BB Hack #2 | Detox Your Dryer: How to Decontaminate Your Laundry Routine

BB Hack 2: Detox Your Dryer with Branch Basics


Detox your Dryer with Branch Basics: BB Hack #2

  1. Spray down the interior of your dryer with a bottle of All-Purpose Branch Basics.  Let the solution pool in the empty dryer for about 10 minutes. 
  2. Dampen a bath towel with water and spray towel with All-Purpose Branch Basics as well. Add this to the dryer and turn on a standard dryer cycle.  Allow the dryer to run until the cycle is complete and the towel is dry. 
  3. Repeat as needed until the odors disappear – sometimes once is enough!

Why would I need to detox my dryer?

If you have ever dried laundry washed in conventional detergents with added dryer sheets or fabric softener, then you have residual chemicals that contaminate the dryer. Each time you turn on a cycle with freshly washed clothes, any remaining chemicals from the dryer heat up and transfer to the clothes. Even small amounts of these chemicals on your skin may cause skin irritation and/or respiratory problems.

I only use 100% natural laundry detergents like Branch Basics Concentrate. Do I still need to detox?

We’re so glad you’ve converted to completely natural detergents! However, if you have ever used a synthetic detergent or dryer sheets in the past, you’ll want to make sure you decontaminate the dryer to ensure you get the full benefit of the nontoxic cleaner.  Are you renting? Chances are that previous tenants used harsh chemicals on their laundry and there are contaminants still lingering. You want to get those chemicals gone for good!

Wait a second. I can wash my laundry with BB?

Oh yes – please do! You can learn the WHY here. You can learn the HOW here. It’s easy to do and your body (and kids and pets) will thank you!

What’s a BB Hack?

Each BB Hack is a short recipe for a new use of Branch Basics.


Further Reading:

One of the best ways to start a house-wide detox and improve your indoor air quality is to remove all the products with harmful chemicals you’re using to wash your laundry. Read about the hazardous chemicals in conventional detergents here: Do You Know What’s In Your Laundry Detergent?

Ready to switch to a totally nontoxic detergent? Here’s how to start using Branch Basics for Laundry.

Now that your dryer is toxin-free, you can start using a human safe alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softeners. See which ones we’re Currently Loving.

What are the dangers of using products with fragrance (like air fresheners) in your home? You might be surprised by how many chemicals you’re hanging on to in the form of fragranced products! Fragrance is the New Secondhand Smoke.

Curious about what else you can do with Branch Basics? Check out this easy BB Hack #1: Air Freshener Spray.

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    1. Hello Bon. Here are the ingredients for our concentrate:

      Purified Water

      Coco Glucoside – A naturally-derived surfactant derived from coconut, coco glucoside is one of the most gentle cleansing agents available and is a natural alternative to the harsher cocamidopropyl betaine and sulfates. Its chemical nature and production process results in a surfactant free of impurities like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, making it suitable for baby and pet products.

      Chamomile Flower Extract – An organic flower extract with Allergen (IFRA) Certifications, which certifies it is nonallergenic and is not a fragrance. From its anti-irritant, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties to its nourishing and skin-soothing characteristics, this is our star ingredient!

      Decyl Glucoside – A naturally-derived surfactant cleanser derived from coconut and/or corn. Due to its mild nature, it is often used in skincare products and baby products as well as fruit and veggie sprays, as it will not harm the delicate skin on berries.

      Sodium Citrate – A plant-derived, biodegradable sodium salt that acts as a water softener. It’s also used as an acidity regulator in food and drinks (think club soda!) and as an emulsifier (it enables cheeses to melt without becoming greasy).

      Lauryl Glucoside – Lauryl glucoside is an non-ionic surfactant derived from coconut that can be used as a foaming agent, conditioner or emulsifier. Its excellent foaming capabilities makes it popular for hair care and dermatological products.

      Sodium Bicarbonate – A mineral-based water softener, also known as baking soda!

      Sodium Phytate – A natural chelator, phytic acid is found in plant seeds and is often used commercially as a preservative due to its antioxidant properties.

      If you have any other questions, just ask.

  1. This all sounds good, but I have to wash my clothes in a community laundry room. I used to have a clothesline to dry my clothes. So some clothes go in the dryer and some get hanged to dry either on the patio or in the apartment.


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