This post is brought to you by my friends at Mighty Nest. I love this company because they sell only non-toxic items and donate a portion of all sales to local schools!
When I first got into “detoxing,” my main focus was on cleaning up my diet. I think that tends to be the easiest place to start for most people, but after a while you start to realize how many other areas of your life you can detoxify, too– like your skincare routine, your makeup, your cleaning products, and the stuff you use in your laundry.
I stopped using dryer sheets over 4 years ago, after realizing that they leave our clothes coated with a residue of perfumes and chemicals, some of which can be known carcinogens and neurotoxins. (You can see how different brands stack up using the EWG’s database.) The only reason these chemicals are currently allowed in cleaning products, such as shampoos, detergents, and dryer sheets, is because regulatory agencies assume that they won’t be absorbed by the skin and therefore aren’t being “consumed.” However, since we live in an era of birth control patches and nicotine patches, we know that things that come into contact with are skin are, in fact, quite effectively absorbed!
The easiest way to avoid these added chemicals and fragrances is to simply stop using dryer sheets (and switch to a fragrance-free detergent). If you’re wondering what to use instead, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: dryer balls.
Dryer balls are an amazing alternative to dryer sheets because they not only soften your fabrics and reduce static, but they also shorten the drying time– making your laundry routine more eco-friendly. Plus, they’re not disposable like dryer sheets, so this one small investment (only $3 for my readers!) will last you for years.
If you want to try a set of dryer balls yourself, my friends at Might Nest are offering this exclusive to Detoxinista readers– get a set of 3 Wool Dryer balls for just $3! This is a crazy good deal, because this set normally retails for $15 + $5.95 shipping, a $20.95 value. The dryer balls are made from 100% premium New Zealand Wool and are much quieter in your dryer than the variety made from hard plastic. (Trust me, I’ve tried both!)
To get your set of dryer balls, simply sign up for the Mighty Fix program using this link or enter this promo code: DRYERDETOXFIX when you sign up for the Might Fix subscription service. When you sign up with this special promotion, you’ll pay only $3 for your first shipment, which will contain your new set of wool dryer balls. After that, Mighty Nest will send you a new non-toxic item each month for just $10, and the item will always be worth more than that. (And you can always cancel at anytime.) It’s like getting a surprise gift in your mailbox each month!
To get started detoxifying your laundry, sign up now! (Offer is available to new Mighty Fix subscribers only.)
Tip: If you miss the idea of scented laundry, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls for a custom, non-toxic scent.
Reader Feedback: Have you tried using dryer balls yet? If you have young kids, it may suddenly make them VERY interested in helping you with laundry– my son loves finding the balls as we’re folding our dry clothes!