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Why we should avoid fabric softener

Hey you! Do you know that, too? You wash your clothes with fabric softener to make them soft and fragrant. But have you ever considered that fabric softener is not only expensive, but also poses unseen dangers to your health and the environment? In this blog post, I want to talk to you about why it's a good idea not to use fabric softener. Let's discover together what advantages this can have for you, the environment and your wallet.

  1. Health Concerns: Fabric softener contains a variety of chemical substances, some of which are potentially harmful. For example, plasticizers like phthalates can upset the hormonal balance in your body and have negative effects on your reproduction and development. In addition, the fragrances in fabric softeners can trigger allergic reactions and irritate your respiratory tract. By not using fabric softener, you protect your health and reduce the risk of negative effects on your body.

  2. Environmental protection: Fabric softener is not only harmful to you, but also to the environment. Many of the chemical substances contained in fabric softeners are poorly biodegradable and can pollute water bodies. When washing with fabric softener, these chemicals find their way into wastewater and ultimately into rivers, lakes and oceans. There they can cause long-term damage to aquatic ecosystems and disrupt the natural balance. By not using fabric softener, you are helping to protect our valuable environment and its inhabitants.

  3. Impairing the functionality of clothing: Fabric softener leaves a thin layer on the fibers of clothing, making them softer and smoother. However, this layer can affect the functionality of certain garments. Sportswear, for example, is often equipped with special moisture-wicking properties to effectively wick away sweat. Fabric softener can affect this functionality.

  4. Animal Ingredients: Another commonly overlooked problem with fabric softeners is the use of animal ingredients. Some fabric softeners contain animal fats or oils that are used to create softness and smoothness. These animal ingredients are often derived from the meat industry, thus contributing to the demand for animal by-products. By not using fabric softener, you can actively help to eliminate animal products from your household and make a positive contribution to animal welfare.

  5. Savings for your wallet: Fabric softener might seem like a good investment at first, but if you look deeper you'll find that it can cost you dearly in the long run. Compared to traditional detergents, fabric softeners are often more expensive and their use leads to additional expenses. By not using fabric softener, you can not only save money, but also protect the environment, since less packaging material has to be produced and disposed of. You also protect your clothes because they can last longer without fabric softener.

One more reason not to use fabric softener:
After washing with OceanWash, your clothes will feel soft even without fabric softener and will be easy to iron and lay. :-)

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