Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR
Sounds like fabric softner is not supposed to be that good? Could any of you post a link with information about this? I had never heard of this before and might want to stop using it if it is as bad as it sounds
Type in "toxic fabric softener" in your browser, and you'll get a lot of sites. Here's one:http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp?fetch=household
Fabric softeners are designed to reduce static in synthetic fabrics. They serve no purpose with natural fabrics. Fabric softeners may contain quarternary ammonium compounds (quats) and imidazolidinyl, both of which are known formaldehyde releasers. For about 5% of people, quats are an extreme sensitizer. They may cause a variety of asthma-like symptoms, including respiratory arrest. Exposure to formaldehyde can cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chronic fatigue and a variety of other symptoms. In lab tests formaldehyde has caused cancer and damaged DNA. Both quaternium and imidazolidinyl can cause contact dermatitis. Fabric softeners work by leaving a residue on the fabric which never completely washes out. It can cause allergic reactions through skin contact and inhalation. Fabric softeners may also contain carcinogenic coal-tar dyes, ammonia and very strong scents. When fabric softeners are exposed to hot water, heat from dryers or ironing, vapours may be emitted which can be deeply inhaled, increasing their impact."
It pollutes the air in the neighborhood, too.