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Reasons to Ditch Toxic Dryer Sheets

The Lint King’s Reasons to Ditch Toxic Dryer Sheets

Dryer Sheets and the 7 Toxic Reasons To Ditch Them!

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Here are the seven most common chemicals found in dryer sheets and their effect on the central nervous system, and why you should be concerned.

What’s inside A Dryer Sheets?

Dryer sheets are relatively simple products. Dryer Sheets are a polyester sheet covered in a fabric softener chemical cocktail.
 
And, yes, fragrance chemicals are also used in dryer sheets and can significant, representing up to 10 percent of the contents of the product.
 

These chemicals may cause dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, red eyes, and dry skin when exposed to it from your clothing. And in our pets from their bedding, can these symptoms be observed. Inhalation of its vapors is known to cause a burning sensation in the airways and cause a sore throat and labored breathing.

1. Alpha-Terpineol causes central nervous system disorders. It can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.

2. Benzyl Alcohol causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.  

3. Camphor on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.

4. Chloroform is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.

5. Ethyl Acetate on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).

6. Linalool causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.

7. Pentane causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapors causes central nervous system depression.


Do Clothes Dryer Sheets Damage A Dryer?

Your dryer’s sensors and the operating efficiency will be affected by the use of fabric softener dryer sheets. Then your appliances computer will not work correctly due to wrong input from the sensors.
 
The screen below is 80% clogged. This increases the cost to run a load of clothes by 80%. That’s an additional $0.68 for a total of $0.89 for one-load of clothes!
See How Clothes Dryer Sheet’s effect on a Lint Screen.
 
Dryer Sheets affect on the Lint Trap
Your Clothes Dryer’s Lint Trap After prolonged use of Dryer Sheets.

Visit The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Website to learn more.

 

Clothes Dryer Sheet Alternatives

Eco-Friendly Liquid Softener, Wool Dryer Balls, Reusable Chemical-Free Dryer Sheets, or   ½ Cup of White Distilled Vinegar to the Final Rinse Water Cycle are all Healthier Alternatives!
Eco-Friendly Liquid Softener, Wool Dryer Balls, Reusable Chemical-Free Dryer Sheets, or  ½ Cup of White Distilled Vinegar to the Final Rinse Water Cycle are all Healthier Alternatives!

How to Soften Clothes

  1. Eco-Friendly Liquid Softener
    Mrs. Meyers's Laundry Alternatives

    Formulated with essential oils, plant-derived and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients for products that are powerful against dirt and grime while being a pleasure to use. Learn more about Mr’s Meyers Laundry Products.

  2. Wool Dryer Balls
    Wool Dryer Balls for Laundry

    How to Make Homemade Felted Wool Dryer Balls. Dryer balls help to soften clothes naturally and they are made from a renewable resource. Learn the benefits of Using Wool Dryer Balls.

  3. Reusable Chemical-Free Dryer Sheets
    Reusable Clothes Dryer Sheets

    llerTech® patented dryer sheet system safely solves the static problem and reduces wrinkles without any added chemicals.

  4. White Distilled Vinegar
    White Distilled Vinegar in the Laundry

    Add ½ Cup of White Distilled Vinegar to the Final Rinse Water Cycle.

  5. Aluminum Foil
    Foil Ball Controls Static

    Can Aluminum Foil Keep Clothes Static Free? It’s true, a small aluminum ball of foil removes static. And it never has to be replaced! The aluminum foil balls should be approximately two-to-three inches in diameter and tightly rolled. Be sure to round out any protruding edges that could catch a tread. One ball should do it smaller loads — as many as three aluminum balls for more substantial items like blankets.

Read the full article from LifeHacker.


Snow Covered Dryer Vents and Carbon Monoxide

Snow Covered Dryer Vents and Carbon Monoxide

Dryer Vents and Carbon Monoxide
Ice covered dryer vent

Snow and Ice Covered Dryer Vents Cause Homeowner Headaches

Large amounts of snow and ice are more than just a nuisance that need to be cleared away on a cold winter day, especially when it builds up around the outside of your dryer vents.

When this happens, the lint, dust and other debris that normally get carried away from your clothes and out of your house get trapped inside the dryer and dryer vent. Serious problems can occur if your dryer vent exits your home in an area that is prone to snow cover.

For example, when snow drifts off the roof it can easily accumulate several feet high covering up the dryer vent below. Snow not only enters the vent, but it can also freeze over.

Blocked dryer vents and carbon monoxide

Perhaps the most harmful effect from a snow-covered or ice-blocked vent stems from the carbon monoxide (CO) gas that can get trapped within the gas dryer and unknowingly get released back into your home or commercial building.

Exposure to the gas can lead to health problems including headaches and dizziness.  Prolonged carbon monoxide exposure can even lead to death. Although carbon monoxide buildup and exposure are not hazards with electric dryers, gas dryers need to be checked after every snowstorm or deep freeze to make sure they are venting properly.

Blocked dryer vents waste energy because your dryer has to work harder to dry your clothes. Snow and ice can prevent the dryer’s vent flapper from opening properly, which prevents cooler air into the appliance.  If a dryer is blocked for an extended period of time, the lint inside the vent has been known to ignite causing a home fire.

4 Signs Of A Blocked Dryer Vent and Carbon Monoxide

Here are 4 signs to look for if you are unsure whether your dryer vent is blocked from excessive snow or a frozen dryer vent.

  • Increased dryer time. If you notice your dryer taking longer than usual to dry your clothes
  • Your clothes feel hot to the touch
  • Lint blowing out into your room, or lint settling on your clean clothes.
  • Lint settling on the inside and the dryer’s back panel.

If you are concerned that your dryer vents may be clogged due to excessive snow and ice buildup, please contact us at (847) 874-4805 to have a trained technician from The Lint King remove the snow around your dryer vent, inspect and clean your dryer vent and ensure your dryer is safe to operate and free from Blocked Dryer Vent and Carbon Monoxide.

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