Essential Oils / Natural Cleaners

Fabric Softener is TOXIC

Yes! Fabric Softener is TOXIC. I actually didn’t even know this until I started doing my research. It sure smells nice and makes your clothes soft but the chemicals in Fabric Softener are so terribly bad for you.

Here’s a list of a few of the ingredients commonly found in Fabric Softeners:

  • A-Terpineol
    • Can cause damage to the central nervous system and can cause respiratory issues.
  • Chloroform
    • Carcinogenic neurotoxin. Was used as anesthesia is the 1800s for about a century.
  • Benzyl Alcohol
    • Upper respiratory tract irritant that can cause central nervous system (CNS) disorders, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and dramatic drops in blood pressure.
  • Ethanol
    • Can cause Central Nervous system disorders
  • Ethyl Acetate
    • On the EPA’s waste list
  • Camphor
    • Can cause Central Nervous system disorders
  • Pentane
    • Harmful when inhaled
  • Limonene
    • A narcotic known to cause respiratory problems and central nervous system¬†disorders. In animal testing, exposure to linalool has resulted in death.

It’s really quite sad the amount of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. There should really be warning labels in big red writing so we can all see what we are buying.

The good news is, there is a cheaper, more natural solution: WHITE WINE VINEGAR.

I keep a big bottle of white wine vinegar in my laundry room that I use in place of fabric softener. All you have to do is fill the container that says “fabric softener” with White wine vinegar. If you are concerned with the strong smell of vinegar, you can add 40 drops of any essential oil to the bottle of vinegar and you are set.

This was the first change I made in my house when we started to replace chemicals with natural solutions. We haven’t turned back!



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