Dryer Sheets Cause Hormone Imbalance, Neurotoxicity, Respiratory Problems, And Even Cancer
Most of the popular dryer sheets brands contain dangerous chemicals such as Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol or Linalool, which can put your health at serious risk. Besides damaging your skin, these chemicals emit hazardous fumes when heated, and these toxins can reach the brain and causes dangerous diseases. Here are 5 reasons why you should stop using the dangerous dryer sheets:
When you use dryer sheets, you are coating your clothes with artificial fragrances which are very toxic. According to animal studies, these chemicals are known carcinogens which cause liver damage.
A recent study performed by the UW professor Dr. Anne Steinemann examined the effects of artificial fragrances in laundry products on the human body. The results showed that they emitted more than 25 different VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) including acetaldehyde, acetone, and ethanol. Acetaldehyde had emissions that equaled about 3% of the total acetaldehyde emissions of cars in the same area, which is a major oversight of toxic chemicals.
According to the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the industry-generated MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets), here’s what chemicals are found in most fabric softener products:
This dangerous chemical has been associated with brain and nervous system disorders, depression, headaches and loss of muscle function.
Benzyl acetate is another toxic compound which is linked to pancreatic cancer.
Benzyl alcohol is an irritant which can cause numerous central nervous system disorders, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drops in blood pressure.
Chloroform is a neurotoxin, anesthetic and carcinogen which can seriously damage your brain. Inhaling just a small amount of chloroform can cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, dizziness and make you lose consciousness.
Ethanol is another dangerous chemical in fabric softeners which has been linked to several central nervous system disorders.
Ethyl acetate is a dangerous chemical which has been known to cause painful headaches.
According to studies, linalool is a dangerous chemical which can cause loss of muscle coordination, central nervous system and brain disorders, as well as depression.
Pentane has been linked to central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and depression.
Thankfully, there is a natural alternative to toxic dryer sheets – wool balls! They are an all-natural fabric softener which can get rid of static cling and wrinkles.