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Friday, February 6, 2009

Fabric Softener Toxic

That is right, it is now being pointed out that Fabric Softener, liquid form, and dryer sheets are fairly toxic. 

So what makes them toxic? According to, the harmful ingredients in dryer sheets and the liquid stuff are benzyl acetate (has been linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (upper respiratory irritant), ethanol (central nervous system inhibitor), limonene (carcinogen), and chloroform (it's just bad for you).

Now the thing that kind of sucks, is that fabric softener is made to stay in your clothing for a long time. This means that you are constantly "wearing" all of these chemicals on your body. They
 can seep into your skin and do their damage slowly over time.

So what do I do now? I like to have soft clothes. National Geographic reccomends that you add a quarter cup of baking soda or a quarter cup of white vinigar during the wash cycle. But warns you not to mix these with bleach as that will cause some pretty harmful fumes.

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