First and foremost, we all KNOW there are 9 harmful chemicals in dryer sheets. Three of those are toxic chemicals. These are bad. period. Ever taken a walk on Sunday evening in your neighborhood? The smell of dryer sheets fills the air like smoke at a summer beach bonfire. It is frightening. Okay, so we are all in agreement. These are bad guys. These are harmful to our health, our families’ health, the environment, yes, we get it. We all bought into the idea that our laundry “needed” to smell mountain fresh without having to do the work and hang them outside.
It was about 4 years ago that I think we all learned of their dangers. So I, like everyone else tried everything I could get my hands on. I made my own softener, C+. I purchased two pieces of fabric that were to eliminate static cling, A-. I have set the timer and ran like a crazy woman to pour in a cup of white vinegar into the rinse cycle, B-. I have purchased two plastic balls that were guaranteed to stop static, B-. I have hung clothes outside, A+. However, in the dead of winter with ice on the ground, I am not thrilled with that option. So I searched and found a couple of companies that supposedly don’t use harsh chemicals in their product. They are not paying me so I don’t want to promote them. Hey, maybe they would send me a free box of them or something? Ok, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation supposedly don’t use harmful chemicals. Who knows?
The static is so horrid this time of year, Mr. Right even went out and bought a can of spray anti-static. Gee, I wonder what miracle chemical is in that can? Dress clothes for work are not quite as professional looking when a gentleman’s slacks stick to his legs when he gets up to greet a co-worker or client. So we bend our rules. We use the spray.
I did read a tip yesterday that made me want to slap my head in amazement. duh, I can not believe that I didn’t think of this sooner. If you must use dryer sheets (to stop from being electrocuted when shaking hands with another human or getting out of the car this time of year), AT LEAST cut the dryer sheets in half and only use half in a load. It works the same, gets rid of static and you get twice as many in a box as you originally thought. Well, now there is a common sense idea……why didn’t I think of that maybe 30 YEARS AGO??????
I continue my research. I would love any tips you have found that work for you to eliminate static cling.
I am trying to have the grace to search change all while continuing to do laundry every single day of my life.
Thus ends today’s ranting and raving.