We often hear from people who think they aren’t wearing any fragrance while their fume trail is noticeable (and headache inducing or worse) from 100 feet away. Not only that, but the scent residues are left everywhere these people have touched anything, including pretty much permanently in the furniture they’ve used.
How can this be?
As if the regular fragranced laundry products weren’t bad enough, in recent years manufacturers have been inventing scent boosters and prolonging the fragrances with who knows what kinds of secret, unregulated chemicals.
One of the biggest complaints I hear about from people who have chemical and/or environmental ‘sensitivities’ is how laundry products have caused countless health and accessibility problems.
Health problems like headaches, nausea, rashes, asthma attacks, migraines, dizziness, seizures, anaphylaxis, confusion, cognitive issues, brain fog, memory problems, some can clear up quickly, but others can last for days if not longer!
Accessibility problems like:
having to avoid the laundry aisles in stores,
not being able to enter stores that have laundry aisles,
not being able to eat any food from a store that has a laundry aisle because all the food tastes like laundry products,
not being able to shop for second hand clothing (or bring anything 2nd hand home),
not being able to open windows or be outside without being made ill or disabled,
losing jobs because co-workers were so attached to their products,
not being able to hug loved ones on their births or deathbeds,
not being able to receive health care because the care providers clothing was emanating toxic fumes…
and the lists go on.
Laundry products are harming humans and this is not right!
If adult humans are being harmed, you can be sure that birds, fish, pets, and other beings are also being harmed, but since we (or the regulators) did not act when the signs were pointing out those consequences, we now have countless people being affected.
Children won’t be able to tell you what effects these products are having on them, so unless they are visible like rashes, you won’t be able to figure out that the anxiety, the acting out, the memory problems, etc may be connected to these products that they have 24/7 contact with, but it only makes sense that since children are more vulnerable, and 34.7% of adults are adversely affected by fragranced products, that a higher percentage of children will be affected.
Laundry products need to be specifically included in fragrance-free policies.
Here’s more bad news:
While fragrances are hugely problematic, it’s not just about fragrance!
Toxic chemicals are used in fragrance-free products too!
About Those Fragrance-Free Laundry Products
That same study found that green or organic products with essential oils fared no better as far as releasing harmful chemicals into the air!
This post lists some of the ingredients and effects in detail:
Toxic Chemicals in Fragranced Laundry Products and Health Effects
Laundry products are a growing contributor to outdoor air pollution too. A recent study from NOAA listed them among the household products that now release as much pollution as vehicle exhaust!
Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through
Toxic chemicals in everyday laundry products!?!
(some links in that post may no longer work)
When manufacturers are currently not being stopped from creating and selling health harming products, because the regulations tend to protect them instead of us, it’s up to us to stop the harm ourselves.
When we choose non-toxic, fragrance-free products,
then all living beings benefit!
The change will be worth it!