My husband and oldest son are asthmatic and allergic to the environment at large and there are things that we noticed cause immediate issues:
This means no cologne, no perfume, no scented laundry, fabric softener or dryer sheets, no air fresheners, no carpet potpourri, no candles, no scented "thingys" hanging in the car.......NO FEBREEZE sprayed all over furniture and rooms!!!!!
We are looking for a house as we speak and when we walk in a house that someone Febreezed all over or sprayed air freshener....we LEAVE. In SECONDS.
DO NOT DO THAT TO YOUR HOMES if you want to sell it! If you just have a "scent", put some cinnamon on a cookie sheet in your oven with the door cracked at 250 degrees...will smell like cookies from grandma.
When I eliminated scented laundry products, my husband had an immediate and noticeable improvement in his respiratory health. As a result of that, we take our OWN unscented laundry products with us when traveling and also have purchased such products and have left them at our extended family and have asked them to use those ONLY when helping with our laundry during trips. Because we live a scent-free life as much as possible, even a short trip WITH scents can cause health issues and literal headaches.
So today when I saw this study, I felt validated yet more worried than ever. I knew scents trigger asthma and some behavior issues, but cancer-causing substances?
If this topic fascinates you as it did me, please find and read:
Do scents bother your family?
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