What an incredible recommendation for health and safety! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a policy that can truly affect everyone. This can be the avenue to take in order to remove the toxic chemicals from your workplace, the daycare your child attends, where your children go to school, but especially your home – where most people spend the majority of time.
CDC will ensure that products used in the workplace, such as soaps, cleaning products, paints, etc. are safe and odor-free or emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the fullest extent feasible. Only green cleaning products shall be specified and used within CDC facilities and leased spaces unless otherwise approved by the Office of Health and Safety. […]
Scented or fragranced products are prohibited at all times in all interior space owned, rented, or leased by CDC. This includes the use of:
• Incense, candles, or reed diffusers
• Fragrance-emitting devices of any kind
• Wall-mounted devices, similar to fragrance-emitting devices, that operate automatically or by pushing a button to dispense deodorizers or disinfectants
• Plug-in or spray air fresheners
• Urinal or toilet blocks
• Other fragranced deodorizer/re-odorizer products
Personal care products (e.g. colognes, perfumes, essential oils, scented skin and hair products) should not be applied at or near actual workstations, restrooms, or anywhere in CDC owned or leased buildings.
In addition, CDC encourages employees to be as fragrance-free as possible when they arrive in the workplace…” Read the article here. (A link to read the policy is located at the bottom of the article.)
Clean does NOT have a smell! What you’re smelling are toxic chemicals that affect the respiratory system and can cause some incredibly serious (lung) health issues – including, but not limited to asthma. My biggest issue since I removed toxic household cleaners and personal care products is that I have difficulty breathing now in schools, grocery stores (especially the cleaning product aisle), hairdressing salons, malls where there are nail salons, etc. Even going to church is tough sometimes because of some of the perfumes and colognes people take a bath in. (Well, that’s what it smells like anyway.)
We have a really serious problem in most schools. The toxins in the cleaners not only affect kids – many have asthma (and have to carry those little breathing aids we call inhalers) – but their learning and focusing ability (ADHD symptoms) as well. (Nutrition is another topic for a separate post.)