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Old 04-04-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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has anyone had any health problems due to fabric softener(sheets)? I was just reading about the chemicals in them. They were saying to wash your hands after handling them but I rarley did and I always smelled them up close.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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Those types of things don't make you drop dead on the spot. It takes years of being exposed to it just like how ciggs can be. People tag it as urban legend. But the ings are not exactly non-toxic. All that debate aside its cheaper just to use baking soda in the wash.
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: North Adams, MA
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Problem is you can't find out what the ingredients are in most fabric softener products. The makers simply won't tell you.

I am sensitive to them, break out in a rash, and tried to pin down the active ingredient that caused the problem.

The corporate hot lines not only wouldn't budge, they wouldn't tell me if others were having a similar problem.

I no longer use Downy, Bounce and the other big brands. Can't take a chance of losing another night to constant itching.

Zest soap did the same thing.
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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I stopped using them years ago after it finally dawned on me they were one of the causes for my sinus problems.

Sheets and towels were the loads in which I always used them and my sinus issues were always worse at night. I stopped, switched to a "Free" detergent and those night time issues stopped.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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Are liquids the same as dryer sheets? I use liquid softner on everything but towels.
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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Health Risks of Fabric Softeners
The information here can be found in several other links.
The information is proprietary so they don't have to tell you.

Get rid of chemical fabric softeners: Protect your health and the environment
Chemicals found in fabric softeners by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (this is dated, but I don't think they've changed that much).

Do you think crib death could be a result of using dryer sheets, etc?
Putting these chemicals so close to a developing baby's lungs could be deadly.

I use vinegar and baking soda or Arm & Hammer in my laundry.
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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Default "Some of these compounds are known carcinogens."

Fabric dryer sheets are toxic. Don't use them.

Toxic dryer sheets
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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I don't ever use them. I only use organic laundry products--non-scented organic laundry detergent.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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I wonder what you can use instead. I use the kind with no scent, but it would be great if a safe dryer sheet was possible. I see one site said to try essential oils, herbs.. That will not help static.
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:04 AM
 
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Put vinegar in the liquid fabric softener dispenser. Cheap. Safe. And no, your clothes won't smell like vinegar.
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