The 80+ Chemicals Detected in Febreze Air Effects ...
Febreze Air Effectsis showcased as a technological odor eliminator that will get you to breathe happily; as if it were happy pills in a spray - even space age magic that scientifically makes odors disappear, despite the fact that it kills no odor-producing bacteria.
Febreze was heralded as phthalate- free. Yet, an ingredient detected in it forms Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, the metabolite implicated as a major cause of Sick Building Syndrome.
There are additional red flags attached to the Febreze product line, along with the fact that it has triggered brutal asthma attacks and other adverse reactions. In fact, the severe reaction scenario was the sole purpose for having embarked on an extensive research project involving Febreze.
The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong smelling — so strong that they require the use of these heavy fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover up the smells.
http://www.ehaontario.ca/help-with.htm The effects of its toxicity are insidious; a user becomes "chronically maladapted" to it. The exposure is so constant that it can be difficult to connect the product with the signs of reactivity it causes. Neurostimulant/irritants and central nervous system toxins used in these products are known to produce an addictive-type response that may cause the user to experience a feeling of pleasure when the product is directly inhaled. Regular users of fabric softeners (and perfumes) also often claim they "can hardly smell it". This too is an effect of chemical ingredients on neural receptors.
Even though the word "cationic" begins its spelling with kitty's common namesake, that doesn't mean this element is friendly to your feline friend's digestive system. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals indicates cationic (positively charged) elements added to dryer sheets and fabric softeners can cause drooling, appetite loss, oral burns and stomach pain in dogs and other animals as well, but iseven more dangerous for cats, whose digestive systems are much more sensitive.
Common Household Items That Can Make Your Dog Sick
Fabric Softeners and other detergents: All sorts of household detergents are toxic to dogs at one level or another, but fabric softeners fall into the highly toxic category. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, lethargy, burns to the mouth, drooling, muscle weakness, and even coma.
Just from poking around on "google," I found more than 2 dozen sites where asthmatics complain about Febreze. I know I can't tolerate it. I know my mom's neighbor used towels heavily dosed with Febreze to wash off the drool of her beautiful Newfoundland dogs, and the dogs always ended up dying in ways that vets couldn't explain: entire body systems would suddenly shut down, including the desire to eat and the ability to pee and poop. (Which is how poisons work, folks!)
But here is a site that has information from the Environmental Working Group about Febreze. Apparently there are eighty seven separate noxious chemicals and none of them sound too helathy.
As a society, we will probably not have much TRUTH about these types of products, as our news media is controlled by its station and corporate chain owners, all of whom salivate over the earning they receive from the advertising monies that Proctor and Gamble and other companies shower on them. Like our previous fight with Big Tobacco, I don't think the public will become aware of the dangers of these products until the ad money is cut off.
SACRAMENTO, California, January 25, 2013 (ENS) – Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products.
The Oakland-based nonprofit organization As You Sow filed a lawsuit against Procter & Gamble for high levels of 1,4 dioxane in their detergents without a warning label in violation of Proposition 65, the California law governing toxic chemical exposure in consumer products.
Also note that at one point, Time Magazine managed to overlook these chemicals and instead mention to its large audience of readers that the National [Resources] Defense Council had found less pthalates in Febreze than in many other household products. Talk about a nice spin on a dangerous product.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2011 – The Defense Department joined the National Resources Defense Council yesterday to roll out a new mapping tool designed to help steer renewable energy development efforts to locations where they won’t interfere with military activities or environmentally sensitive areas.
L to R: Col. William Cooper Procter, Chairman, Procter & Gamble -- Time Magazine, June, 1930; Neil Hosler McElroy, President, Procter & Gamble -- Time Magazine, October, 1953
Above: Neil Hosler McElroy, U.S. Secretary of Defense -- Time Magazine, January, 1958
Fabric softeners are designed to reduce static in synthetic fabrics. They work by leaving a residue on the fabric that never completely washes out. In fact, companies design these fabric softeners to BE tenacious and long lasting in clothing, especially the fragrances. They even have a name for it: "fragrance substantivity." ...
My grandmother knit my dd 4 cute little sweaters. She handwashed them. Presumably she then spritzed them with Febreze (shudder), packed up the box, and mailed them to me. They reeked.
So I washed them. Three times. I hung them outside for four days. I took a token picture and then packed them away until they fit her.
So they're about to fit her, 6 months later. And now they may possibly smell worse. I washed them again. The whole load stunk and I had to re-wash the rest of the clothes. I washed the sweaters again, this time using Bac-Out. I soaked them in a sink full of water and baking soda. I soaked them in a sink full of vinegar. I soaked them in a sink with 6 dissolved aspirin (I found this tip online - doesn't work for this).
They still stink. My hands stink if I touch them. I can smell them across the room. I would like to use these sweaters but I can not stand the horrible odour. I hate Febreze.
Any advice? Drycleaning? Some odour-removing laundry product other than Bac Out?
