Round out your green cleaning routine.
While some green cleaning swaps require a little more effort and elbow grease, making the switch from dryer sheets to dryer balls couldn't be easier. After all, why would you continually buy packs of fragranced sheets, when eco-friendly dryer balls can be used for countless washes?
Dryer sheets are usually made of polyester and are coated with a waxy softening and anti-static solution, along with fragrance. Though these inorganic ingredients are controversial, what's clear across the board is that these polyester sheets are designed to be thrown out after each use, as they lose their efficacy after tumbling in the dryer. Wool dryer balls, conversely, can be used for years.
Admittedly, the jury is out on whether or not dryer balls significantly reduce static — certain materials, like microfiber, will cling to lace or fibrous materials, even when wool dryer balls are used. There are a few hacks out there to help boost dryer balls' static-reducing power, such as moistening them or sticking them with a safety pin, but their efficacy may differ from load to load. It still may be a good idea to separate clingy materials or air-dry them when possible.
With so many varieties of dryer balls on the market — both wool and plastic — it can be tricky to discern which type is really the best for your household. We're breaking down everything you have to know about buying eco-friendly dryer balls online, so you can enjoy chemical- and waste-free laundry loads.
Tim: U.S. intelligence officials with the National Center for Medical Intelligence issued a report in late November warning that a virus was taking root in China, ABC News reported Wednesday. “Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” a source inside the government told ABC, and the report was shared with the White House, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff and the Defense Intelligence Agency. It is unclear whether Trump was ever briefed on the NCMI report, but sources who spoke to ABC described multiple briefings about the report throughout December for “policymakers” as well as officials at the National Security Council and the White House. on Jan. 29, Trump’s economic adviser Peter Navarro sent the first of two memos that predicted dire consequences from the virus to the U.S. In the report, whose existence was disclosed on Monday by Axios, Navarro wrote that without an aggressive containment strategy, the White House should expect COVID-19 to kill more than half a million Americans and cost the nation nearly $6 trillion. On Jan. 31, Trump issued restrictions for non-U.S. citizens traveling from China that took effect on Feb. 3. The order came 10 days after the first case was reported in Washington state. Public health officials said that while it likely bought the U.S. time to ready a plan for how to combat the inevitable spread of the virus in the U.S., it did little to prevent it, and the time was mostly wasted. Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan were not included in the ban. Since Dec. 31, when China reported that Wuhan residents were being hospitalized due to the then mysterious virus, 430,000 people arrived in the U.S. on direct flights from China, the New York Times reported, including almost 40,000 who made the trip after Trump’s travel ban was promulgated. With the number of Chinese cases of COVID-19 rising into the thousands, Navarro penned a dire second memo to White House staff on Feb. 27 in which he revised his predictions. As many as 100 million Americans could be infected with the virus, Navarro wrote, and it could end up killing as many as 2 million U.S. citizens.