Detox your laundry processes:
How do you rinse and dry your clothes?
If our sheets towels and clothing are coated with chemicals . . . guess where they end up—they are absorbed through our skin, the largest organ of the body.
Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets:
- Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
- Benzyl alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
- Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hazardous-waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
- Limonene: A known carcinogen
- A-terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
- Ethyl acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s hazardous-waste list
- Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
- Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
- Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
- Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
Here are some safer alternatives
- Add ¼ cup (60 mL) of baking soda to the wash cycle to soften fabric.
- Add ¼ cup (60 mL) of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to soften fabric and eliminate cling.
- Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base such as soy instead of chemicals.
Discover how to wash clothes au naturel without chemicals
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