Challenge # 5- Laudry Room
Fabric softeners may contain alpha-terpineol, benzyl acetate, camphor, benzyl alcohol, limonene, ethyl acetate, pentane, and chloroform. Children's developing bodies are especially susceptible to the negative effects of chemical exposure. When these chemicals are used on clothing, some of it stays there, then our children wear these clothes and the chemicals enter their blood stream through the skin.
A natural alternative to dryer sheets would be to saturate a small rag with 1 teaspoon of a natural hair conditioner, and put that into the dryer as a homemade dryer sheet. (Hair conditioners are designed to return the hair and scalp to an acidic pH). Another suggestion would be to use 1/2 cup of vinegar in the wash cycle. (But don't use bleach at the same time—mixing vinegar and bleach may create toxic fumes.)
I am not going to list my favorite store bought product today. I don't use dryer sheets and frankly I don't mind it at all.
Here is an article I just came across on Marketplace about chemicals found in certain products. http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2011/lousylabels/ingredients.html