I’ve tried a few brands and types of dryer sheets and decided to review them all together so you can compare. I’m basing my critiques on 3 criteria: effectiveness, “green”ness, and affordability.
Honest Dryer Cloths
$6.95 for 32 sheets (each cloth can be used twice)
- Effectiveness: The cloths are very effective at removing static and making my clothes soft. The fragrance is really nice but not overwhelming.
- Greenness: Like all Honest products, the cloths are free of SLS, fragrance, dyes, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, formaldehyde, and caustics and they are biodegradable, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, pH neutral, and vegan.
- Affordability: These sheet are pretty price, but you can use each cloth twice, so theoretically you get 64 loads in each package.
- Other: The cloths are pre-moistened. I really like this feature because I sometimes fluff my hang-dry clothes in the dryer, and this moisture creates a little steam that works to remove wrinkles.
Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener Sheets
$4.99 for 80 sheets
- Effectiveness: The sheets didn’t make a big difference. It got rid of static but didn’t seem to soften my clothes.
- Greenness: These sheets are unbleached, recyclable, biodegradable, and processed without chemicals containing chlorine; USDA Certified Biobased Product.
- Affordability: These are SUPER affordable.
- Other: They’re are made of unbleached paper, so you can compost them after they’ve been through the dryer.
Mrs. Meyer’s Dryer Sheets
$7.99 for 80 sheets
- Effectiveness: These sheets are moderately effective. My clothes didn’t have static, and they felt a little softer. The basil fragrance is lovely out of the box but doesn’t last on your clothes.
- Greenness: They are 99% naturally derived and free of phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colors, parabens, and animal derived ingredients.
- Affordability: These sheets are on the expensive side.
Method Dryer-Activated Fabric Softener
$7.99 for 1 spray bottle (100 loads)
- Effectiveness: This spray works really well at softening my clothes and getting rid of static. The fresh air fragrance is pleasant and lasts on your clothes.
- Greenness: Like all Method products, the spray is free of ammonia, phthalates, chlorine, parabens, phosphates, and animal derived ingredients. And because there’s no sheet, there’s nothing to go in the landfill, and the bottle is recyclable.
- Affordability: Not the most expensive but not the cheapest.
- Other: To use, you can spray directly into the dryer once you’re clothes are in. I like to get a microfiber cloth damp, spray that instead, and throw it in the dryer. Alternatively, if you use those wool dryer balls you can spray them.
Last week, the California Legislature passed the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. This resolution
… urges Congress to enact legislation that would establish reasonable deadlines for the nationwide prohibition of animal testing and urges the federal government to mandate testing alternatives which appear to be readily available and effectively utilized.
Check out the article on Huffington Post for more information. I hope that this functions as a tremendous display of support for the Humane Cosmetics Act (House Resolution 4148) that was introduced in March of this year. You can show your support for this bill by going here to sign the petition and going here to ask your representatives to co-sponsor the bill.
SheaMoisture is a company that makes bath, body,face, hair, and baby products from natural, organic ingredients. Its line of products is extensive–it even makes hair dye! The company has a pretty cool history too: Sofi Tucker started selling Shea nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. She then created hair and skin products with those Shea nuts and started selling those. Her grandchildren started SheaMoisture and today are continuing her legacy. Its products are free of lots of the baddies we’re supposed to avoid like phthalates, parabens, artificial colors and fragrances, mineral oil, and petroleum. And of course the company is cruelty free.
SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk is a great leave-in styler and curl tamer. In the summer months, my wavy hair gets really frizzy. If I let my hair air dry without any product, it would triple in volume. I know that I could blow dry it, style it, etc., but I’m SUPER lazy and let it air dry every day even though I know it will look terrible.
This styling milk is the perfect solution for people like me who are hair-lazy. I towel dry my hair and then comb a generous amount of this product through my hair. Then I braid it or put it in a bun (I suppose curlers would also work) and leave it alone. When I eventually let my hair down, it’s not frizzy; the curls are defined. Other pluses:
- Smells lovely, like sweet coconut
- Is not sticky at all
- Acts as a detangler, so great for wet hair
- Hard to use too much (i.e., doesn’t seem to weigh my hair down even if I use a bunch)
You may not know this, but Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) is Cruelty-Free International’s international ambassador? From its website:
I am so pleased to support Cruelty Free International and be part of the global campaign to end cosmetics tests on animals. It is unacceptable that animals continue to suffer around the world, including the United States of America, for the sake of beauty. I appeal to the USA to follow the European Union’s lead and end animal testing for cosmetics.
He’s also a vegetarian. From IMDb:
I like animals, all animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog – or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegetarian.
I’ve long admired this guy’s acting chops, but now I respect him on a different level!
Check out this concise article about animal testing and the importance of shopping cruelty free. The author shares her personal experience with and feelings about animal testing.
For those of us who are veterans at cruelty-free consumerism, the article may seem perfunctory, but think of it this way: Refinery29 is a wildly popular fashion/entertainment/shopping site. This article is introducing the topic of animal testing to a wide audience and opening the door to cruelty-free living. Thanks, Ashlee Piper, for getting the word out!