Dryer Sheets and Allergies – An Allergy Sufferer’s Worst Nightmare?

November 01, 2016

Odds are you are familiar with the sneezing and sniffling that starts in August and continues through October as a result of ragweed allergies.  Like all allergies, ragweed can cause your body’s immune system to mount a vigorous response to a foreign substance as if it were a threat!

Here at Santa Fe Air we offer many products that will clean the particles, odors and bacteria from the air of your home, but what can you do to help improve your health from indoor toxins?

Ditch your Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets aggravate allergies? “No way,” was my first reaction. But after reading up on what chemicals are hiding of those innocent little sheets I have changed my mind.

These sheets are a relatively simple product, generally made of polyester that is covered in a fabric softener chemical and fragrance chemicals that lots of people are sensitive to. The chemicals vent into the air we breathe, rub off on our clothes and then onto our skin.
 
I am sure when you are out for an evening walk, you can tell which neighbors are doing their laundry and even what brand they are using based on the smell in the air.  Turns out that no smell is much better for allergy suffers.

But What About Static, Softening and Wrinkles?

Good news is you can avoid the chemicals. Use wool balls, they last for thousands of loads and get rid of the static cling, wrinkles, soften the clothes and will cut down on drying time since those chemicals aren’t coating your clothes and dryer vent anymore! Another simple solution is throwing an old sweater in the dryer to reduce static and drying time!

Indoor air quality is important for comfort and health, and there are many simple ways to avoid adding toxins to your air that can also save you money and make you feel better