Dryer Sheet Danger.

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Hey gang, how are this week!? We’re doin’ mighty fine ourselves thanks for asking! Especially stoked that preorders for the ‘17/’18 models, winter feels closer than ever. Also, happy birthday Dad! For this week’s Green Tip we’re going to be taking a look at a household product that we’re probably all too familiar with; dryer sheets.

I know I already told everyone to stop using their dryers a couple weeks back(so dryer sheets should already be irrelevant in your lives!), but sometimes you just have to use the dryer if you’re in a time/weather crunch. It’s cool, happens sometimes. But next time you use your dryer, ditch those perfumey, super scented sheets for something a little more environmentally (and human) friendly.

Generic, store bought dryer sheets are great and all, except for the part where they’re actually not great at all. The sheets are composed of polyester, a (for the most part) non biodegradable material, and are coated with chemicals that can be considered toxic. Looking over a few of the chemicals to be found in dryer sheets we see Camphor, Chloroform, and Benzyl Alcohol. Now, that probably doesn’t mean anything to you since I’m not explaining what they do to you, but they’re on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list, so... What makes them so dangerous is that these chemicals get absorbed into your fabrics and can leach into sweat on your body. No thanks.

Instead of using the chemical filled synthetic material, make your own dryer sheets with some household materials and do yourself a favor. All you need is a half cup of white vinegar, tea tree oil, and whatever other essential oils you want to put in there, an old shirt or towel, and a resealable container. Mix the white vinegar with the essential oils, cut your fabric to shapes that will fit on the inside of the container, and that’s literally all it takes. The white vinegar and essential oils work together to kill bacteria and germs and leave a nice little scent on your clothes. You can reuse these bad boys until the fabric wears out if you wanted to, of course you may have to re-soak them in the solution after a couple uses.   

Overall, it’s a pretty simple and efficient way to cut some chemical use out of your life and out of the environment. It’s also a pretty decent way to reuse some old stuff and save you a few bucks!

Thanks for your time folks and thanks for reading in on another Green Tip! Give it a shot and let me know how it goes! Also if you’ve already forgotten,

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