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There Are Secret Fragrance Chemicals in Your Cleaning Products

Updated: Apr 22


The word “fragrance” often appears on cleaning product labels. You may think it is harmless but in reality, that blanket term used by companies to make their products smell good can contain a concoction of harmful chemicals. The kicker, “fragrances” are considered a trade secret so the ingredients are not required to be disclosed to consumers.


Fragrance can be harmful depending on what concoction of chemicals was used in a particular fragrance. The American Academy of Dermatology recognizes fragrance as the main cause of contact dermatitis. Some common chemicals found lurking under fragrance labeling include neurotoxins, hormone-disrupting phthalates, and hazardous volatile organic compounds to name a few! Companies not disclosing what is in their fragrance has the potential to be very harmful, especially for those sensitive to a certain chemical. Non-disclosure makes it difficult for consumers to be aware of what is in the products they are using.


The best way to avoid fragrance and all of the chemicals hidden under that umbrella term is to read the labels on your products carefully and avoid all products with “fragrance” or “perfume” listed on the ingredient list. If you’re really committed to a product that does have perfume in it, you can try to get in touch with the manufacturer and see if they will disclose the ingredients to you.

Remember that we all vote with our dollar every day via the choices we make about which products to purchase. Voting for companies who are open, honest and keep the well-being of their customers at the forefront of their business decisions helps to create a demand for companies to operate by those standards.

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