Friday, January 11, 2008

No more dryer sheets!



Every mom knows that you're not supposed to use dryer sheets on your baby clothes. However we live in a very arid part of the country and clothing without softener is as static as a live electric line! BUT! I have a solution. These came to me compliments of my mother-in-law. They're dryer balls and they work great! I've seen them on t.v. that crazy "oxclean" guy was swearing by them. I don't really trust all the junk on t.v. though so I wasn't going to bother, but now that I've given them a spin (ha ha) I'm happy to recommend them to any one! Not only do they keep the static down, but they actual DO decrease your drying time by helping the air to circulate better. If you're like me and you want to save on drying time, plus money, plus not having to throw away used dryer sheets, then by all means get these little things. They are NOT expensive, and you'll be happy you gave it a try!
Here's a quote from "Your Baby Today"
Choosing detergent Your baby's skin is more sensitive than yours, but as long as you use a mild detergent -- one without color or fragrance -- you can safely wash his clothing with yours. (Just be sure to wash cloth diapers separately from all clothing. See "Washing Diapers," below.) For now, avoid using liquid fabric softeners or dryer sheets since they tend to be perfumed and may irritate baby's skin. Always wash your baby's PJs in detergent rather than natural animal-based soaps because such formulas wash out the flame-retardant chemicals that are used to treat sleepwear.

5 comments:

Sarah Jane said...

Never heard that about the dryer sheets...Why may I ask????

Rachel said...

I think it somehow messes up the "fire retarding" aspect of some baby clothes, and also it's a skin irritant for sensitive skin. So I've heard. :-)

Jason and Kilika said...

whoa. i never heard that I shouldn't use dryer sheets on baby clothes either! handy info since we'll be welcoming little jay soon! where can you get those things? walmart? I've seen them on tv and been tempted to try 'em a few times but never did.

Rachel said...

I haven't seen them at Walmart, and I couldn't find them on walmart.com, but I think you can get them at Linens and Things maybe Bed, Bath and Beyond. You can find them at Babies R Us, and Target. Happy shopping!

Jason and Kilika said...

Aha! I found some on sale at bed bath and beyond! I was a little panicked when I read your post about not using dryer sheets on baby clothes. thanks for the tip :D