Well Being

Are Dryer Sheets Necessary?

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Dryer sheets actually aren't all that necessary. They're also not so green. Most dryer sheets contain icky ingredients that can in fact be toxic for your family. Also dryer sheets are a huge waste of materials – for what? Static cling that's hardly a real problem. You've got the sheets themselves creating waste not to mention the box packing.  Larger cases are often re-wrapped in plastic as well.

Green solutions…

  • First of all if you're line drying (which you should be for most stuff) dryer sheets become a moot point.
  • You can also aim to buy naturally made fiber clothing which will be more eco-friendly and softer naturally.
  • As for the cling – it's not that big a deal is it? Is it really all that tough to shake out your clothing?
  • But I like the scent! If you only use dryer sheets for the scent consider that laundry will smell fresh all on its own after you wash it in a nice eco-soap. If you like a stronger scent try sprinkling a few drops of your favorite organic essential oil on a reusable cloth and toss that in the dryer with your clothing. Your clothes will smell great without the waste.

If you REALLY insist on continuing to use dryer sheets at least buy dryer sheets that are natural, biodegradable, and chemical-free, such as…

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Basil Dryer Sheets – made with a vegetable-derived softening agent and natural essential oils on a new biodegradable paper sheet. Also comes in Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Dryer Sheets; which I have not used but I have tested the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Fabric Softener which smells amazing, so I'm guessing the fabric sheets do as well.
  • Sun & Earth – Fabric Softner Sheets – hypoallergenic, non-toxic, biodegradable and safe to use. Available in scented “Fresh Citrus Scent” and “unscented.”
  • Natural Fabric Softener Sheets from Seventh Generation – made with chlorine-free, unbleached paper and plant-derived softening agents, plus sheets are recyclable or compostable after use.