By artwest-1 from Seattle, WA
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Please don't do this! You are harming your pets! I am posting (again) some information I have posted several times already.
Warning About Dryer Sheets And Pets:
There have been several posts lately involving the use of dryer sheets around pets - either wiping the pet or their bedding with dryer sheets, or putting them in the dryer with a fabric softener sheet. I posted feedback to one, but this keeps coming up, so I am submitting my two-cents as a tip.
This is a very dangerous idea, because dryer sheets contain poisonous, even carcinogenic, chemicals. Pets lick themselves and sometimes their surroundings, so you don't want to use anything that can leave behind chemicals that they can ingest.
Dryer sheets contain loads of toxic chemicals, such as benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, and chloroform, among others, some of which the manufacturers don't have to reveal to the public. Some of these chemicals cause the softening and others are used to perfume the sheets to give them their "lovely" aromas.
Many of these chemicals are in other consumer products like dish and laundry detergents, soaps, air fresheners (especially deadly), shampoos, deodorants, creams, etc.
There is a false assumption by the FDA and other regulatory agencies that these chemicals are safe and are not absorbed through the skin. However, this wrong, as these chemicals can be found in the blood of nearly every citizen. This is how nicotine patches work - by absorption through the skin. If nicotine is absorbed through the skin, you can bet these other chemicals are too. You are exposed to them because your clothes are covered with these chemicals from the laundry detergent and fabric softeners (liquid or sheets), and you are absorbing them all through your skin. Add to this the chemicals from all the other products mentioned above. We have been exposing ourselves to a lot of dangerous stuff over the years, folks.
These chemicals cause liver damage, hormone disruption, nervous system problems, cancer and other serious or chronic health problems. Humans should not expose themselves to these toxins, let alone their pets or children, who are prone to licking everything or putting things in their mouths, an even more direct and more toxic method of exposure than through the skin.
There are safer, more natural alternatives to these products. Please, please do not wipe your pets, their bedding, or anything else, with dryer sheets, or run pet beds and blankets in the dryer with them. Don't let your children suck on their chemically fabric softened "blankies".
Here is a link to just one article about dryer sheet chemicals; there are many more - just Google the words "dryer sheet toxic" in any order.
Source: Natural News, and many other sites, for podcasts I wrote last year.
Also check out articles on the chemicals in air fresheners - they're pretty scary.
By Pixiedust7 from Wantagh, Long Island, NY
You are so right! I have been doing this for many years and it works great. I wash their bedding at least once a month also. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tip.
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