Have you ever walked down the grocery store aisle and noticed all the fragranced cleaning products? Most people are unaware that many of these scents are created using synthetic, or man-made, chemicals. What’s That Smell, a new report from Women’s Voices for the Earth, examines the potential health impacts of common fragrance chemicals in cleaning products.
The report looks at synthetic musks, a class of chemicals commonly used in fragrances and addresses phthalates, which are a class of chemicals that act as solvents and carriers for scent and have been linked to reproductive and developmental harm in laboratory tests.
Women are primary users of cleaning products and should know what’s in the products they use to keep their homes clean. Companies are not required to disclose the ingredients they use in their products, meaning they can keep these chemicals a secret. And if a company does list ingredients for products, it will often just say “fragrance” instead of listing all the chemicals that make up that fragrance. Seventh Generation lists all ingredients on its packaging, and also notes the potential allergens that come with the essential oils and botanical extracts we use in our products.
Our friends at Women’s Voices for the Earth invite you to become more familiar with the federal Household Products Labeling Act, which would require that all household cleaning products bear a label listing all the ingredients in the product.
You have a right to know what’s in the products you’re using in your home!