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Can Fabric Softener CAUSE Asthma?

Can fabric softener CAUSE Asthma?

According to Rebecca Sutton, PhD, EWG Senior Scientist, YES!

“Fabric softeners and dryer sheets coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals – in fact, that’s why they feel a little softer,” wrote Dr. Sutton in an article published by EWG, Environmental Working Group.

Softening Chemicals

fabric-softener-toxicCommonly manufacturers use softening chemicals called “quats” (short for quaternary ammonium compounds).

So what’s so bad about quats?

“The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a leading international authority on asthma, calls these chemicals “asthmagens,” substances that can cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy people.”


Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets contain Synthetic Fragrance


Dr. Sutton says synthetic fragrances are among world’s top five allergens. “It makes sense to avoid exposing kids unnecessarily to asthma-causing chemicals.”

Synthetic fragrance in fabric softeners and dryer sheets is really a chemical soup. The ingredient called “fragrance” can hide hundreds of untested chemicals that can alter and disrupt normal hormone function in people of all ages.

Leading Brands get GRADE F from

Downy, Gain, Xtra, Legacy, Nice ‘n Fluffy, Sun & Earth, Up & Up, Amway, Bounce, Cling, Arm & Hammer, Walmart and more brands fail to remove these harmful chemicals.

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Better, healthier options for the wash


Skip expensive products with harmful chemicals that can cause asthma, allergies and other health problems.

In my home, I use two things to naturally soften clothes and reduce static.

1. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar per load during the rinse cycle as a natural fabric softener.
2. Add a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil to 2-3 wool dryer balls in the dryer.


Get this starter set of essential oils and you will get:

  • 12 essential oils
  • Free ultrasonic diffuser
  • $25 resource package from me
  • Access to our group’s training and education
  • Opportunity to get your oils for free

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