Last summer I was in Jacksonville, FL on a boat tour with some friends, and I got to meet and chat with two ladies during the tour. One of the things that stuck out to me in our conversation was when one of the ladies began talking about what she’d been doing to be more “green” in her life. Her final mantra was “never, never, never use dryer sheets…..they’re really bad for the environment.”
Sadly, we didn’t get to finish our conversation, but I did stop using dryer sheets upon my return home even though I didn’t really know why they were “bad.” I recently read an article from Green Living Tips about alternatives to dryer sheets and there were some explanations to why they an not good for the environment or for people. Some of the chemicals in the dryer sheets are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and the fumes released during heating in the dryer are also toxic.
Green Living Tips Alternatives:
1. A small and secure cloth bag with dried herbs and flowers that you can put in with your laundry when drying.
2. A few drops of fragrant, essential oils on a small cloth, it will leave your clothes smelling great.
3. Put a 1/2 cup of vinegar during the wash cycle of a load of laundry, this helps with fabric softening.
While the alternatives above do not get rid of the static cling, I do find that if you leave the clothes in the dryer for a bit afterward it reduces some of the cling. Also, once you start folding and hanging even more static cling is removed.