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This article is for those who didn't know about fabric softners.I hope I was able to help someone with this information. I don't have any money to help anyone. Have a good day.

The Toxic Danger of Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets, by

Although they may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh, it turns out that fabric softener and dryer sheets are some of the most toxic products around. Read why now!

(PRWEB) February 21, 2005 -- Many people will remember a famous TV ad where a woman races to her washing machine, fabric softener in hand, only to arrive just as the wash ends. This woman who "forgot to ad the fabric softener" was actually doing herself and her family a favor.

Although they may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh, fabric softener and dryer sheets are some of the most toxic products around. And chances are that the staggering 99.8 percent of Americans who use common commercial detergents, fabric softeners, bleaches, and stain removers would think twice if they knew they contained chemicals that could cause cancer and brain damage.


Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets:

Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

So how could products with pretty names like Soft Ocean Mist, Summer Orchard and April Fresh be so dangerous?

The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong smelling -- so strong that they require the use of these heavy fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover up the smells. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics, which are the reason fabric softeners were created in the first place, do not smell good either when heated in a dryer or heated by our bodies ... hence the need for even more hefty fragrances.

In other words, remove all the added fragrance that endears people to fabric softeners and -- like the clich wolf in sheep's clothing -- the real smells of the chemical-laced fabric softener and the synthetic fabrics they were designed around may prompt people to shoot their laundry machines and be done with it.

Are "Soft" Clothes Worth It?
Fabric softeners are made to stay in your clothing for long periods of time. As such, chemicals are slowly released either into the air for you to inhale or onto your skin for you to absorb. Dryer sheets are particularly noxious because they are heated in the dryer and the chemicals are released through dryer vents and out into the environment. Health effects from being exposed to the chemicals in fabric softeners include:

Central nervous system disorders
Blood pressure reduction
Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
Pancreatic cancer

Soften Your Clothes Safely With These Tips:
Even if you don't feel the effects of these chemicals today, they can affect you gradually over time, and children, whose systems are still developing, are particularly at risk. There's really no reason to expose yourself to these risky chemicals when natural alternatives exist. Not only are they safer for you, your family and the environment, but they're much more economical too:

Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric
Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and eliminate cling
Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals

It's likely that fabric softeners and dryer sheets aren't the only toxic products in your home. Many household products that consumers regard as safe are also full of toxic chemicals. Our past articles on PEG Compounds in Cosmetics and Phenols in Common Household Cleansers are two of the all-time most popular articles on and will make you more aware of the pervasiveness of harmful chemicals that can be eliminated from your home.

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Hello,  Today is a day with mixed emotions.  Waiting at times seems to be the most difficult thing to do.  I am still hanging in believing.  My Faith being tested?  Well I will not turn away from our heavenly Father.  At this time I am feeling dejavoi.  A grain of mustard seed.  That is all it takes.

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 in response to Schmidty...   Good for you. I am still thinking on my next move, or whether i will stay in Lufkin for a while. I will keep in contact on aidpage.
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things are still not going to well for me, I had to sell some of my clothes and shoes on ebay. Now I have nothing left to sell but my wedding ring. It really hurts my heart, but when it comes down to it I will do whatever I have to to take care of my daughter. I hope this will hold me over for a couple months. I know god has good things in store for my family.

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where do people go when their state won't help them/ What do they do then?
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comment from sheshe030:---Well, it's plain to see I'm not the only one that suffers from insomnia now isn't it? My pancreas has been doing a number on me since yesterday so not being able to sleep I thought I would see if I had any company on aidpage. I can't thankyou all enough for being here right now, it helps so much to read of others trials and try to say something to ease anothers way into the light while easing my own. It just makes me feel better seeing all the familiar faces. sheshe030 

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No there are no shelters up here for men. And my wife has to stay in the program for months. This place is anti family. They are encouraging her to divorce me. They told her any man who would allow this to happen is not worthy. Her and the kids are only allowed to visit with me for 2 hours on Saturday. I won't be able to go because I have no money for gas. I hurt all over this morning its been cold at night. I miss my family. Why did god allow this to happen. Why are wealthy people and churches so greedy? Hope this cancer just kills me quick. What's the point in fighting it anymore?

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Please heal this mother. Make her whole. Deliver her from these afflictions. Please comfort her & her family. Amen.

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 in response to positive thoughts...   


I am so sorry and will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself too. Hoping all works out..

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 in response to sheshe030...   beautiful!
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 in response to shirleybill...   

Somewhere, where she has no idea as to it's placement. I'm glad to know that my family isn't the only strange family in the nation.

Id move as far away from her as possible and I wouldn't let her know where you moved, in fact, I would limit my access to very few of my family.

I moved away from my family and it was for the opposite reason,I didn't want them to catch slck from my bullsiite.

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Hello,  I am asking alot here now.  Please I just received a phone call from the hospital which I did not know my mom was brought there just now.  She has been having siezers and she has a history of epilepsi and also breast cancer.  Please pray that everything works out.  I thank each and everyone of you.

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 in response to sheshe030...   We own our house....the mortgage company does not care why we have no money.   They just want it now.  WE live in a very rural public transportation and riding a bike are out of the question.  He commutes 28 miles one way to work, I commute 22 miles one way to work.  I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but several of the people we have helped in the past have gone on to be successful.  And of course with that success it seems they no longer have any souls.  Did I expect anyone to return the favors that we did for, but wouldn't it be a common courtsey to return the favor.  I've cut all bills to bare minimums.  But a series of unfortunate events put us in this spot.  I have never asked anyone for a thing. I've always done in on my own.  But we are drowning.  I've sold everything that I can, and there is nothing left.  We owe too much on the house to sell it.  Thru all this I've found out who my true friends are and who the posers are.  It is a horrible feeling to have to decide between heat  and food, or electricity and food, or medication and food.  It an even worse feeling not to be able to have food for your children.   
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 in response to Schmidty...   

I don't know what she expects to gain. She has always been strange, and mean also.

I went and bough a travel trailer today. Now to decide where i want to park it at for right now.

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 in response to positive thoughts...   Hello and good luck with the job interview . Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers you get this job..hugs.
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 in response to jaybird2010us...   This is so sad. I feel for you and hope you can find a place to stay too. Not right...Maybe when she completes her program you can join here??? Isn't there a homeless shelter for you...Take care.. sorry...
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 in response to kitty93...   

I am sorry you lost your mom to cancer too and lung cancer..And it doesn't seem silly at all but touching you brought her a rose for Mother's Day. I haven't been able to be back at were my folks are buried in years but I think of them..It makes me cry when I use to go there later as the years passed and I use to pick roses from the garden to take cleaning the headstones..Take care your friend..

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