How To Remove Synthetic Fragrance From Your Home
By Marilee Nelson |
So you have completed the removal of all pesticides, harmful cleaning, and laundry products from your home. You have dramatically improved your home’s air quality! You are off to a good start in creating your healthy home!!! Now it is time to take on another critical category--synthetic fragrance.
When we see this single word fragrance in an ingredient list it is actually a recipe comprised of hundreds of proprietary chemicals. These chemicals are so potent they are able to incorporate into porous materials like drywall and upholstered furniture, dramatically affecting the air quality of your home. These chemicals have been shown to be asthmagens (triggering asthma symptoms), carcinogens, endocrine disruptors (that cause hormone disruption), neurotoxins (that affect the brain, mood, and behavior), and obesogens, which are chemicals that make us obese and trigger metabolic disorders like diabetes.
These chemicals are hijacking your health and removing them from our homes is SO important. There is no better time than the new year to take on the opportunity to create a healthier home. We encourage you to remove all synthetic fragrance from your home, taking it step by step.
- Remove scented candles and use our guide for better options.
- Remove air fresheners (they are TOXIC!) and find natural ways to scent your home.
- Remove any personal care product with "fragrance" or "parfum" listed in the ingredients. Here is a list of our favorite non-toxic personal care products.
Removing Miscellaneous Fragranced Products
Now, let’s go for miscellaneous products throughout the house. Remove boxes of scented stationery, scented drawer liners, scented magazines, and don’t forget to check out your trash bags. Many trash bags are now scented and also contain antimicrobial chemicals! Replace them with unscented and untreated versions. Check your bathrooms and kitchens for scented soaps and scented toilet paper. Put them all in your box and take them out of the house. Removing these fragranced products from your home is proactive preventative healthcare that doesn’t cost a penny.
How To Remove Residual FragrancesOnce you have removed all fragranced products from the home, it is possible that fragrance chemicals have incorporated into porous materials around the home like clothing, upholstery, carpets, drywall, fabrics, etc. The type and amount of fragranced products used will determine what action to take to remove the fragrance completely.
- Clothing - Laundry products, in particular, have signature fragrances that are designed to impregnate and stay in fabrics. Typically, it is difficult to remove these impregnated chemicals entirely unless you sun them. You can save many pieces of washing and wear and tear on your clothes by using this sunning method. Turn the clothes inside out (to avoid sun-bleaching) and place in the sun. Turn the clothes over periodically and continue daily until the clothes are fragrance-free before washing. If possible, put your bedding out on a clothesline or use a tarp to lay the bedding out to get more direct sun. Remember to bring them in at night so they aren’t exposed to the dew. Be persistent and be patient as it may take time. It is well worth the effort! No sun? Use a Lady Bug Dry Steam Heat Cleaner (1-800-997-6584 – contact person Randy Zielsdorf) to accelerate fragrance removal. The Lady Bug is used for dust-mite/smoke/mold/chemical/fragrance contamination.
- Porous Materials - Open up windows twice a day for at least 10 minutes to flush the air in your home and help reduce the level of fragrance chemicals. This can take time in some cases. If the fragrances are deeply embedded, then the Branch Basics Deep Cleaning Method may be necessary. Need more help with your deep clean? Consider a Lady Bug Dry Steam Heat Cleaner (1-800-997-6584 – contact person Randy Zielsdorf) used for dust-mite/smoke/mold/chemical/fragrance contamination.
- Asthmagens - Asthma is the #1 chronic illness in children.
- Carcinogens - Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children – 1 in two men and 1 in 3 women will have cancer in their lifetime,
- Endocrine disruptors – hormonal issues are rampant - Fertility rates are declining in both men and women.
- Neurotoxins - Neurological disorders are rising in epidemic proportions in children as well as adults.
- Obesogens - Obesity and diabetes rates in children and adults are skyrocketing.
Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.