Health hazards in our everyday fragranced home products

Did you know that most exposure to hazardous pollutants occurs indoors? Major contributors include common fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners, cleaning chemicals, laundry supplies, and personal care products. The EPA considers most of these to be indoor air pollutants, yet there are no standards to protect the most sensitive individuals.

This 2017 article by Anne Steinemann in Preventive Medicine Reports provides compelling “evidence for the importance and value of reducing fragranced product exposure in order to reduce and prevent adverse health effects and costs.”

A recent survey of more than 1000 Australians reveals that one-third of the respondents report adverse health effects from fragranced products. Common health effects include respiratory problems, migraine headaches, and asthma attacks. Over 70% were not aware that fragranced products emitted hazardous air pollutants and twice as many people would prefer fragrance-free rather than fragranced indoor environments.

These indoor air pollutants also initiate and trigger symptoms of Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) symptoms—illnesses caused by chemical exposure. To see if you have TILT, take our scientifically validated survey – the QEESI.

 

 


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