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post #61 of 77
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Originally Posted by CalicoPrincess View Post
I'm just curious, those of you that are bothered by perfumes. I use essential oils, and just a tiny dab on either side of my neck. Would that likely bother you too because I know they have a fairly strong scent, or is it likely the chemicals in the normal perfumes that irritate you?
I honestly can't tell you what scents or chemicals will trigger an attack in me. Anything that smells like perfume will do it, but I can smell a rose with no effects. Pine Sol and 409 cleaners kill me, so I use green cleaners or just vinegar, baking soda, etc. But I tolerate the smell of paint very well.

Just thought of another thing I have to carry with me in public. A hanky or a wad of tissue to place over my face when I cross the path of a perfume wearer. When people ask why I'm covering my face, I make sure everyone around us understands why.
post #62 of 77
^ I never thought of carrying a handkerchief for that, I'll have to consider that in the future. Today while shopping, DH and I got blasted by several people's perfumes So it might have been helpful.
Strangely, chemical smells don't always bother me as much - depending what they are. 409, bleach or anything bleachy smelling isn't so bad....the smell just stays in my nose for a bit.
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Originally Posted by Rockcat View Post
I have to plead ignorance. I thought that when people complained about perfumes that they just didn't care for the smell. I did not realize that they were talking about actual physical distress!

I wear a little scent here and there and never gave it much thought. I promise to be more careful!
That this thread has at least reached (and informed) one person is great! We can only hope those that aren't commenting, but are reading, will think of this in the future.

And I looked it up the other day, scents are a somewhat common trigger for epileptic seizures.
post #63 of 77
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Originally Posted by CalicoPrincess View Post
I'm just curious, those of you that are bothered by perfumes. I use essential oils, and just a tiny dab on either side of my neck. Would that likely bother you too because I know they have a fairly strong scent, or is it likely the chemicals in the normal perfumes that irritate you?
For me the headache is just a representive of intense olfactory misery.
I work with a guy who is a walking collection of nasty human smells like bad breath from bad teeth combined with stale beer from the night before, or intense body odor. Or a combination of all. I just breathe thru my mouth when he is nearby. There was another "fancy" guy who worked in the office & would stink up the entire shop floor when he walked through...I couldn't imagine going on a date with this guy & being closed up in a car with his horrible cologne. I would never go out with such a man to begin with! Why on Earth would a man douse himself in such strong cologne???
I would have to choose the company of the stinky B.O guy. (never thought I'd say that!)
post #64 of 77
Thread Starter 
Well there are some varied opinions here, glad to see it has brought this to the attention of a few However as my original post was more to do with what chemicals etc are in these perfumes and cleaners, lets take this discussion a bit further. As a child I can remember clearly what was in either my mothers or Granmothers cleaning cupboard, and it wasnt much. Maybe a tub of Vim or Ajax which was a rough granuler powder for most of the basic cleaning, and a duster and polish spray. Take a look into some peoples cupboards today and WOW!!!! its like a complete miniature cleaning factory.
You name it and there is something to mop it up. I honestly think that it is impossible for some of the ingrediants contained in these products to be regarded as safe for your health in the long term. There is no way they can expect everybody to react the same to them. Forget the lab rats, we are the guinea pigs in one huge test of chemicals, its not a case of going back to caveman days as somebody mentioned, but being a bit sensible with what we are subjecting ourselves to. Nope!! we cant get away from poisons in todays society but we can cut down on them,anybody else like to share their views?
post #65 of 77
Ok, since I already admitted ignorance, let me ask a question. Does Febreze bother those of you who are sensitive to scents? What about The Swiffer wet products? Are these type of things as dangerous to you as perfumes?
post #66 of 77
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Originally Posted by Rockcat View Post
Ok, since I already admitted ignorance, let me ask a question. Does Febreze bother those of you who are sensitive to scents? What about The Swiffer wet products? Are these type of things as dangerous to you as perfumes?
I bought some antibacterial Febreze, and sprayed it on our sheer curtains. Jamie had such severe sneezing fits that I had to take down all the sheers and wash them again the next day. No more Febreze here!
post #67 of 77
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
I bought some antibacterial Febreze, and sprayed it on our sheer curtains. Jamie had such severe sneezing fits that I had to take down all the sheers and wash them again the next day. No more Febreze here!
Oh poor Jamie!
post #68 of 77
The regular febreeze (without all the extra added scents and stuff) doesn't bother me too much. I still can't use it because of the birds though...same with the swiffer stuff.
post #69 of 77
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Originally Posted by Rockcat View Post
Ok, since I already admitted ignorance, let me ask a question. Does Febreze bother those of you who are sensitive to scents? What about The Swiffer wet products? Are these type of things as dangerous to you as perfumes?
A big yes to the above. Everyone reacts separately, but whether you are having an allergic reaction or not, you are still inhaling toxic substances that can potentially compromise your health. So why do it in the first place? Some people smoke, but their excuse is they are addicted. I don't know of anyone with an addiction to fragrance.

