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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Organic DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe Compilation

I just used the last bits of pumpkin spice sugar scrub I made in October 2015. Five months and still perfectly good, even with canned pumpkin in it! Thank you essential oils!

Now I'm so spoiled. LOL! I love using sugar scrub at the end of my shower for EASY, deep moisturizing so I always have some on hand. :-)

Today I made a huge batch of sugar scrub base and will store the extra until it's needed.

I can scoop it out and add my oils d'jour! I'm going to try jade lemon and spearmint for a fresh invigorating 'spring' in my step.

I love having a canning jar funnel for mess-free sugar scrubs, bath salts and...canning. Lol. If you don't own one--you totally need one. Click the picture to link to Amazon and get your own!  

Here are some other sugar scrub recipes we've done. Click for the recipes:

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Make washing soda from baking soda - easy DIY! Laundry Series post 3

Thanks to Sarah with Nature's Nurture for this awesome tip! Link to her blog is below.

We’re turning baking soda into washing soda this week! A good number of my homemade products require the use of washing soda, but for every item I post that uses washing soda, I always get a few comments asking where you can find it. It’s true, sometimes it’s a little hard to find – even I had trouble the first time around. (It’s usually in the laundry aisle or can be found on Amazon, by the way.)

But for those who live in rural areas, or without large grocery stores, it’s still hard to track down. So in my search for the best place to buy washing soda for one of our readers, I stumbled upon this idea from Penny at Penniless Parenting that you can actually turn baking soda into washing soda, simply by baking it!

I know, it sounds weird, but just bear with me. As Penny explains...

The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water (steam), and carbon dioxide.

So, the steam and carbon dioxide are released during the cooking process, leaving you with… washing soda! See? Now, don’t I sound all smart and science-y? :)

The process is really simple. Just heat your oven to 400 F (or 200 C), sprinkle some baking soda on a shallow pan, and bake it for about half hour, until it changes composition. You should also stir it up occasionally, just so that it bakes more evenly.

So how do you know when it changes into washing soda? That part takes a little more work; just a closer, watchful eye. Once you know the differences between the 2 sodas, you’ll be able to tell in no time. Penny breaks it down like this: Baking soda is powdery, crystallized like salt, and clumps together. Washing soda is grainy, dull and opaque, and is separate grains. You can see the difference below: baking soda on the left, and washing soda on the right.

That’s it! See? I told you it was simple! Now you can go make liquid laundry detergent, powdered laundry detergent, and dishwasher detergent, without worrying about where to score your next box of washing soda. http://naturesnurtureblog.com/ttt-turn-baking-soda-into-washing-soda/

It's Kristina Bee with Anointed By Abba! :-) Isn't that fabulous?!? I love to add washing soda to my white loads with lemon oil and peroxide for super duper bright whites! And I can't always find it, even in a big city like Phoenix so, this is very good to know!

If you haven't had the chance to read about the dangers of fabric softener in post #1 of our laundry series, please click here. Our mission is to educate ourselves on what we are putting on our bodies, because IT DOES MATTER!! Believe me, I taste the essential oils that go on my SKIN! Also, we don't want to forget this stuff gets in our WATER SUPPLY, and therefore our food.

We use essential oils on Smart Sheep Wool dryers balls and in Laundry Scenting Spray (post #2 - also a wrinkle-reducer!) instead of commercial softeners. Less expensive BY FAR, and better for everyone. If you can't get rid of softener completely (GUILTY!), reduce it. You can do that! :-) Click on the affiliate links or the pictures to order these or other similar products from Amazon.

We still have a bunch more to say about laundry. Stay tuned!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Eggcellent Bath Bombs

I'm crazy about taking a bath. Some of the previous blogs prove that! So when my friend Miss Susie told me that one of the things that she absolutely loves is a bath bomb from an upscale store, I HAD to try making them.

These are a total FAIL in the way they looked, but they do work and I learned a lot. Wanna good chuckle? Here's the scoop - affiliate links are included so you can make a DIY fail, too! ๐Ÿ˜œ

In a large stainless steel or glass bowl, whisk together these dry ingredients:

1/2 c. baking soda
1/4 c. epsom salt
1/4 c. corn starch

Combine wet ingredients in an EO safe container:

3 tsp. sweet almond oil
1 Tbsp. water
20-30 drops EO of choice

Slowly pour the wet into the dry ingredients while whisking, tiny bits at a time.

