(Closed) dryer sheets when pre-washing?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t use dryer sheets on my baby stuff … but I have extremely sensitive skin and any of the ones I have tried have made me break out in rashes!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have been using dryer sheets on all of muchkin clothes and has had no effects on him at all.  I use bounce dryer sheets

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I def wouldn’t use dryer sheets for my baby’s clothes.  I get hives when I wear clothes that have been washed with them, so I’d hate for him to have the same reaction. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We use tide free detergent and bounce free dryer sheets. We switched all of our clothes to it so we don;t have to separate all the clothes.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hm. It didn’t even occur to me to not use them. But you bring up a very good point. My husband was allergic to the universe when he was a baby. And my two nephews also had/has a lot of allergies as do my brothers. So I”m extremely concerned about our baby having allergies. So to err on the side of caution I’m thinking I won’t use dryer sheets either.

For those that didn’t what about static??? Is there a natural alternative to put into the dryer wihtout using dryer sheets?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We haven’t had any problems with the fragrance free items. Darling Husband and my 2 stepchildren all had severe allergies as babies. So far no problems with the baby.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I plan to skip the the fabric softner for baby’s clothes and bedding. Static is usually caused by over-drying, so if you don’t dry clothes as long, you can minimize static. You could also try dryer balls.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@abbyful:  

Thanks! Good point about the dryer balls; I’ll try that for the baby’s clothes. We’ll have to continue to use dryer sheets for our clothes because my husband LOVES the smell of Bounce. He’s addicted! hahah

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I stopped using dryer sheets because of the cats; they are ubber sensitive to chemicals. Wool dryer balls ROCK!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

You can also add white vinegar to the rinse cycle.  It works great for people with allergies, and it works similarly to fabric softener.  You’ll reduce static cling and it removes any soap residue.  It also won’t leave your clothes smelling like vinegar either.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’ll be switching to dryer balls.  And because we are cloth diapering, you are not even supposed to use dryer sheets on your regular clothes because the residue will stay in the machine and go onto the cloth diapers (causing them to be non-absorbant). 

Buying dryer balls is on my to-do list this week actually, so thanks for the reminder. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I use dryer balls for all our clothes due to my senstivities, one of my sets of dryer balls has an insert that you can add a couple drops of essential oil, so your clothes still get a nice smell to them. I usually use lavender.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been using Tide Free and no dryer sheets for the baby laundry.  What are dryer balls?

@cvbee:  Seriously?!  We’re cloth diapering too, and I’m that Darling Husband will be really bummed when he finds out that he’s not supposed to use dryer sheets anymore on his clothes. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used them when I washed our baby clothes. I didn’t know there was anything against them!

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