In today’s world, we are exposed to man-made chemicals and other synthetics constantly. They’re in the food we eat, the soaps we clean with, and everything in between. Part of living a zero waste lifestyle means removing these toxicities from your life and replacing them with all natural methods.
Dryer sheets are neither compostable or recyclable, making them just another piece of unnecessary waste. While they may help with drying your clothes and making them smell nice and clean, there are several more sustainable alternatives you can use.
First off, it’s important to remember that not all clothes have to be put in the dryer. Any sort of delicate clothing, jeans, or high quality clothing will do just fine if they’re left out to air dry. Not only does this put less wear and tear on your clothes, but it will also reduce your electricity consumption.
For clothes that need to be dried, a great alternative is to use dryer balls. Dryer balls are eco friendly because they are reusable. I got a four pack of them from TJ Maxx for $6 and they’re still working perfectly six months later. Looking back, I wish I had tried wool dryer balls, which are even more sustainable because they are made out of natural products instead of plastic. Both work just as well as dryer sheets when it comes to collecting lint.
I’d love to hear from someone who has tried using drying products made from wool if anyone has some input! I’m always looking to reduce my footprint if I can.
I’m hoping that I’ll be able to post more regularly from now on, and hopefully get some more readers!