So you may have noticed by now… I’m not a fan of chemicals, additives, fragrances, toxins, and just all that general YUCK that’s in pretty much every household product I have used over the years. It wasn’t too long ago that I realized I was unknowingly coating my family in all of these gross things every single day, right up against our skin. Imagine it… all those chemicals and toxins… just EATING AWAY AT US. Dramatic? Perhaps. But still, it’s true. How was I doing this?
According to care2.com, dryer sheets contain ethanol, camphor, cloroform, and many other toxins that are known to cause cancer, nervous system disorders, and a whole slew of other unfortunate symptoms. Suddenly that snuggly brown teddy bear isn’t looking so cute, huh?
I hemmed and hawed over this a while, wondering how I could really give up that super soft cuddly warm laundry that smells like a summer breeze. There were a few times I’d remember to dump in a bit of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle, but really, that just wasn’t cutting it for me.
And then, thanks to my obsession with babysteals, I found a solution:
Seven business days later, Buddha Bunz wool dryer balls entered my life.
They aren’t the cheapest things ever, but I hear you can make them yourself… if you’re THAT kind of mom. I’m not. I was thrilled to buy these at half price, though. (Not that I saved any money, since I bought two packs, but hey okay let’s focus on the big picture here…. what we were talking about.. oh yeah, SAVING my FAMILY from CANCER. I think that’s totally worth $40.98, don’t you? See I can totally rationalize these purchases when I’m clicking away on my phone at 12:08am.)
Oh yeah, back to the balls. So they are all natural, 100% wool, and they supposedly cut drying time by up to half. After reading a bunch of reviews and obsessing over my $40.98 purchase (really, I’m cheap, so I had to obsess), I learned that wool dryer balls can last for years. You just keep them in your dryer and that’s all there is to it. These Buddha Bunz got exceptionally great reviews, since it seems they are larger and made better than some less expensive wool dryer balls. I’ve used them for about a month now, and I’m very pleased. I will definitely never go back to dryer sheets.
But what about that fantastically fresh summer breeze smell? Well, Buddha Bunz offers scented balls. That’s right, I said it. Scented balls. You can choose from Pink Sugar, Baby Powder, or even Monkey Farts (which I hear smells oddly fruity and kind of like bananas, of course). The balls are scented with essential oils, not toxic fragrances. Although the monkey farts almost won me over, I’m a traditional girl and went with their “Gain” scent. Now I have my fake-chemical-summer-breeze-scent without the cancerous side effects.
This is one happy, fresh-smelling mama.