Sunday, January 31, 2010

What's New? Dryer Sachets!

To compliment our all natural, 100% veggie laundry powder, we have created dryer sachet pillows! Our NEW Dryer Sachet Pillows provide a gentle, delicate herbal fragrance as they tumble right along with your clean laundry. Unlike chemically treated dryer sheets, our natural sachets do not impart a strong perfume onto your load. Rather, you will enjoy a subtle fragrance. No additional oils are added, to prevent harm to your clothing.

Each dryers sachet is filled with approximately a one cup blend of dried herbs and rice. Rice adds some weight to the sachet, allowing it to tumble around better in the dryer.

Dryer Sachet Facts:

You will receive 2 muslin sachets in a bundle and one slightly larger organza bag.

Each sachet can be used about a dozen times each.Reusable, long lasting & Eco-friendly.

These sachets work great as drawer/closet/camping/room sachet once they've completed their laundry life.

Each muslin sachet is approximately 3” x 4”.

On occasion, the muslin bags could open, or break open due to tumbling. This is what the extra organza bag is for. Simply place the muslin bag inside the organza bag to prevent herbs/spices from sneaking out.

These sachets will not help eliminate static cling, like the commercial laundry sheets do. If you have a static problem in your laundry, adding vinegar to your wash may help.

Offered in the following fragrance:

Lavender ~ Lovely Lavender buds

Spice ~ Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves & Cardamon

Find them here: Dryer Sachets

You can find more information about commercial dryers sheets here: Mother Nature News
Here is some eye opening information I found.
If you were to do a basic search for dryer sheets here is some of the shocking information you can find:

• Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

• Benzyl alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant

• Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's hazardous waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders

• A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage

• Ethyl acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's hazardous waste list

• Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders

• Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic

• Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders

And after talking with my Vegan friend Pam recently, she as alerted me to the fact that Tallow (as in beef fat) is often used in dryer sheets as well! Really? Beef fat? What do they need that for? Apparently it gives each dryer sheet that waxy sheen and softens your clothes. So tumble you clothes around with beef fat to make them smooth and soft? I don't think so. That's not for me.
We have been using these dryer sachets for about 2 months now. Those old dryer sheets that I had left over? It may be an old wives tale, but we heard that mice don't like the smell of them. Mice like to burrow into sailboat sails that are stored for the winter and make a cozy little home. We simply put our dryer sheets inside the sail bag and are hoping for a mouse free spring when it's time to shake out the sails!


sproutsandsweetpeas said...

This is SO AWSOME! I stopped using fabric softener and dryer sheets years ago when a washer / dryer repairman told me they used animal fat in both. As if that wasn't enough, he also told me the liquid form caused a build up in the washer and both forms (liquid in the washer and sheets in the dryer) over time and use clog up the seals and lessened the life of your washer and dryer. I miss a bit of fragerance on my bed sheets especially so these will be perfect! Lavender to help me calm and sleep better! I can't wait.

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

Thanks for your feedback! We are very excited to pair these dryer sachets with our 100% veggie laundry soap.
We brought some sachets to the Farmers Market last weekend and got a great response and some sales already!
Thank you for commenting!