Once mixed, add 
1/4 c. citric acid

**The recipe I followed had citric acid added IN with the dry ingredients, but I had SO much better luck on batch #2, saving it to add at the very end**  


My first attempt is a total Pinterest fail, but I did get an ab workout laughing my --- off!  I mentioned saving the citric acid til the end... Pretty sure having it in from the beginning was a fail factor. And also, what I can tell you with absolute certainty is DO NOT OVER STUFF YOUR MOLDS. It will find a way out. I ended up duct taping the eggs shut. LOL. 

Have any of you seen the movie "The Blob"? LOL! It just wouldn't STOP! I ended up shaving the excess off this 
behemoth about 10 times and stuffing the remnants into silicone flower molds. It was very easy to remove these mini bombs from silicone molds, BTW--the plastic eggs? Not so much... I conclude it's best to pack in your mixture lightly. 

The best result I had was with a small Easter egg that had the top 1/2 attached, lightly packed. ;-) That one is perfect, and yes, I filled the tops and bottoms at the same time.

 So, that's what "The Blob" looked like after 20 surgeries and 24 hours to dry! Isn't that marbling pretty? I got that look by taking part of the mixed bath bomb mixture and adding about a 1/4 c. organic hibiscus flower powder in a separate bowl and layering it into my plastic egg molds.

Next time I wouldn't mind using a metal bath bomb mold or trying some different recipes
These bombs end up getting really hard, and they were not easy to remove from the 2 piece plastic eggs in 1 piece! Some have cracks and some broke. The survivors weren't all perfectly shaped, but I know my daughter won't care. :-) She'll be so excited. 

*I added dried organic blueberries that had been crushed in the food processor to my water for the natural color. That part turned out pretty good! I was worried it might stain my fiberglass tub, but it wasn't a problem at all. I also tried adding chopped lavender flowers to a few of them for grins & giggles. I
t was relaxing and a great idea but it made for a messy bath. 

Miss Susie, you are so right... Bath bombs ARE fun. :-) With all the quality essential oil choices we have at Young Living, this could be my new addiction. After a pro tutorial, of course.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Laundry Scenting Spray - Laundry post 2

In the 1st post of the laundry series, I shared lots of the dangers of conventional fabric softener and how the wool dryer balls do THE best job softening my laundry, toxin-free. I left off saying I'd share how I scent my laundry. So here it is!

We love easy-peasy, mac-n-cheesy, might help a wheezy.... recipezees! LoL! That is, simplicity with many functions. ๐Ÿ˜Š That's exactly what we have here.

Add 7-10 drops of your favorite Young Living Essential Oils to a 16 oz glass spray bottle filled with water, and nothing else is required. 
I've found this is the best way for me to get a noticeable scent on my clothes. 

This works FABULOUSLY as a wrinkle eraser. ๐Ÿ˜Š I normally put my clothes on hangers immediately after they come out of the dryer, give them a good spritzing and any wrinkles fall right out. (*If you prefer to just add scent - no wrinkle releasing needed - simply increase the amount of essential oil, and spritz less)

I usually give myself a good spritzing too. :-) Who doesn't need a lift when they're doing laundry?! Which brings me to another function of using this spray, and that is aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is real thing! On the other side of your nose is the amygdala (uh-mig-duh-luh) part of the brain. The amygdala is connected by a tract full of olfactory nerves, which carry nerve impulses associated with smell. Interestingly, the amygdala is also the brain's emotional center as well as being responsible for storing our memories. Truth! This is why scents can have such a profound impact on how we feel. If a smell can instantly transport you to your grandmother's kitchen, rocking a baby, or playing outside as a child, it's understandable how scents can have a measurable effect on us, even at physiological levels.

In our house, Purification is a go-to for this spray all year long. Invigorating and clean. I mix it up sometimes... It's how I have fun after 40. Lol! Here are some other combos I use:

Lemongrass is a FABULOUS choice because of how much scent you get for so little (and the fact that bugs don't like how it smells) as well as LAVENDER. We won't forget you lavvy!!

