Using of fabric softeners is a common procedure in every home, as it gives portray an image of freshness, comfort, and sweetness.
However, the fabric softeners are made of a grim list of known toxins that enter your body by inhalation and through the skin, causing a wide range of health problems. They can be especially harmful to young children.
Here are some of the destructive ingredients, which are usually found in liquid or sheet fabric softeners:
In the 1800s up through the early 1900s, this substance was used as an anesthesia, while was discovered that it causes fatal cardiac arrhythmia. It was put on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list as a carcinogenic neurotoxin. The vapors of chloroform may cause loss of consciousness, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and drowsiness. Its effects worsen when it is heated and may aggravate disorders of the kidneys, heart or liver.
This compound causes Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders that relate to the brain and spine such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ADD, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, seizures, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Additionally, it can cause CNS problems such as aphasia, disorientation, blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, hunger, memory loss, pain in neck and spine and numbness in face. As it also irritates the mucus into the lungs, causing respiratory depression, fatal edema or pneumonia.
It irritates upper respiratory tract, causing central nervous systems (CNS) disorders, such as a headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and dramatic decreases in blood pressure.
This compound has been correlated with pancreatic cancer, and its vapors can irritate the eyes and respiratory passages. It can be also absorbed through the skin.
This fabric softener ingredient is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list too and is linked to numerous CNS disorders.
If inhaled this chemical can be harmful.
This compound is also on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list, because of its effects on irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. Its effects are also seen in causing severe headaches and loss of consciousness, as well as damaging the liver and kidneys.
This is another substance on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list, which is easily absorbed through body tissue, causing irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat. Additionally, camphor can cause confusion, dizziness, twitching muscles, nausea and convulsions.
It is well-known narcotic, which causes CNS disorders and respiratory problems. Its testing in animals resulted in death.
They are used in scented products to help the scent last longer. Phthalates have been linked to reproductive system problems and breast cancer.
This is known carcinogen, which causes irritation of the skin and eyes.
As the manufacturers are aware of the toxic chemicals in fabric softeners, the packaging on many brands includes a warning about avoiding their use on children’s sleepwear.
For that reason, many people are making their own fabric softener, which is very easily made and cost-effective. Using homemade cleaning products, such as vinegar, will help you keep harmful chemicals away. Vinegar contains small amounts of potassium and sodium, which help soften hard water.
Here is a method for preparing Natural Homemade Fabric Softener
– 1-gallon white vinegar
– 30 drops of essential oil (100% pure essential oils)
Preparation: – Both ingredients are mixed together. Pour the mixture into a storage container.
1) Dilute the vinegar mixture with water before being used in your laundry
2) For regular sizes loads, mix 3/4 cups of water with 1/4 cup of vinegar mixture
3) Pour the fabric softener into your washer during the final rinse cycle.