Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Homemade Fabric Softener - The Non-Toxic Solution

Making your own fabric softener will lessen your exposure to harmful neurotoxins.

Did you know that some of the most harmful ingredients in many of the commercial liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets include benzyl acetate (pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (central nervous system disorders), limonene (carcinogen) and chloroform (neurotoxin and carcinogen)? Seventh Generation and Ecover are two brands that offer an eco-friendly choice. But, one thrifty and healthy way you can avoid exposing you and your family to these scary neurotoxins is to make your own natural, homemade softener. Here's one recipe for a liquid fabric softener:
  • 3 cups Vinegar
  • 2 cups Hair Conditioner (natural/organic)
  • 6 cups Water (distilled, if you have it)
Mix and use as you would with any store-bought softener product.
Before you throw away the aluminum foil you won't be saving for your oven anymore (see my other tip regarding foil), toss an aluminium foil ball into the dryer with your laundry to remove static cling.

Here's an article on the Scientific American about how harmful dryer sheets and fabric softeners actually are! Good reason to make you're own...