Dryer sheet alternative that actually works

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Dryer sheets have been a part of people's laundry routines for a very long time. It's become a routine for most people to throw in a dryer sheet with their wet laundry into the dryer to stop static cling and to provide that nice, fresh laundry scent we all know and love. In the late 1960s, a chemist named Conrad J. Gaiser came up with the idea for these dryer sheets when he and his wife, Audrey, lived in an apartment building. Since the building's laundry room was on the lowest floor, and they were on the top floor, Audry would have to make it to the machine before the rinse cycle to add in some fabric softener. Conrad worked in the soap and detergent industry for years, and he wanted to make doing laundry much easier for his wife and everyone else. He got the idea to put some of the fabric softener onto a piece of cotton fabric and toss it into the dryer along with the clothes. He called these dryer sheets Tumble Puffs. He then sold the rights to his invention to Procter & Gamble, who sold them as Bounce dryer sheets.

The dryer sheets have been popular ever since, but more recently, studies have been done showing that they are actually quite toxic containing carcinogens and hazardous pollutants. There were also volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in them. But the great news is, you can do your laundry without dryer sheets, and before Bounce came out in the 1960s, people had been doing their laundry just fine without them. These laundry cleaning tips from Lemons Lavander and Laundry will teach you how to eliminate static cling and still have a nice fresh scent to your laundry without using the toxic dryer sheets. You can, of course, dry out your laundry on clothes lines in your yard, which will save energy and give you fresh smelling clothes. Or, you can try using aluminium foil balls which is basically just a ball of foil tossed in with your laundry. You can also make laundry sheets with some vinegar and water with essential oils, but these may not reduce static cling.

You can make your own dryer balls from 100% wool yarn or buy them at the store. It's a surprising hack, but pinning a safety pin to your dryer balls will help to eliminate or at least reduce static cling. To make your own wool dryer balls get yourself some wool yarn, then wrap the yarn several times around your pointer and middle finger. Then pinch the bunch of yarn in the middle and wrap the yarn around the middle area. Keep on wrapping and wrapping the yarn until it becomes a ball, about the size of a tennis ball or a bit smaller. Then cut the end piece and tuck it into the ball to secure it. You can then add a few drops of essential oils to your dryer ball to create a nice fresh scent. Then, add the pin before you toss it into the dryer with your clothes. The pin will absorb some of the static caused by the pieces of clothing rubbing up against each other which causes friction and generates static electricity. Make a couple of your own dryer balls and add pins to them to see how this works for you. It might be the best alternative to dryer sheets you've ever tried. You can also make your own laundry detergent as conventional laundry detergent tends to have a lot of toxins in it too. Lemons Lavander and Laundry also features diy laundry detergent recipes as well.***

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