By: Annie B Bond
A few days after friend’s daughter started doing some office work for me, I became bothered by the smell of dryer sheets from her clothes. I had to ask her to stop using them — at least on the clothes she wore when she came to my house. She said she was glad to comply, but didn’t know you could dry clothes without using dryer sheets. My jaw hung open, and I marveled at the power of advertising.
Are you bothered when you walk through your neighborhood and the smell of dryer sheets/fabric softener wafts into the air from dryer vents? The smell has become ubiquitous — and those fumes can cause burning skin, respiratory irritation, anxiety attacks, nervous system disorders, and irritability. And those are just the short-term reactions that you can feel. Also concerning are the long-term effects on your liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract from toxic chemicals such as benzyl acetate, A-terpineol, camphor, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde and more. (Just go put any one of these chemicals into scorecard.org’s database of toxins to learn about the scary health effects.)
But yes, Virginia, there is a way to run the dryer without a dryer sheet. In fact, there are at least six!