Why Use Dryer Balls? Ditch Toxic Fragrance in Your Laundry Room

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.

  1. Joy – This essential oil blend is awesome if you want your laundry to smell amazing for a long time after you wash it.
  2. Geranium and Tangerine
  3. Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit
  4. Lavender and Lemon
  5. Cedarwood and Bergamot (if you’re looking for the cheapest option that still smells great, this is probably it!)
  6. 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!

 

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

 

Premium Starter Kit

What is the Premium Starter Kit?

A kit put together by Young Living to make it easy, and cheaper, to get started using Essential Oils. And not just dip your toes in. Really get your feet wet and start using Essential Oils. Click on any of the images to read more about that one item!

What does the Premium Starter Kit come with?

11 5mL bottles of Essential Oils-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A diffuser of your choice-

2 samples of Ning-Xia Red(size that comes with kit are the packets shown) –

One Roller Fitment (turns a bottle into a roller bottle!) –

Sample packets (you get two of each) –

Plus, you get 10 mini bottles for sharing or traveling.

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why you should jump in with both feet…

Young Living has the highest quality Essential Oils out there. There are plenty of people out there that will argue with me but I have done my research. AND I use them every single day and they work. They really work. It still to this day blows my mind how well the work. For more info on why Young Living click here.

The Premium Stater Kit is how I first got started using Essential Oils and I truly believe it is the best way to start. It gives you enough, but not too much, to really get your feet wet and start learning how to use Essential Oils to better your life. It not only gives you everything you need to get started on a healthier path, it packages it all up together to give you a cheaper price. Depending on the diffuser you pick, you will spend less than 180 bucks total. You get everything mentioned above and a membership with Young Living with no commitments.

The membership with Young Living gets you wholesale pricing without having to commit to purchasing anything further. You can order your kit, be a member, and never order again. Even though you have zero commitment to order again, you most definitely will  but it will be because you love your oils and how they are changing your life. When you do order again, you will pay the wholesale cost.

Zero commitment membership + wholesale pricing = newfound health and wellness.

The Premium Starter Kit is the way to go or I wouldn’t recommend it. All my peeps get started this way and not one has regretted it. I love my job because instead of selling a product just to make a living, I am spreading health and wellness to my NamastayOiled community. Are you ready to start using essential oils? Click here and join me on the oil train. A train where community means everything, you get a real life person to answer your questions, and we prioritize real health and wellness. You’re worth it and so are the oils.

A Note on the Vitality Line

The Vitality line with Young Living are Essential Oils labeled for dietary use. They are the bottles above with the white labels. Young Living came out with this line because the FDA regulated that essential oil companies cannot put Aromatic, Topical, and Internal uses on the same label. That is when the vitality line was born. All vitality oils through Young Living are labeled for internal use. You can put these oils in your water, Lemon EO yes please! You can use these oils in cooking or they can be taken in a capsule.

Please, please read your label if you do not use Young Living. Not all oils are created equal and many state on the label do not consume or for external use only. Others even state not for topical use! Yikes. For more on this topic check out this blog post here and scroll down to Essential Oil grades.

Get on the oil train with me here! 

 

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Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

 

Much of the information within my essential oil posts I have learned in my course study with The School for Aromatic Studies and from personal usage.

Ditch and Switch: Household Cleaners

Another Ditch and Switch comin at ya! Where we DITCH the dangerous chemicals and SWITCH to all natural cleaning. Today’s edition is all about Household Cleaners and I am here to make your life easier.

Let me guess. You open up the cabinet under your kitchen sick and you see over ten different cleaners. One for the bathroom sinks, one for your kitchen counter tops, one for the floors, one for windows and glass…. The list goes on and on. Guess what that means? The chemical count for your house keeps on growing. Let’s say the average cleaner has ten ingredients. That makes room for the one that has 30 and the one that has 5. Now multiply that by however many bottles are under the sink, above the washer and dryer in your laundry room, in that hall closet, etc. If you have 20 bottles of different kinds of cleaners and they had ten ingredients each, that is 200 different chemicals in your home.

In Europe, they have banned hundreds of chemicals from being used that we come in contact with most likely every single day in the US. Don’t get me wrong, I am all American. We are just a little behind on this front. Which is why I take responsibility for my health by looking at ingredient labels on my beauty products, household cleaners, and other products. At least as much as I can. It is a process of learning and finding safer, affordable alternatives. The ThinkDirty App and EWG.org have been helpful when I first starting researching chemicals in our homes.

BUT if you don’t want to spend a crazy amount of time researching…that is where this blog comes in! My success story of changing out basically all of my cleaning products for ONE product. Seriously.

All Natural Cleaning
Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner

 

Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner is a saving grace when it comes to cleaning naturally without any harmful chemicals. The title of the infographic above should be 7 ways to start cleaning with Thieves because you can’t count on two hands how many ways I use Thieves Household Cleaner!

  • If someone in the house is sick or someone at work is sick I go around spraying all the doorknobs to make sure that crap isn’t spreading
  • I use it on my granite counter tops
  • I use it on my butcher block counter top!
  • I use it on and in the microwave, fridge, freezer, and oven
  • I spray soft surfaces like you would with Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Add some Pine EO or Citrus Fresh EO if you want Thieves to smell like your traditional floor cleaner!
  • I use it on all my bathroom surfaces including the toilet.  I create a paste with the Thieves Cleaner and Thieves Dishwasher Powder. I use it for the sinks, shower, and even the inside of the toilet! (The dishwasher detergent is a great addition to the Thieves line because it has enzymes like Amylase and Protease)
  • I use it on my window sills and baseboards
  • I use it on my stainless steal kitchen sink
  • It works on mirrors and windows with no streaks
  • Use it on Toys! With no chemical trace that will get on your child’s skin or in their mouth – Even safe enough to have your school aged children help with the cleaning! *Decide for yourself if you want to do this, per usual disclaimer.