Some of those blends are labeled diffuser recipes. Mmhmm! That's what we are doing, essentially. Tee hee hee. Diffusing.

When we breathe in essential oil, apply it topically or ingest it, it gets in our blood stream, does it's job and it gets out. We metabolize essential oil very quickly, usually within a half hour. The affects may last longer, but because it's a substance our body recognizes, it doesn't store it like it would petrochemicals. It's a lipid, and our cells are lipids too. So essential oils can carry nutrients like oxygen into our cells and carry wastes out with grace and ease. 

Every oil is made up of hundreds of chemical constituents and has different attributes that help our bodies restore balance. Cool, huh?! Who knew essential oils could do all THAT!? I almost forgot, we were talking about safe ways to scent laundry! This way happens to better than safe. It promotes good health for us and our planet. 

Here's a link to buy a variety of essential oil-safe spray bottles on Amazon, as well as a few choices for fun, decorative stickers and labels if you need them. I love when functionality can be pretty too. :-)

If you have some blend combinations you love, please feel free to comment with your favorites!

There are more laundry tips to come. REALLY, really cool ones. Stay tuned!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Organic & all natural SPF protection options

If I haven't mentioned it before, I am part of an AMAZING team! Together we create some bomb alternative recipes we hope you'll make a part of your lives. As you're ready to make different changes, you'll see how easy they are and get more confident in your ability to DIY. For me this was a total paradigm shifter. The idea that I could make my own soap or lip balm... left my jaw open. This one is a total wowzer too. If I can do this, YOU CAN DO THIS! We've found that in addition to these being clean, health-boosting products for our families and our environment we are also saving money.

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My sponsor, Tracey Campbell, is totes genius. She used the body butter recipe below (more recipes & tips here: Better Body Butter Blog) and added a Tbsp of non-nano zinc oxide per 2 ounces to the prepared body butter for a toxin free sun lotion! Isn't that smart? She also reported back that it worked, and it worked well! 
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Welcome back! :-) Tracey added a few drops each - Lavender, Tea Tree, and Peppermint Young Living Essential Oils and she went heavy on the Carrot Seed Essential Oil for extra skin support. Did you know carrot seed oil may have a natural SPF?? I love all there is to be grateful for in God's plants! It's also a relatively inexpensive oil, so be sure to order yourself some of that while its in stock.

Other essential oils that may offer natural protection are helichrysum and sandalwood. They're both just - skin magic, in my opinion, but they are expensive. You can add your own oil choices to these recipes, but please stay away from the citruses which can be photosensitive. The majority of sun protection will come from adding the non-nano zinc oxide to your recipes.

Tracey applied the same tablespoon per 2 ounces concept to 'the bomb lip balm' - plus, kicked it up a notch by putting it in a handy deodorant tube! How's that for easy application!?! The woman is a GENIUS! (the below recipe makes approximately 6 balms or 1 deodorant tube)

At a conversion rate of a half ounce per tablespoon, you'll want to mix 3 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide into this lip balm recipe while in it's liquefied state, or you can always add more depending on your needs... Another way to gauge your non-nano zinc oxide to balm/butter ratio is @ 25% of the weight of the product. So, if you make an 8 oz. body butter, add in 2 ounces of the non-nano zinc oxide for a sun protection factor of about 20. WOW!

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When making an SPF body butter or balm, keep in mind they should be kept in the cooler by the beer and Stress Away to protect the oil's properties. (Ultra Light beer + Stress Away = my mental vacation :-)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Laundry series: Part 1- Reducing Fabric Softener

Truth time. I have been meaning to do a post about laundry for the longest time. I feel like I have SO much to say about it that I felt too overwhelmed to git'R'done. So, I'm going to start with a super simple solution and go from here. 

