Every one of us love the smell of clean and freshly washed clothes, that’s the reason we choose fabric softener.Fabric softener soften our clothes and make them fragrant for days. It may be nice to have clothes that feel soft, smell fresh and are free of static cling, both types of products contain chemicals known to be toxic to people after sustained exposure.
Nobody wants to put dangerous toxins in their body.If you are very much concerned about the health and safety of your family members, you might want to stay away from liquid fabric softeners altogether.
What is fabric softener?
Fabric softener is a combination of chemicals that coat the surface of textiles with a thin layer of lubrication. This makes the clothes feel smoother and helps them to resist the buildup of static electricity. Early fabric softeners were made from a combination of soap and olive oil or other natural oils.
But today’s fabric softeners are made of noxious chemicals combined with a massive amount of fragrance that masks their nose-curling odors. Fabric softener actually makes material less absorbent, which is not a good thing for your bath towels anyway.
Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners:
Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer. Its vapors can cause eye irritation and respiratory problems and the worst thing is that it can be absorbed through the skin.
Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant.This dangerous substance is linked to central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drastic drops in blood pressure.
Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
Alpha-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage, headaches, hunger, memory loss, numbness in face, neck and spine pain.
Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list
Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic – which can lead to loss of consciousness, nausea, headache, vomiting, and/or dizziness, drowsiness.
Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders.Respiratory problems and even lead to the so-called loss of muscle coordination.
Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong smelling — so strong that they require the use of these heavy fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover up the smells. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics, which are the reason fabric softeners were created in the first place, do not smell good either when heated in a dryer or heated by our bodies … hence the need for even more hefty fragrances.
In other words, remove all the added fragrance that endears people to fabric softeners and — like the cliche wolf in sheep’s clothing — the real smells of the chemical-laced fabric softener and the synthetic fabrics they were designed around may prompt people to shoot their laundry machines and be done with it.
Simple tips to soften your clothes safely :
There is no need for you to expose yourself to these risky chemicals when natural alternatives exist. Not only are they safer for you, your family and the environment, but they’re much more economical too:
Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric
Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and eliminate cling
Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals