Fabric softener is something
I lived without for most of my life.
We just didn't use it.
Scented softener is one of the biggest challenges
for an MCS Canary,
and as such,
should be something that people without sensitivities
look at VERY closely
as far as safety is concerned.
The fumes from scented fabric softeners
are extremely toxic,
not only to the person WEARING the clothes
but to everyone within
smelling distance of them
AND of their dryer exhaust.
By using scented fabric softener,
you are poisoning the entire neighborhood.
Scented fabric softener
will send a Canary running to their nest,
taping up windows and doors
to escape the toxic fumes.
So how DOES a person
get those new fangled fabrics
soft and wrinkle free?
What are some safe options?
The first option is Apple Cider Vinegar.
Even by the gallon
it is much less expensive than fabric softener!
If you live in a city with a health food store like New Seasons,
you can often buy vinegar in bulk
supplying your own jar
and save from having to recycle
all those insidious plastic jugs.
To use it,
add 1/2 cup to the rinse water when you're washing.
I know. I know.
While grandma used to stand by the machine
and WATCH the wash,
many of us are much too busy these days.
But the benefits could outweigh the annoyances.
First, no plastic jugs to recycle.
Second, no dangerous chemicals down the drain.
Third, no dangerous chemicals to be absorbed by your child's SKIN.
Fourth, soft wrinkle free clothes.
Don't worry about the smell..
it quickly goes away.
Use it on your hair too,
instead of conditioner.
You'll be happy
with the squeaky clean, tangle free shine!
A second option
is to dilute DOWNY sensitive fragrance free fabric softener
and dip a damp cloth or a wool dryer ball
and toss it in your dryer.
.Of all the fabric softeners,
I've found this one to be the least toxic for me.
There is no smell.
I mix one cap of liquid softener with 2 CUPS of water.
I keep this in a small plastic bowl
with a lid on top of my dryer.
I keep 3 wool dryer balls inside my dryer.
These not only pound the wrinkles out of your clothes,
but the wool attracts lint and makes your clothes lint-free.
I make my own dryer balls by needle felting wool.
Some people make them by wrapping wool yarn into a ball,
but I find those eventually fall apart.
You can also find these on www.etsy.com
Once I'm settled into my house,
I will post a tutorial on making them.
dip one ball
into the diluted fabric softener solution
and toss it into the dryer with your wet clothes.
It works GREAT!
And that one CAPful of fabric softener will last
for (literally) WEEKS
saving you a lot of money,
saving the earth from more garbage,
and saving people from toxic chemicals.
If you can't find wool dryer balls on Etsy,
you can order them from me.
I sell them for $12 for 3 balls.
Mine have lasted a year so far.
When the balls fill up with lint,
you just pull it off
or shave it with a sweater shaver
and continue to use them.
You will be pleasantly surprised.
Until next time,
Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without!