• Fabric Softener~Soft but Don’t Snuggle

    Fabric Softeners are used by many people and most haven’t a clue what toxins lie beneath making your clothes smell scented and feel soft.  Here is a list of the chemicals found in fabric softener by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the effects they can have on us:

    Alpha-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema not for skin contact, and central nervous system damage

    Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

    Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant

    Camphor: Effects central nervous system

    Chloroform: Neurotoxin (a toxin that acts specifically on nerve cells), anesthetic and carcinogenic, not supposed to be heated

    Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders

    Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list

    Limonene: Known carcinogen (any substance that is directly involved in the exacerbation of cancer)

    Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders

    Pentane: Chemical known to be harmful if inhaled, Central Nervous System depression

    Can you imagine these individual chemicals around your family let alone all of them in one container?  If you must use something in your laundry for softening try a 1/2 cup of vinegar or a 1/2 cup of baking soda directly to the rinse cycle.  100% Wool dryer balls are also great for softening and reducing dry time in half.  You can get MAKE or BUY them.  Happy Laundry!

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    1. I just recently found this out too! I do like to have nice smelling laundry though so I use Shaklee Get Clean Laundry products. The Soft Fabric Concentrate is nontoxic, natural, concentrated, and no phosphates! Plus it smells really good! Check it out for yourself: http://www.itsyourlife2010.com

      This is a great article! Keep up the good work!

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