My husband and I had just sat down to dinner the other day when the dryer buzzer went off. Not exactly great timing! After he heard my groan, being the great husband that he is, he said he would help me since most of what was in the dryer was his work clothes that needed hanging. Supper could wait for 5 minutes but clothes can wrinkle in that time.
A little side note here: If your dryer stops and by the time you get to it your clothes are all wrinkled, just throw in a glass full of ice cubes (just the ice, not the glass) and turn the dryer on for about 10 minutes and “Voila!” no more wrinkles. Repeat as necessary. Yes…I confess, I have had to do this twice to one load.
Now back to the dryer…so my husband is pulling clothes out of the dryer and they are so full of static…you know how it sounds….snap! crackle! pop! as you pull a sock that seems to be hanging on for dear life to a pant leg. Now it was my husbands turn to groan. And then he said, “I’ve noticed that the clothes are getting kind of clingy.” To which I responded, “I just may have to break down and buy some dryer sheets.” I didn’t want to do it.
I used to buy what I thought was innocent, cotton-fresh dryer sheets in bulk and then cut them in half to save money. But since educating myself and reading labels on EVERY item that comes in my home, I have been on a determined journey to reduce the toxin load in our home. I discovered that dryer sheets are FULL of toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances? In fact, they are one of the most toxic things we have in our homes. So the day I ran out of dryer sheets was the day I decided that my health, my husband’s health were just not worth it anymore and I wasn’t going to purchase anymore.
Here are 12 reasons not to use dryer sheets. I challenge you to look each of these chemicals up on google. Just type in “dangers of ___________.” Fill in the blank with one of these 12 chemicals names until you have looked at all of them.
Biodegradable cationic softeners
Did I just hear you throwing out your dryer sheets? If so…you might want to run to the bathroom and read the label on your air freshener too!
So just what is static cling besides an annoyance? Static cling is a property of substances that make them cling to each other because of opposite electrical charges. (You know what they say…opposites attract) When the conditions are dry and two different kinds of materials come in contact with each other, sometimes there is an exchange of electrons between two substances. This exchange of electrons leaves one substance with a positive charge and the other with a negative charge. Basic laws of science states that unlike charges attract, thus the two substances will attract one another, which is termed as “static cling”.
Last year Young Living was offering in a holiday promotion, a box of four dryer balls that came in a box with a 5 ml bottle of Lavender Essential Oil. I received that box and had been using my dryer balls ever since I ran out of dryer sheets. But I still seem to be having a static cling problem as evidenced by that load of clothes my husband and I were prying apart.
So today…I decided to come up with a solution…literally. A made a solution to soften my clothes and to eliminate static cling.
Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe
1/2 cup Non-toxic Hair Conditioner (I used Young Living’s Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner)
1 cup of White Vinegar
2 cups of Hot Water
7 – 10 drops of Essential Oil (Purification, Lavender or Lemongrass)
Measure 1/2 cup of conditioner. I had just a little less than 1/2 cup left in my conditioner bottle.
Whisk the conditioner and vinegar together and then add the hot water and essential oils. Whisk again.
Your solution should look like this. This recipe makes about 3 1/2 cups of softener. Store in a glass quart jar and label properly.
Directions for Use: Washer Method – Add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of the fabric softener in the receptacle on your wash machine and run wash cycles as usual.
Directions for Use: Dryer Method – Dip (halfway) two of the wool dryer balls in the solution and throw them in the dryer. If you used a small-mouth quart jar, just put the dryer ball on the top of your jar and tip over until the solution is on the dryer ball. Repeat if necessary. If you don’t have dryer balls, you could put this solution on a reusable cloth. It smells so good and I promise you that your clothes will not smell like vinegar!
I chose Young Living hair conditioner since that is what I use and I had the Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner on hand. No harmful ingredients in my shampoo and conditioner means no harmful ingredients on my head! I also used Young Living’s Purification blend in my fabric softener solution. It is one of my favorite blends to use in my diffuser so I thought it would be great in my recipe. The Purification blend (and a diffuser) comes in the Premium Starter Kit.
I have been a Young Living Independent Distributor (translation: member) for almost three years now. This is how I began that “No Toxins in my House Journey”. The more I learned, the more I started replacing chemical-laden products with Young Living’s natural and non-toxic essential oils and essential oil-infused products. If you were to look, you would find that every room in my home has a Young Living product. We are living better! You can too!
Young Living members purchase their products at 24% off the retail price. Learn more about becoming a member and begin your toxin-removal journey too! Join the Oily Baa-lievers team and I will coach you too! Just use my member number, #2176680, in the Enroller and the Sponsor boxes on the member enrollment form online. It’s easy and takes less than 10 minutes!
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