I want to be completely honest with everyone and let you know that I am not 100% 'au natural'... I'm getting better all the time, but sometimes I just need that poison fabric softener! :-( Well? I must tell you my truth! I'll provide facts as well as opinions, and the best part is... you get to make your own decisions! :-)

What I have done successfully is reduce the amount of commercial fabric softeners that I use on my family's clothes, and quite drastically at that. It's a great savings in dollars AND in toxins, so I feel good about doing better for my family. That's what my journey is about and I am passionate about encouraging you to do the same. Constant improvement, at your own pace. (Because stressing out is counterproductive!) I'm also a proponent of individual choices, nicely complemented with adequate education - but the education part seems to happen more like friend-to-friend. That said, after researching for this post, I will be making another drastic reduction in the use of this household product and trying harder to shake this out of our home altogether, like a good friend should.

I've shared why synthetic fragrance in air freshener is so bad, but fabric softeners are one of THE most toxic products we use in our homes today. At the very least, we can all reduce the amount we use. Here's what a doctor with the Environmental Working Group has to say about it.

Have we all seen the video of the dryer lint screen? If not, please click and watch. It's under 2 minutes and worth the eye-opening experience. We are covering our clothes in toxic goo that rubs onto us, and our bodies are taking it in.

Today I'd like to share one way that I have reduced the amount of fabric softener and that is with.... ***drumroll*** WOOL DRYER BALLS! ***cymbal crash***

***horns toot, 'Ta-daah!'*** :-)

Have you heard of these? I never had until I became a Young Living member and began to look for ways to reduce synthetic fragrance. Now, I see these 
all over the place in our oily circles and thought they weren't anything new, but after the class I hosted the other day, it's apparent there's much more need to share about this alternative product!

A couple impressive features of wool dryer balls are that they do an outstanding job of softening clothes and reducing static cling without adding ANYTHING AT ALL. So, there ya go! :-) They do a super job of fluffing things up and speeding up your whole drying process, too.

They also come in handy for me when I only have a couple things that need to go in the dryer. I put three or four dryer balls in with my items and they keep the clothes tumbling instead of smooshing up against the dryer drum wall. (hated that!) For today's healthier families, wool dryer balls are a must.

If you'd like to add essential oils to the dryer balls I have to recommend a few things:

1) They must be Young Living oils. Using a cheapie is no crime, but I know most other companies add synthetic oils that may stain your clothes, and I would sure hate for you to ruin something expensive while trying to save money. I've not had that happen with Young Living Essential Oils. Ever.

2) You may want to use a low-heat dryer cycle. That's because exposure to heat kills what's good in our oil. It's also come to my attention that high heat = crispy clothes, sooo...maybe "ix-nay" on high heat is in order, anyway. I am in the Arizona desert though, so if you're not ready to part ways with high heat, you can always pull out a few of the wool dryer balls and add oils when the cycle is complete. Then toss them back in and set your dryer for 10 extra cool, delicious minutes.

3) Avoid synthetic fabrics. Wow, weird suggestion, right? But I can see that it's true! Synthetic fabrics have more static cling and softness issues than natural fabrics. Mmmhm. One synthetic piece of clothing can 'static up' your whole load. Natural fabric is fabulous! (I ❤️ you, cotton!) I hadn't heard this before, but I will certainly be more conscious of this going forward.

4) You get to decide how much oil you use. I would suggest starting with about 4-6 drops on 4-6 dryer balls, wherever you feel comfortable. I like a lot of scent so I use oils like lemongrass, which is inexpensive and has a very powerful aroma. (One of many added bonuses is how much insects dislike lemongrass!)

I use the wool dryer balls because they do a fantastic job of getting clothes SOFT and help prevent wrinkling, but I do not add oil to them as often as I used to. (You want the truth, right?) I'm weird--I like to preserve the oil's health-promoting properties! (They're MORE than fragrance.)

I also like to get a little more bang for my buck, scent-wise, and I break my softening and my scenting down into two steps most of the time. 

So - next laundry post, I will share how I add more SCENT to my family's clothes with surprisingly, very little of my Young Living Essential Oils. I'
ll keep adding to this series of posts with other things I do to clean, soften and scent my laundry until allll my little goodies are shared, and we'll have a little giveaway - I can't wait! ;-)

When looking for information I noticed I'm finding more articles that downplay dangers of synthetic fragrance and even appear to shun natural substances. Here is a little blurb I found about fragrance that had more a neutral stance, still cringe-worthy to me. They really try to play up the synthetics! If you don't want to read it, here's MY summation: Don't believe what you see. (If a rise in genetic issues and the addition of...lab created crap we see in EVERYTHING today is really unrelated, that is one helluva coincidence!) In that same link I included some input from Dr. Mercola, whom I respect and trust, and we'll hear much more from him in upcoming posts.

