Most people use their washing machine and dryer on a daily basis. The normal wash cycle typically consists of laundry detergent plus a fabric softener, and then a dryer sheet when drying. But the chemicals in the dryer sheets and fabric softeners that we think we need for our clothes to come out looking new and smelling fresh are actually considered some of the most toxic pernicious chemicals of all the products in the household.
Synthetic ingredients that produce the fragrance are some of the hardest chemicals to remove because they are intended to cling to fabric, which can be hazardous to the body because they are absorbed through the skin when wearing these items.
Unfortunately, most people are unaware of this issue because their constant exposure to these chemicals makes it impossible for them to realize the impact it can have on their health. Every time we dry our freshly cleaned clothes or towels, chemicals from the dryer sheets and fabric softener heat up and transfer the toxins. After changing to using healthier cleaning products, the best thing we can do is to detox our washer and dryers.
One way to do that is to spray the inside of the washer and dryer with an all natural all-purpose cleaner or vinegar, then let it sit for five to 10 minutes and wipe down with a damp microfiber towel and run a sanitation cycle, same for the dryer. It can take multiple different cycles to fully detox the laundry.
Another alternative is to use laundry detergent with vinegar when washing anything with an odor, like towels or sweaty clothes, and baking soda with the whites. Wool dryer balls are a great alternative with a scent of a favorite essential oil fragrance when drying clothes in the dyer; line dry outside if possible.
Sadie Wainwright is the owner of The Pure Living Company, a chemical-free home and office cleaning service located in Dallas – Fort Worth. For more information contact her at 972-975-7873, or visit ThePureLivingCo.com