We expect freshness, well-being and a pleasant scent from the fabric softeners. Tell us what we were promised in advertising. But is that really so? What is a fabric softener inside and are the ingredients harmful?
Fabric softeners contain many known and toxic ingredients that can enter the body, especially in children, through the respiratory tract and skin and cause various health problems.
Fabric softeners: A long list of harmful ingredients
Commercially available fabric softeners contain cationic surfactants that prevent solid laundry and provide a comfortable feeling. That sounds good, but these cationic surfactants are responsible for skin irritation. In addition, cationic and nonionic fabric softeners are hazardous to the environment as soon as they enter the wastewater. But even a pleasant scent in softeners agents is not really healthy. Often this is made from artificial substances. Benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, or linalool are known to interfere with the central nervous system.
The list of other harmful substances in fabric softeners is long. It ranges from polycyclic musk compounds, which can be responsible for liver damage, formaldehyde, and halogenated organic compounds, which cause allergies and can also be cancerous. During laundry, towel drying or sleeping in bedding, we absorb harmful substances through the respiratory tract and skin and are susceptible to allergies or, in the worst case, to the sick. They are also the leading cause of indoor air pollution.
Looking at the list of harmful softener ingredients actually recommends that you use this. But what if someone doesn’t want to give up scented and soft linen? There are enough alternatives to a softener such as garden air. The laundry can be dried in summer. But even baking soda, which is simply added to the load on the machine, is a home remedy that relieves laundry from odors.
Many material softener critics also use lemon juice or vinegar as an alternative to laundry softeners. So, there are many methods for fabric softeners and soft underwear without softeners.
Because of all the above, it is best to turn to nature and make one such softener – natural. The ingredients for such a softener are simple – baking soda, aluminum-free, water, essential oil and vinegar.
- 100 grams of baking soda
- 1 and a half to 2 dl of warm water
- 800 ml of alcohol or apple cider vinegar
- essential oils (optional) approx. 20 drops
- Take a larger plastic container of approximately 3 to 5 liters (for the foamy reaction of the ingredients). Mix water, vinegar and baking soda in it. Be prepared for the chemical reaction of these ingredients. It will foam all over.
- When the liquid has calmed down, pour it into a jar that will be your softener tank.
- Add a few drops of essential oil as desired, cover the bottle and shake well.
Shake the natural softener before each use. Use only four tablespoons of this preparation per wash.