Fabric Softener is The #1 Cause of Indoor Air Pollution. Make Your Own With This DIY Recipe

Why the Softeners Pollute the Air and How to Make Your Own Softener (DIY recipe)?

The people use fabric softener to get an image of comfort, sweetness, and freshness. The bad thing is that most of the fabric softeners contain a grim list of known toxins. These toxins can enter your body by inhalation or through the skin and cause a wide range of health problems, mainly for young children.

Look at the some of the harmful ingredients, which are commonly used for the production of the fabric softeners:

• Chloroform

It was used as an anesthesia from the 1800s up through the early 1900s. Then it was discovered that it causes fatal cardiac arrhythmia and a carcinogenic neurotoxin, which is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.

The inhaled vapors of a chloroform may cause loss of consciousness, headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and/or dizziness.  Additionally, it may aggravate disorders of the liver, heart, or kidneys.

• A-Terpineol

This chemical causes Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders, health problems relating to the brain and spine. The most common diseases that it causes are Alzheimer’s disease, ADD, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, seizures, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The early symptoms of CNS problems can be aphasia, disorientation, blurred vision, dizziness, hunger, headaches, numbness in the face, memory loss, pain in the neck and spine.

Additionally, by irritating the mucous membranes, A-Terpineol can cause pneumonia, respiratory depression, or fatal edema.

• Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl alcohol is an irritant that affects the upper respiratory tract and can cause central nervous system (CNS) disorders.

Common health problems are a headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and dramatic drops in blood pressure.

• Benzyl Acetate

This substance found in fresheners has been linked to pancreatic cancer. When it is vaporing it can irritate the eyes and respiratory passages. It can be also absorbed through the skin.

• Ethanol

This fabric softener ingredient is linked to CNS disorders. Itis also listed on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.

• Pentane

This chemical is known to be harmful if inhaled.

• Ethyl Acetate

This substance can irritate the eyes and respiratory tract and causes severe headaches and loss of consciousness. Additionally, it may damage the liver and kidneys. Ethyl Acetate is also on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.

• Camphor

Camphor is also on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list because it irritates the eyes, nose, and throat. In addition, it causes dizziness, nausea, confusion, convulsions and twitching muscles.

• Linalool

This narcotic is known for causing respiratory problems and CNS disorders. Testing it to animals even resulted in death.

• Phthalates

This substance is used in aromatic products to help the scent last longer. However, it is linked to the reproductive system problems and breast cancer.

• Limonene

Limonene causes irritation to eyes and skin and is well-known in causing carcinoma.

Because of that, manufacturers print on the packaging on many brands a warning that the product should not be used on children’s sleepwear, or same brands have large images of children and toys. For many reasons, consumers may miss the small print message.

In order to avoid the side effects of the fabric softener, you can make your own, which is very easy to prepare and cost-effective. By using it, you can keep harmful chemicals away.

One of the main ingredients is vinegar, which can be found everywhere, it is cheap and nontoxic. It has a natural ability to remove soap residue and reduces static during drying. Thanks to the amounts of sodium and potassium it softens hard water. Homemade fabric softener can be stored in a container and used each time you do the wash.

How to Prepare Natural Homemade Fabric Softener

– 1-gallon white vinegar

– 30 drops of essential oil


Mix all ingredients together and pour into a storage container.


– Before using dilute the mixture with water.

– Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar mixture with 3/4 cups of water, for regular sizes loads

– Pour the fabric softener into your washer, before the final rinse cycle.



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