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Monday, September 14, 2009

Good grief, I Hate Fabric Softener - and most other "fragrances!"

Okay, this blog has gotten too tame of late, so I'm going to spice things up with a rant! I only need to go back in time to yesterday afternoon, which I spent at home, making more notebooks for the upcoming fall craft fairs. And which all of my "neighbors" spent doing their laundry. How could I tell, and why do I put "neighbors" in quotes?
BECAUSE I COULD SMELL THEIR STINKING LAUNDRY PRODUCTS, COMING IN THROUGH MY A/C VENTS!!!!! That's why. Oh yes, and when I stepped outside for a moment on that beautiful late-summer afternoon, I was overwhelmed by the gaggingly-sickening stink of fabric softener (springtime fresh??? It smells like rotting fruit, to me :P) pervading what I thought was going to be fresh air!
I really don't get why people think it's a good idea to wash their clothes in cancer-causing chemicals. Don't believe me? Take a look at some of the info available on the Interwebs: Health effects chemicals in fabric softener
This is particularly important to me, because I strive to keep my home and work space as fragrance-free as possible. (And btw, the safe alternative to fabric softener is a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in your wash water. And don't overdry your clothes. That's it. Duh.) This is important not only for my own health, but also that of my clients. I do readings and bodywork with a lot sensitive people. Yet time and again, I've had new clients show up with clothes reeking of all the toxins our chemical corporations want us to think make our lives better. I have to steel myself for an hour of fighting headaches and nausea while working with them - then massive airing of my treatment space to get it clean for the next client. I've got to remember to say "fragrance-free" in my promotional materials!
I recognize that there are some legitimate uses of fragrance in aromatherapy - but I've also encountered some so-called "aromatherapy" products that are instant-migraine-headache in a bottle. Look, if you still think you want to smell up everything you touch, I hate you. This is not just your business. Your laundry products, perfumes, air "fresheners" (call them "poisoners" and you'd be more accurate) are killing us all. The biggest risks associated with these chemicals are cancer and hormonal disruptions. Auto-immune disease is also a likely result. I've lived with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since I was 18, so I know a thing or two about that. It affects our environment as well as our well-being - we're seeing effects on animal populations from the hormonal-disruptor actions of these chemicals. And you're lining the pockets of corporations who couldn't give a rat's patootie about your well-being or that of the planet. It just makes me want to weep, when I see otherwise-aware folks buying into this advertising nonsense about "fragrance," while buying poison that harms us all!
Save my sanity. Save money. Save your health and that of your family. Save the planet. Lose the so-called "fragrance!"


Jewelry by Tara said...

Me too! Some of those things are so strong my son gets an asthma attack when he smells them:(


Christie Cottage said...

Ok, I had to laugh.

I use fabric softner sheets. Lavender scented. The cheapest ones and if you sniff, really hard, when the box is first opened...maybe you can smell the lavender. I also use cheap detergent because I don't want to smell the soap all day.

But I did learn something I consider useful about fabric softner sheets. They serve the same purpose as moth balls. I can tolerate fabric softner sheets a lot better than moth balls! Just throw them in your sweaters when you store them for the summer months.

Cologne...I have been around people that made me ill from their cologne. I completely unserstand that!

Have a scentfree day!


Jan4insight said...

@ Tara, I can see you know what I'm talking about - hope your son gets better.

@ Christie, oh my dear, I'm so glad you don't live close to me, because I'd really hate to smell your laundry :) And did you ever think that, if the moths won't go near your fabric softener, maybe there's something in it that you should stay away from, too?

QuintessentiallyEnglish said...

Love the rant! I have sensitve skin so use unscented stuff wherever possible. I saw your blog on http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6278721&page=1

Don’t forget to comment on other Etsians’ blogs!


MAB said...

Oh, dear, I can't leave the house without perfume, but I never overspray. Can we still be friends? I'll stand six feet away, downwind.

Jan4insight said...

Interesting comments - and it reminds me of the battle over second-hand cigarette smoke. You either get it or you don't!

@ Quintessentially ~ Thanks for being one of those who get it! And I do visit & comment on blogs as time (and my brain fog) permits :)

@ MAB ~ glad you don't overspray, and I hope you use the more natural, non-toxic fragrances - although I don't think any of them are 100% safe. Because this is not just about you or me - it's about the planet!

Anonymous said...

Synthetic fragranced product using people are the most inconsiderate morons. I would rather smell dog s*&t than your fabric softener odor. At least dog s*&t odor wont give me cancer, brain damage, or a host of other problems! Don't even get me started on how you pollute the air of everyone in your neighborhood by just doing the mundane task of laundry. Get a clue.

Anonymous said...

Very nicely put and I agree whole heartedly. I'm afraid I'm quite blatant about how I feel about scents be they perfume or otherwise. I've been known to ask a hotel to change the linens to something that wasn't bathed in scent. It is instant headache for me. I have an interesting dilemma though. My mother-in-law passed away a couple of years ago and I came into possession of a few of her recipe books which I treasure. However, she kept her recipe books in the same cabinet as her laundry supplies. You got it - the books reek! They've been away from the scented environment now for two years plus but the smell has not diminished. If I can't get the smell out the books have to go and I'd hate to do that. Anyone have any idea how to remove the odor from books?

Anonymous said...

I completey agree. I DETEST IT! My sister is covered in it. My neighbours drier floods my home in it...it's poisonous, vile smelling chemicals. I hate all strong, fake smells. Im all about clear, fresh air. x


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