The Most Toxic Product in Your Home

Written by  Alex Sherman
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Natural-Fabric-SoftenersHaving soft sheets and soft clothing is very important to me. I love crawling into a freshly washed bed after a long day. The little Snuggles bear is truly a marketing genius because that cuddly little guy 100% encompasses the feeling of soft sheets! So I was extremely surprised to hear that the Allergy and Environmental Health Association states that both liquid and dryer sheet fabric softeners are "the most toxic products produced for daily household use."

Before you start freaking out and accepting that the rest of your days will be spent crawling into paper-like sheets, there are alternatives that will detox your laundry and leave it just as soft as the commercial brands.

Seperate Your Clothes

When drying try to remove the synthetic fabrics from the more natural fabrics. Cotton, bamboo, hemp, and linen are best dried together. Polyester and other synthetics should be removed from your home completely, or for a less drastic route, just dry them on their own.

Baking Soda

Simply add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the water when washing your cloths. Be sure to let it dissolve completely before adding your cloths. I like this best because it softens the water and makes your clothes super soft! You can also add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil or make your own laundry detergent.

Vinegar

Add a cup of vinegar to the wash, it isn't as effective as baking soda but it does work!

Natural Fabric Softeners

Most health food stores will carry some natural fabric softeners. My opinion is that if you can make your own detergent and fabric softener why spend the money.

 

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Alex Sherman

Alex Sherman

Alex was born and raised in the North Georgia mountains. At the age of 18 he started his own green maid service which soon found a new home in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2009 he sold the company and founded the Green Life Pages to pursue his growing passion to educate others about sustainable living. The website's form soon began to change and is now a collaborative effort between Alex and a few friends (Kathleen & Sarah)  who are just as passionation about health and sustainability. 

Alex believes strongly in networking and education. Through both he believes we can achieve a greener, healthier, and more informed planet.

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