Thursday, October 19, 2006

Dryer Sheets

Did you know this about dryer sheets?

"the contents of mainstream dryer sheets can indeed be rather toxic"

Unfortunately, we don't actually know everything that's in them, since the contents are treated as trade secrets by the manufacturers. But a few ingredients that have been identified in some formulations are benzyl acetate, limonene, and chloroform. Individually, these chemicals have been linked to cancer, and it's not likely they've been studied much in combination."

The good news is that dryer sheets and their cousins, fabric softeners, are not at all necessary. They're marketed as doing three glorious things: reducing static cling, making fabrics feel softer, and making things smell all fragrance-y. Dryer sheets especially were invented for use with synthetic fabrics that tend to get electrically charged when they rub together in the dryer. The softeners do their stuff by releasing the fragrance and also by coating the fabric in a chemical lubricating agent that both reduces static cling and makes clothes feel slicker or softer."

Natural-fiber clothing typically doesn't create much static electricity while tumbling about in the dryer, making the static-fighting function of dryer sheets and fabric softeners unnecessary."

Finally, recall that clotheslines, drying racks, and the like are the best eco-options anyway."

Read the whole article here.



Monday, October 16, 2006

Your Thoughts About the Coblog

What is good/bad about this?

What would you like changed/modified?

Do you think you will participate?

Do you think this will work?

What else would you like it to do?

What questions do you have about it?

Feedback, feedback, feedback... I am excited about this, but that does not matter if it does not work well for others.