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Using Soap as Air Freshener? Check First if Your Housemates Have Fragrance Sensitivity

There are people who can experience migraines and respiratory issues when exposed to certain scents.

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A good fragrance doesn’t only make a room feel cleaner, it also helps uplift one’s mood. But while you enjoy scented candles and essential oils (or maybe even subscribe to the Irish Spring trend), it’s also good to take note that there are people who can’t handle them.

There’s something called “fragrance sensitivity,” and according to Health, it’s characterized by migraines, rashes, and even breathing issues when exposed to an irritant, which in this case, is a strong fragrance, or a soft but consistent odor that one finds uncomfortable. 

“Some people feel like they can’t enter public restrooms or walk inside shops because they don’t want to risk an asthma attack,” says Anne Steinemann, PhD, a professor at the University of Melbourne School of Engineering, who surveyed people about fragrances and fragranced products. “This loss of functionality makes a fragrance sensitivity not just a health issue, but a societal and economic one too.”

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It’s a pretty real problem, but the science isn’t clear on why this happens just yet. Nevertheless, to keep your home safe for those with fragrance sensitivity, you may want to try these tips:

1. Ask which scents your housemate finds offensive

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Some people only have adverse reactions to certain scents: some get migraines from sweet-smelling fragrances, while others feel nauseous from overly floral smells. It’s important to first know which ones they're okay with before purchasing your fragranced products.

2. Go for natural cleaners

Chemical cleaners tend to have stronger scents, and they can aggravate sensitivity symptoms. There are a lot of natural options from local brands you can choose from that are just as effective.

3. If all else fails, go fragrance-free

Some people are more sensitive to scents than others, so best go fragrance-free if a family member has this issue. If your home smells kulob and you wish to do something about it, go for natural deodorizers such as coffee grounds and baking soda. If you have extra cash, you can opt for an air purifier.

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Additional source: WebMD

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