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Monday, March 4, 2013

My April-Fresh Addiction


Happy cold, dreary Monday.  Yep, I knew March would suck, just like very other March.  You THINK it's going to be spring, but it never really is.

I'm also not thrilled about starting another week after we had a pretty great weekend.  At least I start my meditation program this afternoon.  I'm excited about that.  I really need to slow down my mind.  There is way too much clutter in there!  I feel like I've developed ADHD half the time because my mind skips from one thing to another, distracting me from tasks and making me feel scattered and disorganized. 

Anyways, on to other things...

I have a confession: I'm addicted to having April-Fresh clothes!  I can tell you why too: As a child I was deprived of this pleasure.  Yes, please get out your tissues and weep for me.

You see, even though I have very sensitive skin, I have never had problems with scents or fragrances, however, my mother and eczema-prone brother do.  So we only ever used scent-free, hypo-allergenic laundry soap, and no fabric softeners.

I would smell my friends' heavily scented, Downy-soft clothes and sigh enviously.  Why oh why did I have to endure a childhood of scent-free laundry?

So one of the first things I did when I left home was start buying the strongest smelling fabric softeners I could find. 

Until Adam and I started our family and I became more conscious of products I was using in our home.  I realized all the toxic crap that goes in to these fabric softeners, and hence into our clothes, and onto our skin.  And the dryer sheets create additional paper waste, which isn't great for the environment.

Unfortunately, the party was over.

But to be honest, I am now addicted to having perfumed clothes.  Luckily, I found 'natural' scented dryer sheets at Wholefoods and other health food stores, but they still create paper waste, and I often wondered just how healthy they really are.

So I was thrilled to find Nellie's All-Natural products at my favorite health food store recently.  I purchased their dryer balls with a scent stick insert.  These scent sticks are just soy wax and essential oils.  Not only do the dryer balls cut down on drying time - which can save you money on energy costs - but they leave your clothes lightly scented.  Perhaps not as heavily perfumed as generic fabric softeners, but basically April-Fresh enough for me!  Yahoo, I think I've finally found a compromise I can live with.