Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dryer Sheets!

Do you use dryer sheets or some other product to "freshen" your laundry and reduce static? Consider eliminating this product from your home to save money, reduce pollution in the environment, and improve your health.

Dryer sheets are yet another product created by companies to make money, and they are toxic. If your clothes come out stiff and full of static, your problem is likely that you are over-drying and/or using a toxic clothing detergent. When clothes are washed in these substances (as is the case with most publicly-traded brands on the market), the build up on clothes can cause all types of issues to occur - including static build up and stiff laundry. Most laundry detergents found in the grocery store are toxic to the environment, your health and are a petroleum-based product. These detergents also contain other ingredients such as optical brighteners, ethylene glycol ethers and other solvents, alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), surfactants called ethanolamines, and chlorine and ammonia in combination which cause allergic reactions and other health issues.

Natural laundry detergents should never cause static cling or other problems and your laundry should come out static-free and smelling fresh and clean without chemicals and artificial scents.
To keep your laundry smelling fresh and clean and ensure you are using a safe cleaner, two high-quality brands to recommend are brands such as Biokleen and Nature Clean. These products are safe, non-toxic, and good for the environment. They are concentrated, so a little goes a long way. A box of Biokleen powdered laundry detergent (60 load size) should last at least a couple of months for a family of three.

For a home-made solution to laundry detergent that will keep your laundry clean, fresh, and eliminate the need for dryer sheets, visit the Family Homestead. Essential oils can also be added to your laundry mixtures to add a fresh, clean, safe scent if desired.

For more information on making your washing machine green, visit The Daily Green and Green Your.

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