Fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals such as benzyl acetate and ethanol that can cause various forms of cancer and brain damage through contact with the skin and through inhalation.
Many fabric softners are filled with chemicals that are both toxic to the environment and human health. Most of the chemicals that are in these softners are not easily biodegradable especially chemicals on dryer sheets, which are heated up before being released into the air. Because they are not biodegradable, they become pollutants and are considered not eco-friendly.
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are harmful for the environment because they contain toxic chemicals. If you’re adding liquid fabric softener to your rinse cycle, that water will eventually be drained to our oceans. Imagine poring Ethanol, Chloroform, or Camphor into your fish tank. These are but a few of the hazardous chemicals contained in fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Now, if we use dryer sheets, we still aren’t sparing the oceans this cruelty and here’s why: the chemicals in dryer sheets become heated in the dryer and then released into the air. From there, a portion of these chemicals will be inhaled by humans, plants, and animals, while the rest of it will be absorbed into the atmosphere AND the oceans.
As an alternative, try replacing your current fabric softener with vinegar. The acetic acid found in vinegar deactivates the detergents left over from the wash cycle and neutralizes the PH balance, which is what removes the static electricity in our clothes – the main purpose of store-bought fabric softeners. Acetic acid is biodegradable and has no known negative effect on the environment.
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