You know those colorful nubby
dryer balls that claim to be earth-friendly because they soften fabrics
without chemicals? Well, I’ve got news for you.
Many of those dryer balls are made of polyvinyl chloride, a hard-to-recycle
plastic whose manufacture and incineration releases carcinogenic dioxins.
So consumers beware and be sure to check what the balls are made of
before buying. Truly nontoxic fabric softeners are available from companies
like Seventh Generation and Ecover. Or simply add ¼ cup of baking soda
to the wash cycle. To avoid static, dry cotton and synthetics separately,
or hang them outside to dry. LISTEN
SOURCE: The Green Guide, Mar/Apr 06 (www.thegreenguide.com)