Toxins in Air Fresheners

Our local television news last week had an item about the toxins in air fresheners. I always have to remind myself that the general public isn’t aware of things like this – so it really is news to many people.

The news article was based on research by Anne Steinemann, a University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs. She did a study of some top-selling laundry products and air fresheners after having many people tell how these products made them sick. Her study found nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from the six products studied. And, of course, none of them were listed on the labels.

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More Fragrance Free Stuff

As requested, I have added a variety of t-shirts in Cafe Press. So far, I’ve added 3 designs in a variety of colors and shirt styles. I also added more colors for the posters. I’m working on more that I hope to have up this week. I have at least two more t-shirts planned and some coffee mugs.

Check out my shop: Mariposa Naturals Shop.

Leave a comment below if there is something else you would like to see.

Oh, The Irony

Tuesday’s post was actually written last week. So I found it interesting that the Cathy comic on Sunday addressed the same topic.

I’m not sure how long the comic will be up, so I’ll describe it here. Cathy and her girlfriends are at a restaurant. The waitress asks “What will you have?” The first 3 ladies say “Diet Soda!” But the last lady announces that she no longer drinks diet soda. She goes on to tell the group that the aspartame in diet soda has been linked to migraines, panic attacks, seizures, skin problems, weight gain, intestinal disorders, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, blindness and death! At that point, Cathy escorts her away from their table. And they start over. And again they each order diet soda. And then from another table, the fourth lady says, “Also denial and memory loss.”

I’m not trying to say that I’m any better than any of them. I’ve been as guilty as anyone of continuing habits that I know are bad for me. It’s just part of human nature, it seems. If it’s something we like or we perceive is good, then no amount of evidence will change it. It seems the only time we change those bad habits is when they threaten our health. (Even then, we don’t always heed the warnings.)

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