Cleaning products and fabric softeners can contain many toxic ingredients which are not only harmful to you if you are chemically sensitive but are a potential health hazard to anyone who uses them on a regular basis. Just a few simple changes can make a huge difference to your long term health.
Formaldehyde is found in many household products from fabric softeners, paints, cleaning products, adhesives, carpets, bedding and even toothpaste and diet drinks - did you know that Aspartame is a by-product of formaldehyde? Formaldehyde has been found to cause cancer in rats. It can cause dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, depression, insomnia, asthma, irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, lungs and skin.
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To read what Pat Thomas has to say about frgrances gives one an idea of why it is best to avoid synthetic fragrances and use either unperfumed products or products that are gently fragranced using organic essentila oils. This is an exerpt from her book Living Dangerously:
"Most of the toxic chemicals that pollute the air in our homes and other buildings can be found in a single bottle of your favourite perfume. Indeed, perfumes are among the nastiest pollutrants in our indoor environment. First and foremost they are nasty because they are poisonous... ...Consider that, of the several thousand different chemicals used in fragrance manufacture, 95 percent are derived from petroleum. ...In addition to being used in perfumes, fragrance chemicals are increasingly being used in an ever-wider variety of products, including cosmetics, hygienic products, drugs, detergents and other household cleaners, plastics, industrial greases, oils and solvents, foods and tobacco products.
In 1986, the US National Academy of Sciences targeted fragrances as one of the six categories of chemicalsthat should be given high priority for neurotoxicity testing. This recommendation placed perfume ingredients right up there with insecticides, heavy metals, solvents and food additives as primary disease-causing agents."
Pat Thomas goes on to say that there is evidence that inhaled fragrances can cause side effects and when used in laundry products and cosmetices it is the number one cause of allergic and irritant skin reactions to those products. The chemicals that you inhale can be absorbed into your bloodstream and then into your brain. The long list of chronic problems associated to gragrance chemicals include:
As well as being toxic in their own right, fragrances can also react with other substances to become more toxic.
To read an interesting article on Fragrance Chemical Exposure.. please click here.