Dryer Balls and Learning to Let Go

I know, I know …what the hell is this even about, you ask? Well it’s true… the idea started with dryer balls. Wool ones …that you stick in the dryer. I know that most of you probably think I roll around, up to my eyeballs, in essential oils all day doing DIY shit and burning sage. Not true. In fact I am just as (or was and sometimes still am) lost in all of this information as many of you are. It all feels new age-y or hippie-ish. People become obsessed with this lifestyle…OBSESSED, and for many that feels off putting…. It feels like somebody wants to…….. SELL ME SOMETHING!!!. ***read that last bit in your best SpongeBob voice****

So I want you, reader, to know that I am looking right at you when I say …. I get that, I feel that. OK, hippie-ish …I’ll give that one to you, my sons even think I’m a hippie. But new age-y or new …. I can’t do. This practice of using essential oils has been around for thousands of years my friends… Not even kidding.
Sorry, I get a little side tracked sometimes with this topic. I get a little angry too, but I have a point…. I promise. We have been sold so much crap and harmful crap at that … and then once we realize it’s crap we have to really, REALLY research how to live without all this stuff and that right there is what has overwhelmed me and made me throw in the towel and grab for the convenient more times than I like to admit.
Most of you know I have a large family but did you know I hate DIY projects? I do … I hate them. I don’t have the time in the day it takes to make chapstick and deodorant …I don’t even want to. And look …I was an art major for the first 3 years of college…. I love creativity, and art, and painting, and pottery making……. But ask me to do DIY home projects and somehow I instantly get a twitch. Sad, I know.

So what the hell do dryer balls have to do with any of this?? That’s another part of this story where I want to tell you that I am just like you  …. But I’m letting part of that go. For instance dryer sheets … they are the devil, and I love them. There I said it … I love them. I love the smell, I love how my clothes feel…LOVE. But they suck, here’s why:

According to the author of The Brain Wash, here are the seven most common chemicals found in dryer sheets and their effect on the central nervous system:

  1. Alpha-Terpineol causes central nervous system disorders. Can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.
  2. Benzyl Alcohol causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
  3. Camphor on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
  4. Chloroform on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
  5. Ethyl Acetate on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).
  6. Linalool causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.
  7. Pentane causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapours causes central nervous system depression.


What. The. Fuck?!?!? Sorry… I’m sure not all of you share my love of profanity… but seriously.. what the fuck???!! This is the stuff that makes me angry. We are sold this stuff with fluffy teddy bears, spring breezes, and babies.. and it’s all bullshit. It’s harmful to us.. to my CHILDREN!

So last month there was a Young Living promotion that included wool dryer balls as a free promo item. Well my purchase didn’t qualify me for those .. but I also didn’t stop thinking about it. I mean what would be the harm in buying some and trying them? I didn’t have to actually make the damn things… just buy them and then put drops of Lavender e.o. on them, right? And this is the part where I had to just let go….. I went on Amazon and bought some wool dryer balls, and I just had to let go of the idea that my clothes would not have that smell. I’m so attached to that smell…I didn’t want to let it go. I also think I didn’t want to let go of the idea that all of this just cannot be really happening out there, that we are being lied to. We are being sold things we give to, or use on, our families that could harm them in the long run. I don’t like thinking about the world that way, but it’s true and I have to let go of my idealisms as well and take action.

Guess what happened when I used those fluffy little wool balls? Magic that’s what!! I was not expecting much, trust me. I just did not understand how they could do ANYTHING. But they did! My clothes are literally soft and of course they smell lovely because I use my Lavender e.o. on the dryer balls. I swear … I am in love, and it took me 3 or 4 days to use them after I got them … THAT is how much I am stuck in my routines… even after I started to learn all the nasty stuff.

So I guess the moral to this story is just that if you think you aren’t the “type” of person to use essential oils or alternative methods of everyday living …..neither am I. I’m just a mom trying to make some changes that could positively affect the long term health of my family. And even I struggle in that process!!! But you have to let some things go…like the idea of using most of the things you are sold on TV…and just try one thing at a time until you see the changes and change how you think.

My next project is homemade laundry detergent ….trust me, the “recipe” is so, so easy and you can buy most ingredients pretty easily….but holy shit does that sound like a big DIY project. Yuck. But I’m going to do it …….. most likely cussing the entire time.