Ever wonder how that tiny little dryer sheet can get your clothes to smell so nice and remove static cling and make you feel like your clothes feel silky and smooth?
We are about to share some extremely inconvenient truths about how toxic and evil those tiny little dryer sheets really are to your health and to this planet.
Dryer sheets have exploded in popularity in the last couple of decades and have taken the industry by storm. They are extremely effective at removing static, leaving fragrances, leaving optical brighteners on clothes, and giving them a soft and smooth feeling.
I promise you it is not magic that that happens. There is an arsenal of extraordinarily toxic chemicals that are laden into those little fabric squares that actually make that happen. Here are some common chemicals you might find in Dryer Sheets:
Dipalmethyl Hydroxyethylammoinum Methosulfate – I’d tell you what that is, but there is actually NO available public information on this chemical compound….I repeat, these companies have not disclosed what this ingredient is.
Most major dryer sheets contain this chemical as a softener but do not disclose anything about it other than it is “generally regarded as safe”…. These companies do their own safety testing, by the way, to determine what is safe, and none of that testing is long term or validated with humans.
- Alpha Terpineol – can cause central nervous system damage, reduced spontaneous motor activity, and respiratory issues
- Chloroform, Benzyl Acetate & Dichlorobenzene – well-known carcinogens and public enemies in the chemical industry.
So many people were getting sick that thankfully some chemical reform has happened in this industry. Although many still contain the ingredients I just listed, for years the leading dryer sheet had 14 documented carcinogens laden within those tiny little pieces.
Here’s the funny thing… Static cling was not a “problem” until people were told that it was. So chemical manufacturers created an artificial need for products that reduced static (I guess because it’s less annoying) over decades with marketing. To solve this fake problem, they started to manufacture dryer sheets filled with silicon distillate.
Silicon products like this are designed to not only absorb and mitigate static cling, but they do so by leaving a film on your fabrics.
If you use these sheets, fabric softener, or conventional detergent which contain these silicon products, you’ll know that when you get out of the shower and grab a clean towel it almost feels like the towel is slimy even though it’s totally dry and just came out of your linen closet.
The reason it slides off your body is due to the toxic chemical compounds that literally only exist to trick you into thinking that your clothes are softer.
Picture Teflon on top of a cooking pan and how the egg just slides right off. Dryer sheets (and fabric softener) are designed to leave that type of a sheen on your fabrics so that when you touch them, they feel really soft.
The next time you feel this “softness” on your clothes, or next time it touches your family, you can no longer be fooled into thinking that it’s soft and safe. Make no mistake, this is manufactured comfort and is highly toxic to you and your loved ones.
They’re also designed to leave toxic perfumes on the clothes to trick your nose into believing that your clothes are actually cleaner than they really are.
“Fragrance” is listed as an ingredient on all of the leading brands, which could be any one of hundreds of known chemical compounds that create synthetic fragrances. Synthetic Fragrance compounds are being hailed as the new second-hand smoke, because when inhaled they make you physically ill and can be highly cytotoxic and carcinogenic.
In some cases, dryer sheets also contain ultraviolet light brighteners so that under the admittance of ultraviolet lights (artificial lighting) our clothes appear brighter when in reality it’s just an optical illusion.
In the eco & green space, very few companies have attempted to even try and manufacture a plant-based or nontoxic dryer sheet because it’s virtually impossible to compete with the chemical solutions. This is really sad because these products contain dangerous petrochemicals and highly synthesized chemicals and have very little human research on how the downstream effect is on us.
Now as well, because these silicons coat and are designed to coat fabrics, they also coat your lint. That lint goes through your machines and it actually adheres into the dryer vent that goes outside your house.
These dryer sheets and fabric softeners with their silicon chemicals that are chemically engineered to leave a film on your clothes, leave an extraordinarily flammable film on your lint that builds up over time.
So with just a small little spark or a little bit of excess heat many houses have burnt down around the world as a result of this toxic plume that is living inside your dryer.
So sorry I had to be the bearer of bad news, but I had to bring forth the truth about why and how these products are designed to work.
The last part that you should absolutely detest about these toxic death sheets is that they are all single use, non-recyclable and about the farthest thing from biodegradable. Every sheet you use ends up in the landfill, and likely takes centuries to decompose, and in the process leeches all of these despicable chemicals into the surrounding environment.
There is nothing good about dryer sheets….please do the world and your family a favor and stop using them!
We made a decision years ago to do something about this problem, and give people a choice that was healthy and planet friendly.
Our laundry detergent products don’t leave a huge toxic fragrance bomb or use harsh chemicals softeners, but our consumers still wanted to have their clothes smell nicer and be softer.
So we invented Dryer Angels.
It is a fully reusable product with a body in the shape of an angel. You insert a refill pouch packed with corn cob material and is just beautifully scented with essential oils.
You put your Angel right into the dryer like you would one of those evil dryer sheets, and fluffs up your clothes real nice and leaves an amazing smell of essential oils and plant-based oils and not some toxic science experiment. One refill lasts for 30 loads and is fully biodegradable when done!
Something EVEN MORE AMAZING about these…. They’re made with hands of love by two ministries around the world that empower deaf women in Jamaica and help women in Southeast Asia out of sex trafficking. We are giving women sustainable jobs to support themselves and their communities and lift themselves out of slavery and poverty.
Now that you are armed with this information and know that there is a better way, we know you’ll make the right choice and add Dryer Angels to your MyGreenFills box today!