I’ve named two Thieves products and over 20 uses. As far as home cleaning goes, these are the only two products I use. It not only cleans my entire home well and safely, it saves me money. The Thieves Household Cleaner comes in a condensed liquid that you then dilute. You hardly ever have to buy a new bottle of the cleaner since you only use a little at a time. It normally averages out to under a $1.00 per bottle! It depends on your dilution rate. I mostly use it diluted 1:30 and only use 1:15 sometimes (refer to infographic for dilution ratios). If you only used the 1:30 ratio that would mean one bottle of Thieves Cleaner would make 64 spray bottles(30 ounces) and each bottle would cost you 76 cents! Plus, it is environmentally friendly since you are reusing the same spray bottle.

Less Waste. Less money. Better Clean. all natural cleaning.

 

Want to learn more about how well Thieves cleans? I’m not the only one who knows it cleans better and safer than traditional, harmful cleaners. Check out these other sites:

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Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

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Ditch and Switch! Your Makeup Bag

Hello there! Today we have a ‘Ditch and Switch’ blog post. This will be another regularly occurring series on this blog where we discuss some of the chemicals in our homes and what to replace them with! This week our topic will be ‘Your Makeup Bag!’

 

About a year ago I took a class with one of my Facebook oil groups. It was all about chemicals in our homes and I was shocked at the information. I knew some things like harsh cleaners probably weren’t good for you and that’s why my mom used to yell “put gloves on!!” when she saw me cleaning the tub…. But I had no idea at the extent of horrible chemicals filling our homes and how readily available, with no warnings, these products are. Aisles upon aisles of chemical filled home, cleaning, and beauty products at our local stores. And no one (okay some people have known forever, but most of us) has any clue. That is where this series comes in!

Check out some ingredients that are most likely in your makeup bag:

TALC, PARABENS, PHTHALATES, BISMUTH, LEAD, MURCURY, FORMALDEHYDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, TRICLOSAN

Some of the terms associated with these chemicals are carcinogen, short term toxicity, long term toxicity, linked to miscarriages, lung disease, liver and kidney cancer, and a whole mess of others depending on the chemical. And that is just a list of the most frequent chemicals that have gained some notice in the health world lately. There are literally thousands of chemicals in, not only your make up bag, but throughout your home. Many ingredients in makeup within the US are banned in European and other countries. I would encourage you to read the article below. The EWG(Environmental Working Group) is a great organization that helps keep us up to date on items like chemicals in our lives. This is not an ad peeps, I just like their info…. Hashtag not an ad.

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2004/06/15/exposures-add-up-survey-results/#.WZ3o0z6GO70

 

We are exposed to an astonishing number of chemicals everyday. (As for you scientists out there… I know everything is made up of chemicals. I am referring to harmful and/or man made chemicals when I write ‘chemical’ in this post.) Especially us women with our loads of bathroom products. Sorry I’m not sorry for taking over the bathroom honey…. 🙂 Depending on what article or study you go by we put between 100 to over 500 chemicals on our bodies everyday. We have shampoo, conditioner, shave cream, hair spray, face wash, toner, moisturizer, primer, eye cream, lotion, scrubs, and tons of different make up products all with their own unique slew of chemicals. That adds up fast. When I went to the Young Living Health and Wellness event here in Phoenix Haley, Jensen called this the chemical blender. We just throw all these different chemicals in our bodies, hit high speed, and hope for the best.

Okay, let me ask you this… Do you think your skin protects you from the world? If you said yes, you are right. That is what we grow up thinking. BUT our skin is also a sponge and much of what we put on it gets absorbed into our bodies. You wouldn’t think so but in some people’s opinion what you put on your skin is more important than what you put in your body. I think both are important.

When I found out about all these chemicals I had just started getting into beauty. Youtube opened up a whole new world of beauty products that I all of a sudden needed….me. the girl who never wears makeup… Anyways, I was super disappointed that all these beauty wonders were making my skin a toxic waste land. Then the clouds broke, the sun came out, and a rainbow appeared…. Young Living announced their Savvy Minerals line at the 2017 convention. Okay, that might have been a bit dramatic but that’s how it felt! Searching for non toxic beauty products that actually worked was ridiculous. I tried and failed. Nothing was 100% good for you and not one product worked for me.

Savvy Minerals is

  • formulated without talc, bismuth, parabens, phalates, petrochemiclas, or synthetic fragrances
  • ideal for sensitive skin
  • vegan friendly (the lip sticks and mascara have beeswax- everything else is vegan!)
  • not tested on animals (these last two are extremely important to me!)
  • made with mineral based ingredients
  • long lasting all day wear

When I tried the YL Savvy foundation I was in love. Not only is it 100% great for my body, it is easy to use and makes me feel fabulous. Confession- I am just not the get up an hour early to do my hair and makeup. I’m just not. That’s why I love the Savvy line, you can do a quick less than 5 minute routine that gets you ready to go or you can dress it up, take a little longer, and look Friday night ready.

Ready to purchase? Click here, send me a message saying “I want that Makeup please!” and I will help you color match to get your very own set of Savvy Minerals!

I am also stoked that YL is coming out with a Lavender EO infused mascara this fall! Then my makeup routine will be completely chemical free! If you have any questions for me or would like to purchase some YL Savvy Minerals products please feel free to contact me! I hope you start ‘Ditching and Switching’ some of the chemicals in your makeup bag for a safer alternative!

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled