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Are Dryer Sheets Bad for You or Your Dryer?

While it’s true that some dryer sheets could be “bad” for your dryer by creating residue, most of them are no worse than your detergent. But are dryer sheets bad for you? It’s possible that some types may be.

All dryer sheet manufacturers have to meet certain safety guidelines, and all chemicals used in dryer sheets must be approved by the FDA. However, since dryer sheets aren’t applied directly to your body, manufacturers don’t have to disclose ingredients on the packaging. Some of these ingredients, particularly fragrances, can irritate people’s skin after they put on laundered clothing. This reaction can differ from person to person.

Let’s delve into the debate about dryer sheets, your health, and your dryer’s longevity.

Are Dryer Sheets Bad for You?

Even though the chemicals in dryer sheets are generally recognized as safe, more research is needed to determine the potential health effects of scented laundry products.

In one study of five name-brand dryer sheets, researchers found that the sheets emitted 15 endocrine-disrupting compounds associated with asthma. Even though dryer sheet toxicity is still disputed, if you do have sensitive skin, asthma, or migraines, it may be worth finding and using an alternative to dryer sheets. You might also be interested in our comparison of dryer sheets vs. fabric softener.

What Are Dryer Sheets Made Of?

Dryer sheets are made from polyester fibers coated with a softening agent, such as fatty or stearic acids. Most types also contain artificial or natural fragrances.

These ingredients make dryer sheets useful for fabric softening and other unique uses. Our friends at Molly Maid® have a great list of uncommon uses for dryer sheets!

Are Dryer Sheets Bad for Your Dryer?

There is some debate about whether dryer sheets are good or bad for your dryer. The answer lies somewhere in the middle of extremes. The heat from the dryer can melt the acids that coat dryer sheets, covering your dryer with a sticky coating. Some detergents can cause the same thing.

Though you may not notice this coating right away, it can build up on the dryer lint filter over time. If the filter becomes clogged, your dryer may fail to dry clothes properly, turn off midway through running, or run without heating up. To avoid this, keep the filter properly maintained, and clean up residue on other parts of the dryer regularly.

Typically, dryer sheets are no worse for your dryer than detergent. If you practice good dryer maintenance and cleaning, you can continue to use dryer sheets in your dryer.

Having Problems with Your Laundry Appliances?

If you do notice any problems with your dryer, Mr. Appliance® is here to help. When it comes to laundry machine repair, our experts will quickly assess the issue and provide reliable solutions. Get started by scheduling service here or calling your local team.