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post #31 of 41
We use Arm and Hammers detergent for sensitive skin. We use uncented dryer sheets from downy I believe. The scented stuff tends to give me headaches.
post #32 of 41
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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 Softener

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.
WOW I had no idea! Now is this the liquid fabric softner or the dryer sheets? Or both?
post #33 of 41
Right now I have the gain joyful expressions. I think its apple mango tango but it could be the mandarin lime fusion. We have some kind of dryer sheets but I have no idea what kind.
post #34 of 41
Gain on both
post #35 of 41
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Do you use it for static?
Mostly, and to add a nice fresh sent to what I have.
post #36 of 41
I use Gain detergent. Sometimes a little Oxy Clean. And, if I have something stinky ( ie cat pee etc) to wash I wash it with UriNGone. No fabric softner. And I am allergic to Tide...since I was little...
post #37 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
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 Softener

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.
I'd be more concerned about breathing car emissions and second hand smoke than about fabric softeners. Way more cars on the road and people smoking every second of the day than there are fabric softeners running through dryers worldwide.
post #38 of 41
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I'd be more concerned about breathing car emissions and second hand smoke than about fabric softeners. Way more cars on the road and people smoking every second of the day than there are fabric softeners running through dryers worldwide.
It all adds up.
post #39 of 41
Well I have to be picky about laundry soap. Some gives us the hives and itchys around here and some don't. Plus something is up with our well and unscented laundry soap makes are clothes stink and feel rough. So we use Tide with Febreeze. And Snuggle blue sparkle fabric softner.
post #40 of 41
I use Tide w/ fabreese. And I also put in a little Oxyclean powder. For softener quite frankly I don't remember. Lance's mother works at a plant that makes it and she gave me a whole box of it years ago. I still have some left!
post #41 of 41
Fabric softener - never. I really could care less about having slightly softer clothes compared to all the damage it does.

And we use organic washing powder, too. Makes the clothes soft and smelling beautiful, and so much less unbiodegradable waste. It's not hard to change to these alternatives, nor do they deliver lesser results. You just have to be willing to care.
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