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Do scented cleaners bother you?

post #1 of 20
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My boss is mopping the floor with something awful. Its flowery smell is so freaking strong it is giving me a headache. I have brought stuff in that is odorless and cleans very well. But she won't use it. Strong smells like that often trigger migraines. Several of us in here have told her that the smell bothers us but she keeps using the same stuff.
post #2 of 20
Most scented cleaners do bother me, I've been cleaning with a mixture of vinegar and water on countertops and floors.
post #3 of 20
I don't get migraines but strong headaches and I sneeze a lot. Mom thinks I am crazy.

I am so glad we are out of the apt cause someone would use a gallon of Mr. Clean in their kitchen and the smells traveled to our place.
post #4 of 20
They bother me, and I'm sure they bother pets! I clean everything with steam - no odor, no residue.

When I'm at my mother's (no steam cleaner), I also use vinegar and water. She had some orange-scented cleaner that used to make one of her dogs get runny eyes, poor thing. She didn't realize it was the cleaner till I was staying there, and using vinegar instead.
post #5 of 20
YES! i won't use public bathroom soap [carry hand sanitizer with me] & sometimes i have to hold my breath when going thru certain areas, like the detergent aisle at the supermarket. i won't buy scented cleaners unless i've already experience the scent & know it won't bother me. even some unscented cleaners, like ammonia, cause problems for me - i use the vinegar-based window cleaners.
post #6 of 20
I can't handle really strong scents either.... I avoid the candle aisle, the cleaning aisle, and the perfume aisle at the stores because strong smells give me an almost instant migraine. John's mom gets some stuff called Odorban or something like that and it's made with eucalyptus (sp?) and that smell just kills me. I much prefer to use bleach (mixed with a tiny bit of laundry detergent) for cleaning.
post #7 of 20
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YES! i won't use public bathroom soap [carry hand sanitizer with me] & sometimes i have to hold my breath when going thru certain areas, like the detergent aisle at the supermarket.
Me, too. I've had people look at me funny in the washroom because when I forget to bring hand sanitizer, I just stick my hands under running water and don't bother with the soap -- people think I'm being gross, but I'd rather take my chances with germs versus my super immune system than run the risk that the soap in the public bathroom would give me a migraine (or my make skin break out in a rash).

The detergent aisle in the supermarket is killer, too, as is the cleanser aisle where the keep the "air deodourizers." I usually make J do that aisle by himself, because sometimes when I'm done walking through there I can't breathe or I end up with a massive headache. The only scents I can tolerate are citrus-y ones, or green apple -- and even then, I'd really prefer unscented.

And then there are perfumes and colognes ... Oh, my god! I would quite honestly rather smell bad body odour (and let's face it, nobody wants to smell bad BO) than to smell overwhelming cologne or perfume. Bathe, people. Just bathe. It's a reasonably simple thing to do, and then you don't stink afterwards!
post #8 of 20
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Me, too. I've had people look at me funny in the washroom because when I forget to bring hand sanitizer, I just stick my hands under running water and don't bother with the soap
i've done that, too...
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And then there are perfumes and colognes ... Oh, my god! I would quite honestly rather smell bad body odour (and let's face it, nobody wants to smell bad BO) than to smell overwhelming cologne or perfume. Bathe, people. Just bathe. It's a reasonably simple thing to do, and then you don't stink afterwards!
i've had times when i had to move multiple times to get away from someone who basically 'bathed' in their perfume/cologne & it was one of the ones i'm sensitive to. & the ones i have trouble with - trust me, as far as i'm concerned, BO & skunks are more pleasing smells. they MUST smell different to the users!
post #9 of 20
no, it proves to my DH I've done some cleaning
post #10 of 20
I can't stand floral scents, it always seems as if the scent mixes with whatever you're trying to clean or cover up and makes it much worse.
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Originally Posted by Mirinae View Post
Me, too. I've had people look at me funny in the washroom because when I forget to bring hand sanitizer, I just stick my hands under running water and don't bother with the soap -- people think I'm being gross, but I'd rather take my chances with germs versus my super immune system than run the risk that the soap in the public bathroom would give me a migraine (or my make skin break out in a rash).
I have to do this too, there's just something about the smell of those liquid soaps that make me sick at the smell of them.

I also have to run the detergent aisle gauntlet. I rush in to get what I need and rush back out before I have to take another breath. Unfortunately sending DH into the aisle is not an option, it will give him an asthma attack. Because of his asthma and the fact that strong smells will give me headaches, when we're shopping together we both completely avoid smelly stuff.

One thing that people never seem to realize about the perfume or colognes they wear is that, maybe it smelled good before they put it on but after a few hours of their body heat, sweat, and whatever other smells they pick up (food smells), the perfumes will start to sour. My mother would always over do it with the perfume and smell horrible later.
post #11 of 20
It depends on what it is really. For the most part no, but occasionally I will be somewhere and smell an industrial strength cleaner that has caused my asthma to act up. I use either Javex or Mr. Clean and neither one of those bothers me.
post #12 of 20
Some of the harsh cleaners, like bathroom cleaners, will throw me into a full-blown allergic attack. I think that's the chemicals, though, not necessarily the smell. Pine-scented anything gives me nasty headaches. (A concept I can't seem to get through DH's head...he still buys pine cleaners and air fresheners after 15 years of repeatedly having to take them back. )
post #13 of 20
Yup - I've had asthma attacks from being near people that have perfume on or around scented cleansers and things!
post #14 of 20
some do some dont.
several months ago they used some orange smelling stuff, the smell was so strong , that after a couple of hours my eyes and chest started to burn
there was no way i was staying in there for another 10 hours, so i went home.
boy did that cause issues
post #15 of 20
I not to bad with most cleaners except for anything that has ammonia in it. I have to clean my windows with vinegar because Windex will make me wheeze and become short of breath. I generally check the ingredient list before buying. Not just because of the reaction but because I am usually looking for green alternatives.
post #16 of 20
they don't really bother me but I think some are a little too strong and give me a headache.
post #17 of 20
Over the past several years, I've become very sensitive to lots of things, including the smells of dishwashing liquid and cleaners of all kinds. I'm sharing a house with my parents right now, so I can't make these choices for myself -- but when I move back to my apartment, it's vinegar and baking soda all the way!
post #18 of 20
Yup, I have chemical and perfume sensitivities.

I use hot water to clean tile floors, but we don't wear shoes in the house. I use Murphy's Wood Oil Soap on the hardwoods, since they have to be cleaned with cool water.

We have a "green" place clean our carpets and they use only peroxide and hot water (it is heated on their truck).
post #19 of 20
Yes. They make my nose burn. I don't like flowery smells. Pine smell or orange smells don't bother me unless they are really strong.

When Uno had her kittens we had them in a pet play area in the bedroom and it was getting kind of smelly so the BF bought some Frebreeze air scent stuff and sprayed it in the bedroom.

I thought I was going to pass out. That stuff smelled so strong. I threw it away so he could never use it again.

I would rather use some lightly scented candles then spray any sort of air cleaner.

At work I don't use the hand soap. It is not the smell so much as it makes my palms itch. I am not sure what is in it but I must be mildly allergic. I just run my hands under the water.
post #20 of 20
They don`t bother me but I don`t use anything really strong.
The thing that does get me is bleach spray! That really hits the throat bad
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