Seven toxic chemicals commonly found in fabric softeners:
1. Alpha-Terpineol: This causes central nervous system disorders and can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.
2. Benzyl Alcohol: This causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
3. Camphor: This is on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. It is a central nervous system stimulant that causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
4. Chloroform: This is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. It is neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
5. Ethyl Acetate: This is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. It is a narcotic. It may cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).
6. Linalool: This is a narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.
7. Pentane: This causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapors causes central nervous system depression.
What else can you use to soften your clothes? Wool dryer balls. 3 balls for small/med load, 5-6 for large. You can buy a six-pack here for $17, which is a heckuva deal, since the 3 skeins of 100% pure wool yarn you’d need to make your own costs nearly that much:
But if you want to make your own, maybe cuz you already have wool yarn scraps in your craft stash, simple instructions are posted here: