"In all five experiments, the mean proportion of fungus gnat adults collected in the sample compartments containing the dryer sheets were significantly fewer, ranging from 12% to 18% ,whereas the compartments without dryer sheets contained 33% to 48% of the fungus gnats released in the arena," said Cloyd. "This study is the first to demonstrate that Bounce® original brand fabric softener dryer sheets repel fungus gnat adults under laboratory conditions."
For years, gardeners have claimed that putting Bounce® fabric softener sheets in their pockets is an effective way to repel pests like mosquitoes and gnats. Any Internet search will uncover countless articles about the bug-repelling properties of Bounce®. Are these claims valid or simply folklore?
|Description|| Sun & Earth Natural Fabric Softener Sheets are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and biodegradable. They make your fabrics feel extra soft while eliminating static cling, and are safe to use for family members, large and small.
Paper, Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate (Palm-Based Softening Agent and Antistatic), Essential Oil Blend (Glycine Soja [Soybean] Oil, Lavandula Hybrida [Lavender] Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia [Lavender] Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis [Rosemary] Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora [Camphor] Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Artemisia Vulgaris L. [Compositae]).
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Fabric softener sheets are typically provided to consumers in the form of a roll. Individual sheets are formed by separating the sheets from the roll at lines of weakness provided at intervals along the roll. Since the sheets need to withstand the temperature conditions of a clothes dryer, they must be comprised of fairly durable plastic. They must also be sufficiently durable to withstand the tumbling action of the dryer without losing their integrity. The sturdy construction of the sheets, while advantageous for keeping the sheets intact during the drying process, has the disadvantage that it is difficult to create a perforation permitting the consumers easily to separate one sheet from another on a roll.
The sheets 10 are fabricated from a durable, woven or non-woven material which will normally be a fibrous polymeric material such as polyester or rayon. The material must have a melting point such that it will not melt at temperatures prevalent in clothes dryers. Typically, the melting point of the sheet will be above about 220° C. The sheet is impregnated with materials known in the art suitable for transfer to the clothes during drying to provide a softening effect. Materials suitable for use in fabric softening sheets are described in Rudy et al. U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,421,792; 4,327,133; 4,238,531; 4,012,326 and 3,972,131, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference, among others.