After researching more, I understand now, that the industry has basically created it's own little fragrance safety council, called the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). They, um, self-regulate. Mmhm. And RIFM is the Research Institute of Fragrance Materials that does the extensive, independent testing on 'fragrance material' with a panel of experts, who then publishes it's findings with IFRA. Sooo...

I wanted to share some of the ingredients that are in today's fabric softeners and after pulling this up, I decided to try harder to get rid of this crap. I am sitting here with my jaw open and I actually have tears welling up. Please take an honest look with me at P&G's fabric softener ingredient list (They must be regulated by the Association of OMG)

I would not be doing my job if I did not make sure you knew that companies are practically allowed to get away with murder when it comes to 'fragrance'. That one word encompasses SO much that companies are not required to reveal to consumers, even if it's something known to be harmful, because the business' trade secrets are protected! OK, so yeah, I'm over the fact the big businesses and the government are in bed together. Back to happy thoughts...everyone, grab your favorite oil! Inhale...

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Did you feel that? Your BP just dropped by 15 points. LOL. Oh, lavvy. XOXO

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Toxic Dangers of Fabric Softener & Dryer Sheets - Sixwise.com


Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets:

  • Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
  • Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
  • A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
  • Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

So how could products with pretty names like Soft Ocean Mist, Summer Orchard and April Fresh be so dangerous? 

The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong smelling -- so strong that they require the use of these heavy fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover up the smells. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics, which are the reason fabric softeners were created in the first place, do not smell good either when heated in a dryer or heated by our bodies ... hence the need for even more hefty fragrances. 

In other words, remove all the added fragrance that endears people to fabric softeners and -- like the clichรฉ wolf in sheep's clothing -- the real smells of the chemical-laced fabric softener and the synthetic fabrics they were designed around may prompt people to shoot their laundry machines and be done with it. 

Are "Soft" Clothes Worth It?
Fabric softeners are made to stay in your clothing for long periods of time. As such, chemicals are slowly released either into the air for you to inhale or onto your skin for you to absorb. Dryer sheets are particularly noxious because they are heated in the dryer and the chemicals are released through dryer vents and out into the environment. 

Health effects from being exposed to the chemicals in fabric softeners include:
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
  • Pancreatic cancer
    full article here

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Information about fragrance

Fragrance (Synthetic Fragrance)Fragrances are complex compounds comprised of aromatic raw materials, at least one of which is not a natural aromatic raw material as defined above. A fragrance may contain natural aromatics in combination with synthetics, or could be 100% synthetic.

Synthetic aromatic raw materials have either been chemically created (mostly from petroleum), or started as naturals and have had their chemical structure modified. Synthetic aromatic raw materials fall into the categories of chemically modified natural raw materials, nature identical raw materials and aroma chemicals that do not exist in nature.

Chemically modified natural raw materials: The starting point for these materials is natural, but chemical processes (such as acetylation) have been employed to change the chemical structure of the raw material, rendering it non-natural.

Nature identical raw materials: These are synthetics, created through reactive chemistry that have the same chemical structure of naturals, but do not come from botanicals. Most often, the starting point for these aroma chemicals is petroleum. A good example is synthetic linalool, which is chemically identical to linalool that is fractionally distilled from lavender oil, but it is not derived from a plant.

Aroma chemicals that do not exist in nature: These are synthetic aroma chemicals produced through chemical reactions that have no corresponding natural aroma chemical. An example is methyl dihydrojasmonate, a soft diffusive floral note.

