Green laundry

With laundry day coming up, I'm starting to think about fabric softener, what an unnecessary and toxic product it really is. I used it for years without really thinking about it.

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals - in fact, that's why they feel a little softer.A recent University of Washington study on air contaminants from fragranced consumer goods detected between 18 and 20 chemicals in each of four laundry products - including likely human carcinogens acetaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, developmental toxicants methyl ethyl ketone and chloromethane

Even worse than liquid fabric softeners are dryer sheets, whose chemicals are heated and then shot into the air for you to breathe into your lungs. ... That strong artificial scent is masking a seriously unhealthy chemical mix.

With every wash, we are pouring these toxic chemicals into the ocean and we all know by now that the ocean does not need us to dump more garbage into it.

Scary stuff, but I'm happy that more and more of us are starting to think about what is in our cleaning and skincare products. Love your skin, love our planet. Unfortunately I don'thave the possibility or line drying but I'm using a dryer ball and put a few drops of essential oil into the space where the fabric softener is supposed to go. Do you have any good tips for laundry days?