Millennials have been accused of destroying many things over the years — the housing market, the diamond market, and now: fabric softeners? Sales of this traditional laundry staple have been falling over the course of the past decade, but why?
The Dangers of Fabric Softeners
Part of the reason launders love both fabric softeners and dryer sheets is that the pleasant scents stick around long after you’ve done that first load of laundry. However, the flip side of that isn’t so great. As it turns out, the chemicals that allow scents to stay in your clothes can also seep into your skin over prolonged periods of contact.
What kind of chemicals are we talking about?
- Known carcinogens (substances found to cause cancer) such as ethyl alcohol
- Fragrances and dyes that can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation
- Chemicals that can affect respiratory health and irritate eyes such as glutaraldehyde, hexylene glycol, and hydrochloric acid
The presence of chemicals is a major reason younger generations are turning away from synthetic products and seeking natural methods of softening clothes.
4 Natural Methods of Softening Fabric
Looking to clean up your laundry? Try one of these natural methods the next time you do laundry:
Switch to baking soda or white vinegar.
White vinegar has acetic acid, which helps brighten, soften, and kill odors in your laundry without staining your laundry.
Try wool dryer balls.
Wool dryer balls help to reduce static and make your clothing softer!
Invest in a water softener.
Water treatment systems filter hard minerals such as calcium and magnesium out of your water. Softer water = softer clothes!
Hard water is a problem in most areas of the country. If you’re tired of spending money on temporary solutions to softer clothing, contact our team to learn how a water softener can help!