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Bounce fabric softener sheets do more

Eliminates static cling from pantyhose. Rub a damp, used sheet of Bounce over the hose.

Prevents musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

Freshens the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

Cleans baked-on food from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in the pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agents apparently weaken the bond between the food and the pan while the fabric softening agents soften the baked-on food.

Eliminates odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

Collects cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

Eliminates static electricity from venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resetting.

Deodorizes shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight so they'll smell great in the morning.

Visitors comments

Cut them in half Comments By: Deb on 2005-05-19
Cut sheet in half & put in dryer, does the same job as a full sheet, a box will last you twie as long & saves you $$$.
DO NOT USE THIS FOR ANYTHING BUT THE DRYER Comments By: Papa Dragon on 2005-05-27
This product was never intended for use outside of the dryer enviroment. the Chemicals present in dryer sheets are Highly Toxic and should never be used as an air freshener or bug repellant. Common sense is a rare thing in todays world.
Bounce Comments By: June on 2005-05-31
I think that all drier sheets will do most of this! I bought Bounce just in case I am wrong!
multiple uses Comments By: debbie on 2006-01-26
Most things on the market can be used for numerous things. If they told you on the label all the things you could use it for they would have to charge you more. Here is my theory. If it works use it. Because I, like many other people don't have the money or the extra space to buy products for everything.
Toxic chemicals? Comments By: Faye on 2006-12-09
Papa Dragon, I don't understand you comment when the dryer throws out the warm air, with the chemicals from the Bounce sheet. So they can't be toxic to breathe. Also the chemicals would be on the clothes, so they can't be toxic to the skin.
CHEMICALS IN BOUNCE Comments By: Zan on 2007-08-26
Papa Dragon-I agree and would like to know the chemicals in bounce. I've heard there is a lot of formaldehyde.
It requires much more research. Some chemicals in small amounts cause no harm, but in larger quantities it could be toxic.

Dryer Sheets are very toxic Comments By: dragunlady on 2008-08-16



STURTEVANT, WI, February 21, 2005 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Many people will remember a famous TV ad where a woman races to her washing machine, fabric softener in hand, only to arrive just as the wash ends. This woman who "forgot to ad the fabric softener" was actually doing herself and her family a favor.

Although they may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh, fabric softener and dryer sheets are some of the most toxic products around. And chances are that the staggering 99.8 percent of Americans who use common commercial detergents, fabric softeners, bleaches, and stain removers would think twice if they knew they contained chemicals that could cause cancer and brain damage.

Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets:
Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 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
Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
So how could products with pretty names like Soft Ocean Mist, Summer Orchard and April Fresh be so dangerous?

The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong smelling -- so strong that they require the use of these heavy fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover up the smells. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics, which are the reason fabric softeners were created in the first place, do not smell good either when heated in a dryer or heated by our bodies ... hence the need for even more hefty fragrances.

In other words, remove all the added fragrance that endears people to fabric softeners and -- like the clich� wolf in sheep's clothing -- the real smells of the chemical-laced fabric softener and the synthetic fabrics they were designed around may prompt people to shoot their laundry machines and be done with it.

Are "Soft" Clothes Worth It?
Fabric softeners are made to stay in your clothing for long periods of time. As such, chemicals are slowly released either into the air for you to inhale or onto your skin for you to absorb. Dryer sheets are particularly noxious because they are heated in the dryer and the chemicals are released through dryer vents and out into the environment.

Health effects from being exposed to the chemicals in fabric softeners include:
Central nervous system disorders
Blood pressure reduction
Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
Pancreatic cancer
Soften Your Clothes Safely With These Tips:
Even if you don't feel the effects of these chemicals today, they can affect you gradually over time, and children, whose systems are still developing, are particularly at risk. There's really no reason to expose yourself to these risky chemicals when natural alternatives exist. Not only are they safer for you, your family and the environment, but they're much more economical too:

Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric
Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and eliminate cling
Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals
It's likely that fabric softeners and dryer sheets aren't the only toxic products in your home. Many household products that consumers regard as safe are also full of toxic chemicals. Our past articles on PEG Compounds in Cosmetics and Phenols in Common Household Cleansers are two of the all-time most popular articles on SixWise.com and will make you more aware of the pervasiveness of harmful chemicals that can be eliminated from your home.

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So yeah, toxic as all hell and not something I want my family to breath in the air!

Poison Comments By: Anon on 2009-01-26
If you put it in your hair you could get it in you mouth. And then who knows what could

Poison Comments By: Anon on 2009-01-26
If you put it in your hair you could get it in you mouth. And then who knows what could

Harmful Effects of Dryer Sheets Comments By: Lis on 2009-01-25
Our neighbours are using Bounce sheets in their dryer in the extension which is next to our extension with no proper dividing wall. I have suffered headaches nausea sickness and giddiness, burning lips and skin. My husband sore throats and a dry mouth as the smells are coming all around our house.
Do you know what our neighbours' response is? Using more sheets and saying we are making false 'accusations' and rubbish thrown in our garden.Last night we had to go to our local Casualty to be checked out, our lips blistered in case of anaphylitic shock. Why are these products made?

