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#1 of 10 Old 02-25-2007, 03:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I really hate Bounce-type products because they smell so chemically. Is there a more natural way to keep clothes from getting staticy in the dryer?

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#2 of 10 Old 02-25-2007, 03:28 PM
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You know, we've been fabric-softener-free for years now and I find that giving the clothes a good shake as you pull them out of the dryer is usually enough to de-static them sufficiently. Sheets/towels/etc., usually require a little more shaking, and I will admit that once I did find a sock stuck inside my pants leg when I was dropping my kids off at preschool but in general I think I get less buildup on my clothing these days than I used to. And this isn't even a natural living thing. I just quit using it because I felt like my clothes weren't getting as clean with the buildup.

However, will be watching this thread in case anyone has a good non-buildup suggestion.
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My MIL told me that if you don't use fabric softener, to put vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser in the washing machine. I've been doing that and it seems to work beautifully. When I forget to do it, the clothes, especially towels, seem to come out kind of "crunchy."
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Yep, I use white vinegar in a Downy ball, and it works great. I took a gallon jug of vinegar, wrote FABRIC SOFTENER on it in huge red letters, and then liberally dosed it with lavender EO, and it leaves such a delicious smell on the laundry. Even DH likes it, and he usually doesn't like anything that doesn't smell like food.

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Method has natural fabric softeners. I haven't used them, but it seems like a good natural product.

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I have these two blue rub balls with little nubby things on them that I got at Linens n Things that work great. I haven't use a dryer sheet since.

And vinegar in the rinse it great too. I'm going to have to try the lavender EO in it-that's my favorite scent!

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I do the vinegar thing. I haven't found a fabric softener I am not allergic to.

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Hmm. Wonder what I'm doing wrong. I have the two blue nubby balls, but they don't seem to do a thing. I also worry about the type of plastic they are and what kind of off-gasing they're doing, esp. w/ all that dryer heat.

And I used vinegar in the fab softener ball, but just like my fab softener, it seems to come out of the ball at the wrong time, b/c some of the clothes smell strongly of vinegar, even a week later, in the drawer. My non-natural fabric softener stains the clothes, so I don't use that right now either, since I will only use the ball (not going to run down there to put it in the rinse).

Wonder what I'm doing wrong. Any ideas?
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I wonder if you could soak small cloths in some sort of solution and throw them in the dryer with your wet clothes? Maybe a vinegar/water/lavender concoction? I've thought about doing this, but I'm not really sure what to use.

Also, I saw "natural" dryer sheets from Arm & Hammer last time I went grocery shopping. I don't know what their definition of natural is, but they might be worth an investigation.
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#10 of 10 Old 02-27-2007, 12:59 PM
I checked into the Method softeners. They may be more natural than Bounce, but it is still a waxy substance that coats your clothes to keep them soft. I don't like losing the absorbency in my towels. I use vinegar in the rinse & it works great. The only static it doesn't knock out completely is on fleece. I haven't seen the Arm & Hammer. I'll have to look for them & check out the ingredients.
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