Many people are being cautious about what goes in the laundry. A staple for many is Liquid Detergent (which I will elaborate more on another day) and Dryer Sheets/Fabric Softner.
According to Sixwise.com, here are some of the most harmful ingredients in dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener alike include benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders), limonene (a known carcinogen) and chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen).
Dryer sheets are made of polyester fibers or polyurethane foam coated in fatty acids, fatty alcohols, alcohol ethoxylates, quaternary ammonium salts of fatty acids, stearic acid, and synthetic fragrance which often contains chemicals that are considered irritating, hazardous or toxic. These fatty acids may be derived from beef fats also known as tallow.
Our skin is the biggest organ in our body and when these toxins are heavy in your clothes, they absorb in our skin, yikes!!!!! A fun, simple, Earth friendly way to replace dryer sheets or fabric softner is to simply use wool dryer balls.
Wool dryer balls are a natural product, made of sheep’s wool, which is rolled into a ball and felted to produce tighter, solid wool balls. They pair nicely with Soap Nuts. (Use soap nuts in replace of laundry detergent). soap nuts
What about the scent? Wool balls are scent free. But, if you would like to add scent, sprinkle a few drops of essential oil on one and rub them on the others. The beauty of this is you can change your fragrance and it is safe for your family and toxic free!! Whoo hoo! I love lavender for bed sheets (scent lasts a few loads), and lemongrass in the spring. Purification is a another favorite, it's a great clean, crisp scent. To order oils, click on this link. https://www.youngliving.org/sjkaufer33 These are Young Living oils sold by my inspiring sister-in law. What I love about these oils is that they are food grade, so no worries!!
Interested in wool balls? Click this link to check them out!- Wool Balls.
As always, feel free to post comments or question below.
With Mother's Day just a few days ago, many of us received fresh cut beautiful flowers. What's the trick to keep them lasting longer? I've heard sprite, vodka, sugar. Anyone hear of any others?
It would fun to do a Mythbusters, to see which one actually works. Well guess what? Someone already has done the leg work. And the results are interesting! You most likely already have these items in your house.
I came across this post a few weeks ago and thought it would be fun to share with you!
Mythbusters "How to keep flowers fresh longer." https://www.ftd.com/blog/create/mythbusters-keep-flowers-fresh-longer
Is there really plastic in bread you buy at the store? Yes. Some companies add the chemical "azodicarbonamide" which is a plastic foaming agent they use in sneakers and yoga mats.
Why would they put plastic in bread? My assumption is to make it "appealing" to consumers. When this chemical is added, it makes the bread spongy. Therefore, when you feel the tops of the loaves of breads at the grocery (I'm totally guilty of this) to see which is the freshest bread, it will bounce back into shape no matter how old it is, eeekkk!
I discovered this chemical in my bread several years ago when I really started getting cautious about chemicals.
Anything I couldn't pronounce, I would search to see what it was. Why would people think to put plastic in bread? It just doesn't make any sense. Plastic is not part of any food groups, nor will it ever be!
Due to many complaints from customers, Subway took that ingredient out of their bread. Here is an article from the New York Daily News. They list have a list of other food that contain this chemical. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/yoga-mat-chemical-found-500-grocery-items-report-article-1.1706644
What are some alternatives?? Always read your labels! When I go to the grocery store, I have found almost every bread contains azodicarbonamide. There are two breads that I have found that doesn't contain this chemical.
I also started making my own bread. You don't need a bread maker and it's quick and easy!! And of course YUMMY!
1 pkg .yeast or 2 tsp.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. raw honey
1 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in 1 1/4 cups warm water in large mixer bowl. Add oil, sugar, honey, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat for 2 mins. at medium speed with electric mixer. Blend in remaining flour with spoon till smooth. Grease loaf pan. Kneed bread for 2 minutes. Add some flour if it gets sticky. Transfer to loaf pan. Cover for 30 mins in warm place. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 mins