*** Febreze is really freakin' hard to remove.
*** Isn't Febreeze vile? I do what you do - repeated washings, vinegar, hanging outside. It will work eventually, but I have to say in all honesty I've washed things to the point of visible wear getting the damn.smell.out. How nuts is that?
*** Febreze has got to be the worst smell, IMO!
*** I hate febreeze too... my MIL uses it and I always think she is using pesticides or horrible hair product when I smell it. I ask and she says... I sprayed Febreeze. Gross... how about cleaning instead if u wanted to smell nice.
*** Urgh i hate the stuff. My Dh used to wear it as deoderant, and use it to spray his clothes and sheets rather than wash them. Pre me of course.
Tide's Liquid Laundry Detergent (and its Free & Gentle version) also contains 1,4-dioxane. Although its maker Procter & Gamble reformulated its Herbal Essences hair care line to strip out the chemical in 2009, it has yet to do the same for the laundry detergent. ...
And lab researchers found a common fragrance ingredient called galaxolide,another hormone disruptor that's previously shown it can decrease a cell's defense mechanism against other toxic chemicals. ...
Galaxolide was also detected in Febreze Air Effects ... As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. Jeremiah 5:27 KJV
Febreze is classified as an air freshner, created by Proctor & Gamble. It reports to work by "trapping" odor molecules in a donut-shaped chemical.
The first thing that is really important to understand: the product does not remove odor molecules and it doesn't clean the item it comes into contact with.
The odor molecules are still there. Your nose just can't perceive them because you smell the chemical product instead.
That alone should be your first warning. We know inhalation of any chemicals is dangerous, and several of its ingredients listed below are known to irritate the lungs...but this is a chemical whose entire purpose is to be inhaled!
[A tiny sample of P&G ties to NPOs. Go to link above for complete list. ...]
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
"The mission of the Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute is to support sound scientific and medical research into environmental intolerance issues [multiple chemical sensitivity], and to compile and disseminate information on those issues." (http://www.esri.org/purpose.htm; February 2, 2001) "ESRI is primarily sponsored by its member organizations." (Members not listed on web site) (http://www.esri.org/; February 2, 2001)
Founded in 1994. Criticizes "multiple chemical sensitivity" (MCS).
Board of Directors (May 1, 1997 through April 30, 1999; ESRI list)
Members at Large:
Richard M. Bednarz, PhD, Amway Corporation
Wayne Carlson, PhD, Bayer Corporation
Gregory A. Krauss, Esq., Carr, Goodson, Lee & Warner P.C.
David K. Wilcox, PhD, Colgate-Palmolive Company
Gerald N. McEwen, Jr., PhD, JD, Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association John E. DiFazio, Jr., Esq., Chemical Specialty Manufacturers Association
Timothy M. Maniscalo, DowElanco
Robert N. Sturm, Jr., MS, Procter & Gamble
Allen James, MBA, CAE, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment
Founded "in 1978 to work toward a safer, healthier world. ILSI is a worldwide foundation that is making a difference in public health by advancing the understanding of scientific issues related to nutrition, food safety, toxicology, and the environment. ...
Members of ILSI North America (as of July 1996): ...
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR REGULATORY TOXICOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY (ISRTP)
Serves to "inform and educate scientists, policy makers, the media and the public about the scientific issues affecting the regulatory process." ISRTP publishes the journal Regualtory Toxicology and Pharmacology. Sponsors include:
At the end of 1991 the company was criticised for continuing to pollute the Fenholloway River with up to 50 million gallons of waste water each day from its cellulose plant in Florida. Fish in the river were being contaminated with dioxin, and water wells in the vicinity were allegedly unsafe to use. Amazingly, all this pollution was within legal limits but state officials are said to be reviewing P&G's permit at the plant.
They have been frequently accused of uneccesary testing on animals. Total animal use is estimated at about 50,000 per year.In many cases human data on the substance is already available .
The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association.
I’ve written about changes I’ve made around the house after Isabella experienced her first eczema outbreak. Two household items that needed immediate action were my laundry detergent and dryer sheets. These are the top recommendations when talking to a doctor about what can trigger an atopic eczema outbreak. It was initially hard for me to part with my Bounce dryer sheets because of years enjoying that smell, but after researching just how harmful dryer sheets are, I’m happy to have eliminated them from my house. Not only are they a skin irritant…they are actually toxic! Parents need to think of these sheets as rubbing chemicals on their family’s clothes.
I never stopped to think what, other than the scent from the Bounce sheets, was being left as residue on our clothes. I shudder to think that I used dryer sheets on my newborn baby’s clothes. Here are some hidden ingredients: alpha-terpineol, benzyl acetate, camphor, benzyl alcohol, limonene, ethyl acetate, pentane, and chloroform. Those words sound like Greek? . . . well here are these ingredients potential side-effects:
cause central nervous system disorders, headaches, and loss of muscle coordination; irritate mucous membranes and impair respiratory function; cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or drowsiness; cause liver or kidney damage; cause skin disorders and allergic reactions; cause cancer