The sweet smell of allergies…

 

Ahh…nothing like the fresh clean scent of bleach. Or the fabulous “new car” smell. Of course, clean laundry smells like a fragrant floral bouquet. Right?

Wrong!

We’ve become a society addicted to fragrance. Even toilet bowl cleaners offer 4-5 various scents. And laundry deteregents…the list is endless.

While government stepped in to eliminate the use of phosphates in cleaners, little is being done about artificial fragrance.  There are over 6000 chemicals utilized in synthetic smells, and a “fragrance” ingredient is often a 200-600 chemical cocktail.   However, the FDA does not require companies to list which chemicals create their synthetic fragrance; they’re even often protected as a “trade secret.”

What’s wrong with adding a little “magnolia” or “lavender” to your detergent.  Nothing…when derived from actual plants.  But pure essential oils aren’t often found in detergents on our shelves.

Instead our chemical cocktails leave many experiencing asthma, allergies, cancer, endocrine issues, immune system disorders, lung damage, central nervous system disorders, nausea, dizziness, rashes, eczema and psoriasis.

Fabulous.

Solution?  Ensure your candles, soaps, lotions obtain their scent from pure essential oils, not synthetic fragrance (Favor the Earth takes the guesswork out of that for you!).

When it comes to laundry, Yoreganics has you safely covered with their soap nuts & stain remover.

What in the world are soap nuts?  They actually aren’t nuts, but dried fruit berries from the soapberry tree (Sapindus Mukorossi).  It’s outer shell contains saponin which creates a natural soap in water.  Not only do they eliminate odors from dirty clothes (this of those eternally stinky sweat-wicking materials!), they’re also the perfect laundry solution for those with eczema, allergies, or anyone avoiding harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances.

So, what will your clean laundry smell like.  Just plain clean.  Check out Yoreganic’s amazing FAQ page  for even more information.

Just a FYI… So, what is the “new car” smell? According to Janis Ambrose Shard (color & trim manager for Toyota), the smell is actually coming from anything plastic or vinyl (dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, foam lamination). It’s the volatile organic compounds coming out of them.

Yep, VOC’s.  Those toxic gasses that the EPA claims causes “Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.  Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.”  

Better roll down those windows.

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One response to “The sweet smell of allergies…

  1. Pingback: You do NOT want to smell this | ftedailygreen

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