I’ve never been a big dryer sheet person. Tha’s probably because my mom doesn’t use them. She, along with my sister, dad and me, have suuuper sensitive skin. My dad can only use one kind of detergent — it’s nuts.
I remember how noticeably fresher my clothes smelled anytime I borrowed some from my roommate in college.
But only recently did I find out that, that “fresher” smell wasn’t necessarily cleaner or actually fresher. It was just riddled with miscellaneous fragrances.
You might think “fragrance” is synonymous with essential oil or plant-based or natural, or any of the other trendy words people use nowadays when marketing.
But actually the term “fragrance” is a bit ambiguous. It’s an umbrella term that’s used to describe chemicals that are found in your products. Sadly, a lot of those chemicals have been linked to hormone issues and even cancer. And “fragrances” can be found in tons of products we use everyday, from cosmetics and cleaning products to pads and tampons.
I’m not a purist. I don’t think everyone HAS to use organic or that you should be terrified to ever touch something that has government-induced chemicals in it. Good luck getting through life that way, fam!
But I do think it’s better to be safe and opt for sustainable/environmentally positive products as much as possible. There are plenty of studies that show phthalates and parabens aren’t good for us… so I’m gonna steer clear from those bad boys as much as I can.
There’s a whole lot of research that’s been done on this topic, but here‘s one source that’s helpful from Huffington Post. And here’s another one from the Environmental Working Group. In the EWG post, it talks about how styrene (styrofoam) has been found in some of the products that contain “fragrance.” Interesting!
Anyways! Back to dryer sheets….
I recently bought some wool dryer balls from Package Free Shop. They’re 100% compostable and will last for years! Hooray for zero waste/sustainable stuff!
All you’ve gotta do is put a few drops of essential oil on your dryer balls and throw them in the dryer with your clothes.
I really like to use eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree and citrus. Sometimes I mix a few essential oils together and other times I just use eucalyptus or lavender the whole time.
If you’re interested in finding out where I buy my essential oils, check out my essential oil page here. I choose Young Living essential oils for lots of reasons. 🙂
Do you use dryer sheets or dryer balls? What essential oils do you like to use on your dryer balls?