Eliminate indoor air pollution with this DIY fabric softener.
We are all careful about the products we eat and drink, avoiding anything laden with too many chemicals.
But do you realize just how many chemicals are in the products we use in our homes?
The skin is one of the main areas in which the body absorbs chemicals, and anything that comes into contact with our skin has the possibility of contaminating us.
Cleaning products and laundry products are two of the main culprits, and fabric softener is the worst offender.
We all love the smell of freshly washed laundry, but the smell that smells ‘fresh’ to us is actually a bunch of chemicals.
A laundry bottle labelled ‘summer breeze’ might remind us of a summers day, but there is nothing natural about the cocktail of chemicals that has gone into making this scent.
Each time we inhale the freshly washed laundry, we are inhaling a nose full of chemicals, and they transfer onto our skin when we come into contact with them.
While they may smell lovely and harmless, fabric softeners actually contain a whole range of dangerous chemicals, such as-
Chloroform was once used to put people to sleep for an operation, such is it’s potency. It is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and can cause nausea, vomiting, and loss of consciousness.
This chemical attacks the central nervous system and has been linked with Alzheimer’s disease, ADD, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, strokes, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
An upper respiratory tract irritant which can make it hard for you to breathe properly. It can also cause dizziness, headaches and vomiting.
This dangerous chemical has been linked with pancreatic cancer. It is absorbed unwittingly by the body and causes havoc to the system.
Another substance which causes irritation to the respiratory system and the eyes. It has also been linked with kidney and liver damage.
Natural Fabric Softener Recipe
Instead of polluting your home with chemicals, why not soften your laundry with this natural recipe.
- 1 gallon white vinegar
- 30 drops of any essential oil of your choice
Mix ingredients together and pour into a storage container.
Dilute the vinegar mixture with water before being used in your laundry. For regular sizes loads, mix 1/4 cup of vinegar mixture with 3/4 cups of water. Pour the fabric softener into your washer during the final rinse cycle.