Toxic Bounce Comments By: Paul on 2009-01-31
I too get sick from these dryer sheets. My neighbour's dryer vent is adjacent to my garden and the toxic perfume smell makes my lips tingle and then followed by a terrible headache. I can't go into my garden now whenever their dryer is on. Bounce and all dryer sheets should be banned.
It ought to be against the law to sell this stuff Comments By: Gail Clayton on 2009-03-24
These things make Chemically Sensitive people's lives a living hell. We can't go anywhere or do anything for fear of becoming ill running across someone who has these chemicals on their clothing!
Bounce Dryer Sheets Comments By: Lis on 2009-07-04
After 11 months of putting up with the fumes from the neighbours dryer, the neighbour and his family seem to be using the sheets every time I go into the back garden as a form of harrassment. My lips get sore and I have to come in. Paul, where do you live, what area?
Is no one else taking this seriously? I have had enough now, these sheets are dangerous!

Facts of Bounce Dryer sheets Comments By: Anon on 2009-07-27
A toxicology report issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) June 2, 2009 suggests that using a fabric softener may be toxic to your health and the health of your baby. Three of the seven toxic chemicals found in fabric softener and dryer sheets are of high concern to ECHA researchers because they are known to cause reproductive issues and birth defects.

The other chemicals identified in fabric softener and dryer sheets as being toxic include one known carcinogen and three PBT substances. PBT stands for "persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic," meaning the levels of the substance in the body accumulate over time, do not decrease but stay present, and at a certain level become toxic.

The seven substances in fabric softener that are toxic:

* musk xylene
* 4,4`-diaminodiphenylmethane - MDA
* short chained chlorinated paraffins
* hexabromocyclododecane
* bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate
* benzylbutylphthalate
* dibutylphthalate

� musk xylene (vPvB). A fragrance enhancer which is used for example in detergents, fabric softeners and fabric conditioners;
� 4,4`-diaminodiphenylmethane - MDA (carcinogenic). A hardener which is used for example in epoxy resins and adhesives;
� short chained chlorinated paraffins - SCCPs (PBT and vPvB). A substance mostly used as flame retardant and/or plasticiser in various applications such as high- performance rubber, sealants, paints or textile coating;
� hexabromocyclododecane - HBCDD (PBT). A flame retardant which is used for example in polystyrene, which is then further processed for the production of insulation panels/boards or packaging products, and in textile applications;
� bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate - DEHP (Toxic for reproduction). A plasticiser which is used in a wide range of PVC and other polymers applications, such as for example flooring, roofing, coated fabrics, medical devices or primary packaging of medicinal products, as well as in various preparations such as for example sealants, adhesives and inks;
� benzylbutylphthalate - BBP (Toxic for reproduction). A plasticiser which is used for example in polymer products, and in particular in PVC for flooring applications, in textile and leather coating, as well as in various other preparations such as sealants, coating and inks or adhesives;
� dibutylphthalate - DBP (Toxic for reproduction). A specialist plasticiser which is used in particular in various polymer (PVC/non-PVC) applications (such as floor covering or primary packaging of medicinal products), and as a component of various preparations such as adhesives or paints.
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Just that ethanol issue! Comments By: Julie on 2009-09-20
Whereas I don't disagree that there may be very many dangerous chemicals in household products, I am perturbed that dragunlady should pick out ethanol as most awful- which is, folks, the active ingredient in that nice cold beer or your JD on the rocks- single chain alcohol. A little science can be dangerous.
BOUNCE DRYER SHEETS Comments By: Jola on 2009-11-10
Bounce dryer sheets and any other chemicals, including "beauty products" are MAN MADE CHEMICALS from petrolum...NOT! natural growing products in nature. Comen sense people.
Thay Make Me Sick Comments By: Csaba on 2011-05-25
WHen I was I child I would beg my mom to not use Bounce Sheets but she always did and it made being in clothing a really bad experience. I hated the stuff so much. When I smell it from a block away it is too much. Sorry bounce, I shouldn't pick on you. They all suck! What about this Soy stuff mentioned. I'm sure some compound derived from soy, probably genitically altered in some way cant be much better for you; or perhaps when inhaled it makes you super smart or horny. MMMMMMM. Vinegar is cool though. That's good stuff man and the baking Soda Rocks Too.
Why is this "tip" still on the web? Comments By: Abdel Irada on 2011-07-21
Dryer sheets release toxic air contaminants even when used as directed and not to excess. Please consider the risks to your readers' health should they follow your advice -- particularly as pertains to putting these harmful compounds in contact with cooking equipment.

Is the money your site earns by advertising such foolhardy practices really worth someone's health?


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