If You Do One Thing Today…Fabric Softener

If you do one thing today…
Stop using fabric softener.  Full of chemicals which are made to cling to your clothing and rub on your skin, fabric softener is usually unnecessary.

Static cling in dry climates can be prevented by tossing a several wool dryer balls (or carefully choose commercially-made dryer balls that won’t leak phtalates when heated.)

Softening can be accomplished by adding 1 Cup of white vinegar to the softener cup in your dryer or in your fabric softener ball.

And that wonderful fragrance?  (Yes, I admit, I like when my clothes smell pretty) You can accomplish the same thing by adding a few drops of essential oils to your detergent and mixing it before you put it in the wash.  However, depending on the oil, it will dilute too much to be effective if you put it straight into the water.  The detergent will hold it in the wash longer.  If you make your own laundry detergent you can add the essential oils when you make it and they’ll last through the wash and dry cycles.
Both my sons have suffered with moderate eczema all their lives.  It’s cleared up in the past 6 months, since I stopped using most chemical fragrances.  My psoriasis has cleared up as well.  Whether it’s just a coincidence or not, I don’t know, but the dermatologist told me to do two things to help my boys: 1. To keep their skin moist (which I’m very, very bad at doing!) and 2. To avoid contact with chemicals in fragrances and other commercially made products.

So if you do one thing today, eliminate this product from your cleaning routine and choose products that are healthier and cheaper in the long run!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mdosborne2 on August 5, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Fabric softener also makes towels less absorbant and will wear out your clothes quicker. i once bought laundry detergent w/ downy and brought it to my parent’s house. my brother freaked out! he wears his clothes until there are more holes that fabric and was so upset that there was now fabric softener on his clothes!!! oh the humanity.


    • Absolutely! So what do they use in Romania? Do they use fabric softener, or do they skip it? (Since I’ve seen your photos of your clothes line drying like everyone else’s!)


  2. Posted by mdosborne2 on August 5, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Everyone uses fabric softener b/c they don’t use dryers. It helps when ironing.


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