dryer sheets are just another thing we are throwing away. They can not be recycled and with the sales of dryer sheets increasing year over year, just imagine what that looks like on the landfill site?
THE PROBLEM… The convenience and ease of dryer sheets is outweighing the healthier choices we can all make as consumers.
What to do about it?
Hello Wool Dryer Balls!
I had heard about these for a while, but had never tried them. So, yesterday I went to Winners and picked up a pack of 5 100% wool dry balls. You can actually find good choices online too. Here’s a great option from Amazon*
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I wasn’t sure how well they would work compared to dryer sheets, but I was happy that I noticed a major difference with just 1 wash of my towels. The towels no longer had that horrible residue that I can feel sometimes. They literally felt cleaner.
The Benefits of 100% Wool Dryer Balls…
- You can use them for about 1000 loads!
- They dry your clothes faster
- They are healthy – no more harmful chemicals lurking on your clothes
- Dryer balls naturally soften your clothes, sheets and towels
- Reduces static cling
- You save money. Since your drying time is almost cut in half you can expect to see lower electricity bills. Plus no more $10 dryer sheets.
- You are being kinder to the environment. That makes you feel good, right?!
You may be thinking, don’t use the dryer at all. I agree that in the summer you should be hanging clothes to dry – if you have space or access to the outdoors. Let’s face it though, I live in Canada with LONG winters, so the dryer is a must have for items like sheets and towels. I still hang when I can throughout the year and will do my best to do this even more in future.
Lastly, if you want to add a little scent to your dryer balls go with a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Young Living Essential Oils seems to be the best quality you can get. Here’s a shout out to a fellow blogger… Terryn @ Just A Simple Home. She can hook you up with an amazing essential oils starter kit, plus learn Why and How to Use Essential Oils for your Family.
This is my first step to getting back to more green living.
What do you do to live a greener life? Do you use dryer balls, cook with organic or local meat, use eco-friendly cleaning products or make your own cleaning products?
Let me know so I can hear about your great ideas and continue my path to a greener lifestyle.
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