As redheads with sensitive skin, we have to be cautious of the products we use in our homes. Dryer sheets are a commonly used household item that can negatively affect those with sensitive skin due to the fact that they are highly scented. In addition to being not so gentle on the skin, dryer sheets aren’t very good for the environment. Here are a few sensitive skin-friendly (and eco-conscious) alternatives for dryer sheets.
1. Wool Dryer Balls
Wool dryer balls have all the same benefits as dryer sheets, but without waste or harsh perfumes. Dryer balls can help to eliminate static, they can give your clothes a good scent when combined with essential oils, and they can even cut down on drying time by distributing your clothes more evenly in the dryer.
‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendations: Handy Laundry Wool Dryer Balls | Nellie’s Scented Wool Dryerball
2. Silicone Dryer Balls
If you want something ultra hypoallergenic and lint-free, check out silicone dryer balls. They come in tons of shapes, sizes, and cute designs. They have all the same benefits as wool dryer balls but are perfect for those with wool sensitivities or who want to reduce lint. There are even silicone dryer balls with fragrance sticks to keep your clothes smelling great.
‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendations: Whitmor Dryer Balls | Ecoegg Dryer Egg
3. Reusable Dryer Sheets
If dryer balls just aren’t your thing, try reusable dryer sheets. They can be used for multiple washes and are usually hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. You can also make your own dryer sheet substitute by dampening a washcloth with vinegar and adding that to your dryer load. You can add essential oils if you want a scent.
‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendations: Purecosheet Reusable Dryer Sheets
4. Washing Add-Ins
There are also things you can add to your wash to eliminate the need for dryer sheets. One of those things is vinegar. Add ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar to your washing load to help eliminate smells and soften clothes. Another great washing add-in is baking soda. Adding a teaspoon to the wash cycle will have effects similar to vinegar. Just be sure you DO NOT combine the two, or you will have a huge mess.
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