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Nope!! we cant get away from poisons in todays society but we can cut down on them,anybody else like to share their views?
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I think we can get away from poison in todays society by continuing to make everyone aware of their danger, as your post has succesfully done. If people would stop purchasing these products, they would dissappear from the shelves. Unfortunately, there is not budget for advertisements on tv selling good health tips. Look how much money is spent to advertise these toxic products. I find the following link extremly helpful, and economic.
http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp?fetch=household
post #70 of 77
Thread Starter 
Thats a cool site. I am not saying you must not be hygenic, but as kids we never suffered with so many allergies as the children today do. We might have had the odd cold or cough but that was about it. When I was at school if somebody had Asthama He/She was taunted by children because they were and people were ignorant to the facts and thought it could be spread. Now take a look at these statistics on the site below, its frightening, so what do you think is causing this? I got my own opinions, people need to be aware because this is only going to get worse. But Hey!! it puts money into peoples pockets, and your house is smelling sweet as well

http://www.asthma.org.uk/news_media/...ces/for_1.html
post #71 of 77
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Originally Posted by Rockcat View Post
Ok, since I already admitted ignorance, let me ask a question. Does Febreze bother those of you who are sensitive to scents?
I think Febreze stinks. Years ago I accidentally sat down on a chair that had been sprayed with it recently - the chair was still a bit damp. My arm, the only part of me that touched the chair, turned very red and burn/stung. It took hours to go away even though I washed the chemical off immediately.
If something is dirty and stinks - wash it, don't attempt to cover it up. That's nasty!

It was maybe a year after that, some friends of my parents had a cat go into seizures and die shortly after they had sprayed their furniture with Febreze. Could have been coincidental... but that was the only new thing they had introduced into the home and the seizures started shortly after it was used. (I knew the cat too, he was only a couple of years old, neutered, up to date on all shots, and had his regular check ups - indoor only)
post #72 of 77
I use a lot of vinegar, baking soda and washable cloths, like old rags when I clean. I hate the smell of chemical cleaners. I found one good fabric softener that does not bother me, but I cannot call the name of it right now. If I have to spot clean. I usually use baking soda or steam. I recently got a Shark steam cleaner, and it is wonderful. It will clean a spot out of almost anything, then you can blot it up. I lived in a house with mold, so I have begun to be very careful about how and what I clean with.
post #73 of 77
I saw a segment on TV years ago that warned of the dangers of fabric softner. It may or may not be true. It may be different now, I have no idea, but what it said is the fabric softner coats fabric with something that can cause a flash fire if a spark were to land on your clothes.

I have not used fabric softner in years, and you know what? My clothes are plenty soft.

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Originally Posted by strange_wings
If something is dirty and stinks - wash it, don't attempt to cover it up. That's nasty!
Of course. There are sometimes circumstances where it is not yours to clean though. For instance, when company comes over and takes their shoes off. A certian person does that (at my Mom's house) and her shoes stink up the whole room. My Mom waits until no one is in the room and then Febreezes her shoes.

I happen to like the smell of Febreeze. I certianly wouldn't want to harm someone because I like the smell though.
post #74 of 77
i have fairly severe reactions to perfume, too. i've identified 3 of the offenders, but there are probably others i don't know about.
altho there are many scents commonly used that i dislike, & certainly wouldn't choose for myself, these 3 give me a migraine - whether i can actually smell it or not
i stopped using actual perfume years ago, because a friend was allergic. i have started, recently, using body spray - but it's very light, not like most perfumes. i also use scented lotions. however, if someone asked me not to, because it caused them problems, i wouldn't be offended... [unlike my ex SIL, who was when my mom made her go wash off her scent one Christmas. this was only after i had asked... i already had a migraine that day, & hers was one of the scents i had recognized as a trigger. i had told my mom i was going to go home, since my ex SIL had just brushed me off.]
no current air fresheners in my house [just got some of those volcanic rocks!] & i have a scented candle on a warmer at work, not an air freshener.
post #75 of 77
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Originally Posted by u8myufo View Post
Well there are some varied opinions here, glad to see it has brought this to the attention of a few However as my original post was more to do with what chemicals etc are in these perfumes and cleaners, lets take this discussion a bit further. As a child I can remember clearly what was in either my mothers or Granmothers cleaning cupboard, and it wasnt much. Maybe a tub of Vim or Ajax which was a rough granuler powder for most of the basic cleaning, and a duster and polish spray. Take a look into some peoples cupboards today and WOW!!!! its like a complete miniature cleaning factory.
You name it and there is something to mop it up. I honestly think that it is impossible for some of the ingrediants contained in these products to be regarded as safe for your health in the long term. There is no way they can expect everybody to react the same to them. Forget the lab rats, we are the guinea pigs in one huge test of chemicals, its not a case of going back to caveman days as somebody mentioned, but being a bit sensible with what we are subjecting ourselves to. Nope!! we cant get away from poisons in todays society but we can cut down on them,anybody else like to share their views?
We did all hijack your thread a little bit, didn't we?

A lot of us get suckered into buying the latest products on the market, then realize it doesn't do any better than grandma's home remedies. Put the smell of the chemical aside, I like cleaning the old fashioned way. It's cheaper, better for the environment, and they work as well as the "one cleaner for each purpose" cleaners.

The rise in asthma is interesting. Also interesting is the rise in bacterias that are not tolerant to cleaners, thanks to the overuse of antibacterial soaps.
post #76 of 77
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post

The rise in asthma is interesting. Also interesting is the rise in bacterias that are not tolerant to cleaners, thanks to the overuse of antibacterial soaps.

Thats true, I heard on the radio that some guy up in Scotland was the first reported case of drug resistant T/B. Our bodys can no longer protect us naturally. I might be wrong about the whole scenario, again I remeber as a child, kids whent out and about playing with their friends most were covered in dirt from head to toe, doing what boys do best But now boys are more interested in splashing themselves with tons of aftershave etc and plastering their hair with gel to attract the girls. Oh well thats progress for you I suppose
post #77 of 77
The drug resistant TB is from the fact that people didn't finish their treatment which left survivors. Too many years of over using and improperly using antibiotics have made bacteria much more dangerous.
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