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***
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!
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:
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.)
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! ;-)
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 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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