Hot Tip: Soften Sheets with Baking Soda

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We just got a looooong email forward (you know the kind) about the dangers of fabric softener, which is said to include chemicals like "chloroform, benzyl acetate and pentane." While we can't verify the information in the email, it's really no surprise that fabric softeners have a number of artificial ingredients and chemicals in them. So, here's a more natural way to soften those sheets...

Add a cup of baking soda to the washing machine... simple and relatively harmless.

We tend to skip fabric softener entirely. What do you use?

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