Apparently, you do not get only freshness and comfort from your fabric softener, but also a significant amount of toxins which penetrate in the skin and if inhaled, leads to numerous health issues, especially in children.
Namely, here is a list of the most common dangerous ingredients found in sheet and liquid fabric softeners:
Chloroform: During the entire 19th century, this substance has been utilized as anesthesia, and in the early 20centurty, it has been found to be linked to fatal cardiac arrhythmia. Since it is a known carcinogenic neurotoxin, chloroform is on the Hazardous Waste list of EPA. Moreover, if its vapors are inhaled, one may experience drowsiness, nausea, headache, loss of consciousness, vomiting, and/or dizziness, and it may worsen the condition in the case of liver, kidney and heart disorders. Furthermore, if exposed to heat, its effects are aggravated.
A-Terpineol: leads to disorders of the Central Nervous System (CNS), that is, issues with the brain and spine, including as Parkinson’s disease, seizures, strokes, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, ADD, and dementia. The early symptoms of CNS problems are blurred vision, dizziness, numbness in face, aphasia, disorientation, hunger, headaches, memory loss, neck pain and pain in the spine. This ingredient leads to irritation of the mucous membranes and may result in fatal edema, pneumonia, and respiratory depression if aspirated into the lungs.
Ethanol: This softener component can be found on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste. It may also lead to CNS disorders.
Benzyl Alcohol: This substance irritates the upper respiratory tract and leads to disorders of the central nervous system (CNS), nausea, dizziness, headache, dramatic drops in blood pressure and vomiting.
Ethyl Acetate: Also found on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list, this chemical may damage the kidneys and liver, may lead to loss of consciousness and unbearable headaches, and may irritate the eyes and respiratory tract.
Phthalates: These are involved in scented products in order to preserve the scent, but they have been found to be linked to breast cancer and issues with the reproductive system.
Limonene: This substance is a popular cancer-causing ingredient, and may cause irritations of the skin and eyes.
Pentane: If inhaled, this ingredient may be extremely dangerous.
Camphor: Camphor is as well on the same list by the EPA. It may be the reason for the occurrence of convulsions, dizziness, confusion, nausea and twitching muscles. It is quickly absorbed via the tissues, and lead to an irritated throat, nose or eyes.
Benzyl Acetate: This substance has been associated with pancreatic cancer. It may be absorbed through the skin, and its vapors can irritate the eyes and the respiratory passages.
Linalool: The exposure to this ingredient has led to death in animal studies. In fact, it is a narcotic which causes CNS disorders and respiratory problems.
Vegans should be aware of the fact that tallow is a form of animal fat which is commonly used in numerous fabric softener sheets.
However, you should not believe that manufacturers have included these toxic ingredients in their products completely unaware of their effects.
In fact, some of the packages contain a small warning note that the goods ought not to be used in children’s sleepwear. Yet, they may also have bigger illustrations of toys and children, and you may miss the important warning note.
Therefore, it would be highly useful if you prepare your own, natural fabric softener that will prevent the dangerous effects of these ingredients.
The recipe that we are going to reveal today includes only two components. The first one, vinegar, is nontoxic, inexpensive and efficiently gets rid of soap residue, and aids in static reduction during drying. Moreover, since it includes small amounts of potassium and sodium, it will also soften the hard water.
Natural Homemade Fabric Softener
1-gallon white vinegar
30 drops of essential oil
Method of preparation:
Its preparation is extremely easy. You only need to mix the ingredients and pour their mixture into a suitable container.
Before you use it in the laundry, dilute 1/4 cup of the mixture with3/4 cups of water. Then, pour this natural fabric softener into the washer during the final rinse cycle.