Okay, I admit, dryer sheets smell awesome but, they are bad for us:
US National Library of Medicine: Respiratory toxicity of fabric softener emissions: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10872633
Since I’m not a scientist or doctor – you can read that abstract or google your little heart out to find out why they are so bad.
So what’s our option to those toxic sheets of anti-static magic? One word: vinegar. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer and cleaner, and amazingly, it prevents static. Did I mention cheap? Okay – it’s cheap, too.
How do I use it? Add about a half of a cup to the rinse cycle, an old downy ball, or the fabric softener cup inside your machine.
I found a lot of great information about natural fabric softeners on DIY Natural’s website. They have great tips on how to use essential oils to help boost your laundry, too.
New twist! Whitening fabric softener!!!
As many of you may know – lemons have natural lightening properties. Lemon essentials oils are used as a natural bleach. Since I already had some lemon rinds steeping in some vinegar, I decided to see how well it worked on a dirty cream-colored jacket that needed a good washing.
I simply strained the lemon rinds which had been soaking for about 2 weeks in the jar of vinegar, and put the resulting liquid into an old bottle, and then filled it the rest of the way with fresh white vinegar. I labeled it so no one uses this on colored clothes, since it has the potential to ruin/bleach them. I used a 1/4 c. of my natural laundry soap and about 1/4 c. of the lemon fabric softener for a small load.
The results? Awesome! The jacket that had black and brown smudges on it was clean and cream once again. The smell? Naturally clean. I promise you, your clothes will not smell like vinegar.
Give it a try! You might be amazed with the results, and all the money you have saved.
Let me know what you think in the comments section. How else do you use vinegar? I know I use it for just about everything!
Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.