Majority of the commercial dryer sheets contain toxins like Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Acetate, Linalool, and Chloroform. They can cause many types of skin troubles and their fumes are toxic as well. They directly affect the most sensitive neurological centers of the brain and cause destruction.
Basically, these products coat the clothes with extremely toxic artificial fragrances that are known to cause cancer and lead to liver damage.
According to a study conducted by UW professor Dr. Anne Steinemann to test the effects of perfumes used in these products (both detergent and dryer sheets), she discovered that dryer vents emitted over 25 VOCs, with highest concentrations of acetone, ethanol, and acetaldehyde, from which two are carcinogenic.
Plus, the acetaldehyde (one of the cancer-causing substances) had emissions that made up 3% of total acetaldehyde emissions from automobiles in the study area.
The following substances are listed as harmful by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry-generated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the 1990s.
Benzyl acetate is linked to pancreatic cancer.
Pentane causes fatigue, depression, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, and dizziness.
Benzyl alcohol affects the upper respiratory tract and leads to disorders of the central nervous system (CNS), vomiting and nausea, dramatic drops in blood pressure, dizziness, and headache.
Ethanol is connected with CNS disorders and is included in the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
Linalool leads to depression, brain disorders, disorders of the nervous system, and loss of muscle coordination.
Chloroform is an anesthetic, neurotoxic, and carcinogenic chemical, extremely toxic to the brain. Inhaling its vapors may result in headaches, drowsiness, vomiting, loss of consciousness, nausea, and dizziness.
Ethyl Acetate causes headaches and is also listed on the EPA Hazardous Waste list.
Alpha-Terpineol causes depression, headaches, loss of muscle control, disorders of the brain and nervous system.
Thankfully, you can replace these toxic products with wool balls that are all natural, they will soften the clothes and eliminate wrinkles and static cling.