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The Best Alternative to Dryer Sheets

If you’re like most people, then you are probably using dryer sheets in your laundry and might not even know why. What are they for? What are they made out of? The facts are here and they might change your mind about your old laundry habits.

Dryer sheets are designed to slowly release fabric softeners as your laundry dries, however they don’t actually soften anything. They actually coat your fabrics with slime that prevents static and creates a false sensation of softness.

Fabric softeners tend to not do what they are supposed to do, and inevitably prevent fabrics from functioning the way that they were originally designed. For example, activewear becomes less breathable and towels become less absorbent.

The slimy coating comes from quaternary ammonium compounds (QACS), a chemical that can be irritating to skin and cause those with asthma to experience worsening symptoms. It can be linked to long-term health problems like cancer and reproductive issues but there has yet to be enough studies executed to make conclusive results. Be aware that this chemical can also be found in cleaning products with fragrances.

The best alternative to using dryer sheets is to invest in a set of wool dryer balls. These are reusable, last for several years, and only cost around $10 at common stores. The wool balls physically soften fabric by bouncing around the linens as they dry, while also separating heavy clothing. They reduce drying time and help heat circulate evenly. 

Next time you use your dryer, think twice before using dryer sheets!

 

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