Dryer Sheets, Softeners and Sprays! Oh My!
With all the time-savers available to us these days, how is it that most of us still seem to have so little of it? Take our moms and grandmothers, for example. They probably needed an entire day just to launder and iron shirts, dresses and blouses. But now? I venture to guess that many of us may not even own an iron, preferring instead to rely on fabric softeners, dryer sheets and/or wrinkle-removing sprays to prevent or remove unsightly creases from our clothing.
If this is you, it’s nice to have these “iron alternatives,” isn’t it? They do save time and energy—not to mention valuable space in your laundry room! But did you know that some of these products come with a hidden cost? Many of these them may contain harmful chemicals that could be putting your health, as well as your family’s, at risk.
Because your clothes come into direct contact with your skin, it’s important to be aware of the chemicals you may be inadvertently coating them in.
Here’s a quick overview of a few of the questionable chemicals found in some of the most popular laundry products on the market today:
While we appreciate the value of most time-saving products at our disposal today, it’s also wise to be aware of the chemicals that can lurk in products like fabric softeners, dryer sheets and some wrinkle-removing sprays.
- EcoWatch: 3 Reasons You Should Skip Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets
- EWG Healthy Cleaning FAQ: Do low hazard products cost more?
- Movement Blog: What You Need to Know About Phthalates
- LiveStrong: List the Ingredients in Tide High Efficiency
- Reader’s Digest Best Health: Parabens: What are they, and are they really that bad?