Washing Instructions for Natural Fibers:
For best care of natural fibers and your Ohganix garments – Hand or machine wash cold with like colors. Use chemically free detergent. Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry or tumble dry low. (You can dry, but to help protect the environment from off gasses and save energy, we prefer to line dry- Line drying also helps protect the fabric from pilling and rubbing against other fabrics in the dryer.)
*Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets as they contain many toxic chemicals and fragrances.
*Fabric softeners were developed to decrease static in synthetic fabrics, not natural fibers, and serve no purpose for natural fabrics. They stay in your clothing for prolonged periods and leave a residue, which never really completely washes out.
*When fabric softeners are exposed to heat such as hot water or a dryer or an iron, vapors can be released into the environment. These chemicals can be inhaled and absorbed by your skin- further impacting human welfare along with the environment.
*Dryer sheets when heated are noxious for the release of chemicals through dryer vents out into the environment. Some health effects from being exposed to the chemicals in fabric softeners include:
Central nervous system disorders
Blood pressure reduction
Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
Facts Cited from: http://www.care2.com/
*Dryer sheets are designed to stay on clothing for a long period of time and slowly release their chemicals throughout the day, which leads to prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals.
*The toxins in dryer sheets and their chemical fragrances enter the body both through inhalation or are absorbed through the skin. http://www.lifenatural.com/
*Nearly every chemical that touches the skin finds its way into the body and into the bloodstream. As a result, wearing toxic fragrance chemicals is actually quite similar to eating them. http://www.naturalnews.com/