What are Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls?
Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls are a SAFE, natural fabric softener you use in your dryer. They bounce around to naturally separate and create space between your laundry, allowing the hot dryer air to circulate better and soften fabrics. Made of 100% wool, they help reduce drying time by 25%, help reduce static cling and wrinkles, all naturally, without chemicals. Use them instead of fabric softener or dryer sheets and radically reduce chemicals in your home.
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Why should you dump your Fabric Softeners & Dryer Sheets?
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are designed to make your clothes feel softer and have less static but they commonly use slimy softening chemicals called “quats”. “Quats” is short for quaternary ammonium compounds which can cause healthy people to develop asthma. There are other chemicals, especially in dryer sheets that when heated, release chemicals into our air and no telling what long lasting effects it has on our bodies. There are so many chemicals in so many of the products we use and we really have no clue how they are really affecting our environment. It’s quite scary and I especially don’t want to expose my children to any unnecessary chemicals if possible.
According to the health and wellness website Sixwise.com there are several chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets that might make you think twice about using them again.
- 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: 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
I found an interesting article written by RYAN JASLOW for the CBS News that talks about a study that was done to show how our laundry products are releasing carcinogens into our air.
The researchers used two different homeowner’s washers and dryers for the study. they ran each of thier washers once without any detergent, once with a scented liquid laundry detergent, and the last with both scented detergent and scented dryer sheets.
They found more than 25 “volatile” air pollutants, including harmful chemicals such as acetaldehyde and benzene.
According to EPA.gov “acetaldehyde is considered a probable human carcinogen (Group B2) based on inadequate human cancer studies and animal studies that have shown nasal tumors in rats and laryngeal tumors in hamsters”.
As far as the benzene, the EPA says that short term inhalation “may cause drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, as well as eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation, and, at high levels, unconsciousness.” Long-term inhalation exposure “has caused various disorders in the blood, including reduced numbers of red blood cells” along with other issues.
The full CBS News article can be found using the following link: