By nelda walsh
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By elizabeth (Guest Post)05/15/2008
I use used dryer sheets to clean my shower and tub. I also use them for many other cleaning responsibilities. A used one works just fine because the texture is still there and it will still get the grit and water scum from the shower or tub. If it's used, then the toxins mentioned above will mostly be gone. So when u take them out of the dryer, put them in an old kleenex box or something and they will be around whenever you need them.
By nelda walsh 11/18/2007
yes, it gets rid of soap scum..use NEW dryer sheets...
By amy 11/16/2007
Does this get rid of soap scum!?!?!?!
By Memere (Guest Post)11/16/2007
Do you mean new or used dryer sheets? Thanks
By (Guest Post)11/16/2007
While this seems like a good idea and may work well, you will be surprised to know that dryer sheets are just as full of toxic chemicals as any other mainstream cleaner or laundry item in the store. When I typed in "toxins in dryer sheets" into the google search I found 104,000 sites that came up talking about this problem. here are a list of ingredients in normal dryer sheets:
Benzyl Acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
Sometimes its better to not use short cuts and use a little elbow grease. Make a paste of baking soda and water for hard to clean shower doors. Put some of the paste on a rag and wipe the doors and simply rinse off when done. Not only is the concoction safe on your tub but it is safe for you and the environment. Throw your used rag in the wash and you have saved a fabric sheet or paper towel from the landfill.
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