Dryer balls are excellent for replacing dryer sheets. However, many people miss the smell that used to go with the sheets. Well this post is for you! The smell of dryer sheets is one of the main reasons that you should ditch those sheets and switch to a chemical free version. That is why I love my wool dryer balls.
first- why you shouldn’t miss the smell
It seems like the more someone learns about the ingredients in dryer sheets it makes it a little bit easier to appreciate a true clean smell. But I understand that many people will want to have something to replace the smell with. That is why the next section will talk about using essential oils to make your clothes, towels, and sheets smell amazing!
Dryer sheets have multiple ingredients that I don’t want to use. The ingredient I have the most concern with is Fragrance. Fragrance is an umbrella term that companies are allowed to use on their products. Companies are allowed to put a whole list of ingredients in their products and label it with this one term. So much for full disclosure and transparency. It is in almost everything you buy for your home and body products. If you haven’t ever heard of the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) then I strongly encourage you to check them out. This is a quote from their website:
“The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.” -Check out the full page on their website with references here.
This is especially concerning to me because a company (any company, not just dryer sheet producers) can use this one term on their label but have multiple ingredients in the product that are under this fragrance umbrella. This means that I not only don’t know what is in these products but also that fragrance on one product is not the same as fragrance listed on another product.
You can basically guarantee that if a product you buy has a smell, it has fragrance in it. Dryer sheets are definitely not the only culprit. Your laundry soap and softener, cleaners in your home(including many ‘natural’ cleaners), hand soaps, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. And of course the more obvious culprits would be candles, room sprays, perfume, and body sprays. All of these have this term listed in their ingredients and it can almost 100% guarantee that their are multiple ingredients listed under that umbrella term.
Knowing about fragrance was enough to make me want to switch but there are also many other ingredients that the EWG and the Think Dirty app have rated low or extremely low. If you want to read more about some of the other ingredients in dryer sheets like check out this EWG rating and this EWG rating. Okay, now on to the fun stuff!
essential oil recipes for your dryer balls
You can use any essential oil blends or singles that you would like to try but the ones below have proven to be the ones we love. I put about 6 drops total on the dryer balls and will use them for the entire day of laundry. I do most of my laundry in a single day so if you do loads multiple days of the week, then use less drops per load and add them throughout the week. The strongest smelling blends are at the top of the list, for all you peeps looking to replace your dryer sheets but still want a great smell.
- Joy – This essential oil blend is awesome if you want your laundry to smell amazing for a long time after you wash it.
- Geranium and Tangerine
- Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit
- Lavender and Lemon
- Cedarwood and Bergamot (if you’re looking for the cheapest option that still smells great, this is probably it!)
- Try any blend you want! It’s about what you like, not about what smells I like
I hope this post helped you realize why people are switching to dryer balls versus dryer sheets. If you are also concerned about your fabric softener, try using vinegar in replacement of it! No, your clothes won’t smell like vinegar. Yes, it actually softens! If you are wanting a replacement for your laundry detergent, this one is awesome.
On this blog we talk a lot about ditching and switching. Today we focused on the laundry room, even though there are so many products with this fragrance term. Subscribe to this blog to keep up on how I have been ditching the chemicals and switching to chemical free alternatives. You can also get your free guide to chemical free living right here!
My passion is chemical free living. I hope this helps you realize why it is important and how easy it can be to switch. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to start your chemical free journey. Thank you for reading!