Did you know that some of the biggest pollutants inside the typical home are conventional fabric softeners, scented candles and air fresheners? The toxic, synthetic ingredients in these products contain known carcinogens; they can cause respiratory or central nervous system issues, allergic reactions, and reproductive problems.
Here are some of the toxic ingredients in fabric softener and dryer sheets:
A few years ago, I got rid of all of these potentially toxic products. Here’s what I’ve replaced them with:
1. Wool Dryer Balls and Essential Oils
To reduce static cling and help our clothes smell fresh, I use Organic Wool Dryer Balls. They come six to a pack, last for over 1,500 loads each, are hypoallergenic and completely chemical free! I place 2 drops of essential oils like Lavender, the Purification Blend or Lemongrass on each ball before drying a load of laundry (the scent of the oil on the dry ball lasts for a few loads). The combination of the dryer balls and essential oils keep our laundry smelling fresh while free of static electricity and toxic chemicals.
2. Beeswax Candles
Beeswax candles are a fantastic natural alternative to conventional candles and help clean the air by emitting negative.
3. A Diffuser and Essential Oils
I use a diffuser and therapeutic grade essential oils in place of air fresheners and scented candles. It’s important to only use essential oils that are completely pure and free of synthetic chemicals or cut with cheaper oils to reduce costs. The fun thing about using essential oils as an air freshener is that they can also have therapeutic effects on the body. Your sense of smell is directly connected to your emotional brain. So, inhaling pure, therapeutic grade essential oils can actually make you feel more calm, reduce sad and anxious feelings, help you feel more alert, etc.
4. Glass spray bottles and essential oils
To make your own air freshener, you can fill a glass spray bottle about 3/4 of the way full with filtered water and then add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake and spray. You can make your own combinations using your favorite scents and you know exactly what’s in the bottle!
Here are some of my favorite combinations for the diffuser as well as for homemade air freshener: