from Reader's Digest May 2013
Did you notice that skin disorders has the highest percentage for doctor visits?
If you are part of this group, or know of someone that is, try using our wool dryer balls instead of chemical laden dryer sheets.
Our skin is a sponge and soaks up toxins from everything we come in contact with, even the air.
I'm sure you could imagine, or have experienced, what wearing a garment coated in synthetic perfumes chemicals and petroleum from dryer sheets could do to your skin. Eczema, acne, and rashes top the list of reactions. And that's just our skin.
Dryer sheets are also notorious for causing migraines, breathing difficulties, nerve disorders, and anxiety.
How are those little sheets of horror still being sold you ask? They're not required to list all of their ingredients. They're similar to cleaning products. And we aaaalllll know what those guys get away with.
I'll list the ingredients of our Leaping Sheep Wool Dryer Balls right now.
2. The occasional piece of hay if it was missed in the cleaning process. (Very rare)
3. Non-toxic dye.
Give them a try. Your skin doesn't lie.
If you are worried you'll miss the scent of dryer sheets you can add about 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil right on the dryer balls. The scent will permeate your clothing just like a dryer sheet. Some of our favorites are lavender, rose and lemon.
Lavender is the most popular smell sold in dryer sheets so maybe start with that one if you're looking for an easy transition.
You can find essential oils online and at your local health food store. I've also noticed the larger grocery store chains are starting to carry a wide variety in their natural and organic health sections.
The only essential oil I've seen at WalMart is Tea Tree oil.
It has a medicinal smell and is labeled as a treatment for skin disorders. I use it mixed with vinegar in a spray bottle for the kitchen and bathroom, I dab it on cuts, I've used it to keep fleas off the dogs, I spray it diluted in my children's hair as a lice prevention, and I use it in the washer machine as a disinfectant (do not mix with bleach). If we're fighting a sickness, or were exposed to something, I add it to our dryer balls for added disinfecting powers during the drying cycle.
Basically, you need to lose the dryer sheets and move on to something healthier for you and your loved ones. It's so easy to do and if you use 4-6 Leaping Sheep Wool Dryer Balls in the dryer instead you'll never miss a beat. And the more you use the better.
You see, instead of coating your clothing with a slippery slime like dryer sheets, the wool dryer balls keep your clothes moving and free flowing by bouncing around (you can actually hear it). This prevents static and wrinkles because the clothes aren't rubbing together as much and they're not pushed up against the side of the dryer in a big clump getting wrinkles BBQ'd into them.
Like I said, it's worth a try. The statistics are proof that we need to step up our game on trying a few home remedies here and there instead of being a victim of big business advertising and deceit.
Leaping Sheep Wool Dryer Balls: No bull, just wool.