Clean Doesn’t Have An Odour

What is it with our society that makes us believe that, for a place to seem clean, it has to smell like chemicals?  Or some kind of synthetic fragrance?  I used to be one of those people and felt like my house truly wasn’t CLEAN unless it smelled like Pine Sol or bleach.  Yech.

I’ve come to realize lately that true clean doesn’t have an odour.  Unless you add it yourself using 100% natural essential oils.

Have you ever wondered what makes your cleaners/air fresheners smell?  That’s chemicals.  Synthetic fragrances are the leading cause of irritation and allergic reactions to most cleaners and cosmetics.  The term “fragrance” on labels is used because most fragrance blends are proprietary and manufacturers are not required to name the ingredients.  The unfortunate part is that “fragrance” can be made from thousands of different chemicals.  And of the 85,000 + chemicals used these days, very few have been safety tested.

Here’s a scary quote:

In 1986, the National Academy of Sciences targeted synthetic fragrances as one of the six categories of chemicals that should be given high priority for neurotoxicity testing.  The report states that 95 percent of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum.  SOURCE: Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace (Report by the Committee on Science and Technology. US House of Representatives, Sept. 16, 1986) [Report 99-827]

Another group of  worrisome ingredients used in a lot of synthetic fragrances are called pthalates.  Pthalates are proven to interfere with sexual organ development in test animals and it is strongly suspected through several studies involving human infants that this danger applies to humans.  Exposure to pthalates is also linked to several types of cancer and birth defects.   The scary thing is that pthalates are used in a LOT of different products, and not just as a scent stabilizer.  They are added to plastics to enhance their flexibility – so anything that is rubber-like (poly-vinyl chloride – PVC, for example) have pthalates unless labelled to the contrary.   But I digress.

One way to reduce your exposure to synthetic fragrances is to ensure that the cleaning products, cosmetics, and other personal care items do not list fragrance as an ingredient.  Look for companies who use 100% natural essential oils for scents or are 100% fragrance free.  Do not be tricked by misleading wording such as “unscented” – this just means that they cover up any unpleasant odours with scented chemicals.  There are no regulations dictating the wording that must be used, so shop carefully.


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    Every effort counts in caring for our environment. Going “green” in cleaning is definitely the wiser choice. No toxic chemicals around. Its not just safe for the environment but also safe for us!

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