How to BEAT STATIC with the best cleaning supplies

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Is there a better way of fighting static than with these 2 toxic chemicals? You might not know it but many of the cleaning products you use in your home contain toxic chemical cleaners and ingredients. When it comes to doing laundry many of the cleaning products that are used contain toxic chemicals to get the job done. This is true of some of the static dryer sheets and anti-static sprays on the market. While the static dryer sheets and anti-static sprays may stop static sparks, they usually do it with some unsafe ammonium compounds that can irritate the lungs and cause asthma along with allergic contact dermatitis. A popular static spray called Static Guard contains the chemical DTDMAC, or ditallow dimethyl ammonium chloride, which so bad for the environment that it is banned as a cleaning ingredient in Europe. Another laundry product, Final Touch Ultra Liquid Fabric Softener contains quaternium-18 (dihydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride or DHTDMAC), which also cannot be included in cleaning products that are sold in the European Union because it is bad for the environment.

So next time you do your laundry, you might consider the diy project of making your own diy laundry detergent or make your own powdered laundry detergent. Or a simple tip for combating static cling is to use a humidifier if the air in your house is dry. More water in the air means less static electricity. You can also try adding vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash to prevent static cling or run a damp cloth over clothing. While making your own diy laundry detergent, or make your own powdered laundry detergent is not for everyone there are simple eco friendly tips and tricks to ensure your laundry is safe for both you and the environment. You can also make your own dryer sheets with eco friendly cleaning solutions. Using a piece of cotton cloth about four inches square, you can make you own eco friendly cleaning solutions to spray on the fabric. One idea is to make a static spray using some lavender essential oil, some benzoin essential oil and a small dropper bottle. You can then put about four to five drops onto the fabric, then placing in the dryer when you dry your clothes. The amounts of the two oils should be in equal amounts in the bottle.

This article on better ways of fighting static is just one of the eco friendly cleaning supplies articles you will find on the "EWG" site. The "EWG" or Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit environmental research organization that is based in Washington, D.C. "EWG" provides information on home cleaning products from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government.

The site in a ground-breaking initiative uncovers the truth about the toxic chemicals in common home cleaning products and home cleaners. The Environmental Working Group has uncovered compelling evidence that hundreds of home cleaners, and home cleaning products even some of those hyped as green or eco friendly cleaning supplies can inflict serious harm on unknowing users. Many of the home cleaners and home cleaning products pose severe risks to children who may ingest or spill them or breathe in their fumes. This is an excellent site if you want to see what non toxic cleaners and home cleaners rank best, and how the eco friendly cleaning supplies you use rank. *

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