Natural vs. Synthetic Fragrance
Natural fragrances have greater perceived value as they are believed to be greener and more sustainable by many consumers. They are often perceived to be safer and more healthful and therapeutic. Some of these consumer perceptions are not necessarily accurate, but they drive demand for naturals. Natural fragrances are generally made from ingredients harvested from sustainably grown plants rather than from petrochemicals. Synthetic fragrances can be stronger, longer lasting, more complex and sophisticated and less expensive than natural fragrances. Although the palette of natural ingredients from which the perfumer can draw has increased substantially of late, there are many more synthetic aroma chemicals available, allowing the perfumer greater creative freedom. Synthetic fragrances are easier to manufacture as their components are more reproducible from lot to lot. Despite the technical advantages of synthetics, demand for natural aromatics continues to increase rapidly. (article site)

  • Mmm, yeah. Ya think!?! If the rise in genetic issues and the addition of...fake crap...we see in EVERYTHING today is unrelated, that is one helluva coincidence

  • This is only a tiny excerpt of what Dr. Mercola has to say about fragrance in general. We will be exploring much more on Dr. Mercola's studies of commercially made household laundry and cleaning products.

Fabric softeners are designed to reduce static in synthetic fabrics. They work by leaving a residue on the fabric that never completely washes out. In fact, companies design these fabric softeners to BE tenacious and long lasting in clothing, especially the fragrances. They even have a name for it: "fragrance substantivity."
Are these chemical agents as persistent in your body as they are in your clothing? It's anyone's guess, because the health effects haven't been studied. This tenacious residue can cause allergic reactions through skin contact (contact dermatitis) and inhalation. When exposed to hot water, or heat from dryers, or ironing, vapors from product residues are emitted that can be inhaled, increasing their effects in your body. But the long-term effects are simply not known.

EWG's take on fabric softener

Fabric softeners contain toxic ingredients that are bad for your health and the environment. EWG recommends that laundry doers just say 'no'. 

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are relative newcomers to the laundry room. They were designed to make our clothes feel a little softer and less staticky - and to line the cleaning products industry's pockets. Most also blast our clothing with potent fragrances. We took a closer look at the chemistry of common fabric softeners, and we don't like what we see (or smell).

How do fabric softeners work?

Manufacturers market liquid or dry crystal fabric softeners for washing machine rinse cycles and dryer sheets for the dryer. A few laundry detergents claim to have a bit of softening built in, though that "Touch of Downy" may not make much of a difference in the way clothes feel.

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. The most common softening chemicals are called "quats" (short for quaternary ammonium compounds) and include such chemical mouthfuls as diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride, dialkyl dimethyl ammonium methyl sulfate, dihydrogenated palmoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate and di-(palm carboxyethyl) hydroxyethyl methyl ammonium methyl sulfate.

Of course, difficult pronunciation does not necessarily mean danger, but in this case it does clarify that we're talking chemicals here, not vague, wonderful softness (as the advertisers would like you to believe). Quats are in many cleaning products, including most antibacterial wipes.

So what's so bad about quats?

The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a leading international authority on asthma, calls these chemicals "asthmagens," substances that can cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy people. With asthma affecting nearly 1 in 10 American children, it makes sense to avoid exposing kids unnecessarily to asthma-causing chemicals.

Many quats have antibacterial qualities. While it might sound useful to keep clothes germ-free, freshly washed clothes are already plenty clean, and overuse of quats may lead to development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

And what about that "fresh, clean scent?"

The mystery mixtures that provide the jolt of fragrance in fabric softeners and dryer sheets can contain hundreds of untested chemicals, including toxic ingredients like phthalates and synthetic musks - both suspected hormone disruptors. Fragrances are among world's top five allergens. 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, and allergens like linalool.

I don't want this in my laundry and my neighbors probably don't want it in the dryer air that vents in their direction. Turns out that air gets contaminated, too.

A few fabric softeners for babies or people with sensitive skin are fragrance-free but still contain quats.

Green options for the wash:

To reduce your family's exposure to untested, unnecessary chemicals that can cause asthma, allergies and other health problems, simply skip the fabric softeners and dryer sheets. It's easier, healthier and cheaper to just say no. If you can't live without that extra softness, try using 1/2 cup of white vinegar per load during the rinse cycle as a natural fabric softener. And while you're at it, hang it out to dry, too - that fresh, outdoor smell might just be better.

The above article was written by Senior Scientist Rebecca Sutton, PhD. Stay tuned to Anointed By Abba for some great ideas for softness and great scents.