Thursday, June 16, 2011

Your going to wear that!

So in my search for recipes for some homemade cleaning supplies I found this. It's a list of some of the chemicals found in commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets :
  • Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
  • Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
  • A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
  • Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

I was going to post a recipe for reusable dryer sheets today but the recipe used store bought fabric softener. So here are some ideas if this bothers you and you want to go chemical free:

Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric or add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to soften fabric and eliminate cling.

Here is recipe I found for chemical free fabric softener:

1 cup baking soda
6 cups white vinegar
1 cup of water
10 -15 drops of essential oil of your choice. Example: 7 drops Sweet Orange, 5 drops Ylang Ylang &  3 drops Patchouli.
a bucket
wooden spoon

* Add the baking soda to the bucket
* Add  the water to the baking soda in the bucket
* SLOWLY add the vinegar to the bucket, be careful  it’s going to bubble up
* When all of the vinegar is added to the baking soda and has settled, stir it a bit so that the majority of the baking soda dissolves.
* Get a large empty plastic bottle and pour the vinegar/ baking soda/ water brew into it, add the essential oils.
* Add 1/2 a cup at the start of the rinse cycle ( be sure to give the bottle a good shake to disperse essential oils through liquid

I bet that this will make a difference in your wallet as well. My hubby will like that ;)

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I really need to get up on this stuff. I want to try this and also home made clorox wipes for the cost factor. I go through those like crazy.