The following information is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Fabric Softeners ..
Health Risks from Dryer Exhaust & Treated Fabric
Did You Know? Fabric softeners, like other fragrant products, contain petrochemicals used in untested combinations. These chemicals can adversely affect the central nervous system (CNS).. your brain and spine.
These chemicals affect the CNS with the following symptoms: blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness, headaches, hunger, memory loss, numbness in face, pain in neck & spine, autism, Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit disorder, dementia, multiple chemical sensitivity, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, seizures, strokes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
The most common chemicals found in Fabric Softeners and their health risks are: Alpha-Terpineol - Side effects: central nervous system disorders, highly irritating to lungs; pneumonitis, fatal edema, ataxia (loss of muscle coordination) , headaches, respiratory depression
Benzyl Acetate - side effects: pancreatic cancer, irritating to eyes and lungs, respiratory coughs and lung irritation
Benzyl Alcohol - side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, upper respiratory tract problems, central nervous system depression, and death in severe respiratory responses
Camphor - side effects: central nervous system disorders, irritates eyes, nose & throat, dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles & convulsions
Chloroform - side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, irritation of respiratory tract, loss of consciousness, kidney disorders, liver disorders, skin disorders, inhalation can be fatal
Ethyl Acetate - side effects: headache, stupor, anemia, leukocytosis, liver damage, kidney damage, irritating to eyes and respiratory tract
Limonene - side effects: human carcinogen
Linalool - side effects: respiratory disturbances, depression, CNS disorders
Pentane - side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritation of respiratory tract, loss of consciousness depression, dermatitis, CNS disorders
We have the SAFER solution: Soft Dryer Sheets--a vegetable-based softener on a biodegradable sheet that splits in two in the dryer for reducing cling. Fragrance Free! [We have liquid fabric softener concentrate also.]
If you know of anyone with the above health issues, PLEASE recommend me. You may save a life, or at the very least make life more comfortable for someone you love.