Linen & Room Spray – Not Okay?

May 22, 2010

This morning I did a big house cleaning session. I like to do this Saturday mornings, so we have the rest of the weekend to relax. Well after the entire place was clean, I grabbed my linen and room spray out of the cabinet, because I love for my freshly cleaned home to smell like the beach. (The fragrance of my linen/room spray is Sand & Sea – and it really does smell just like the beach. Kind of a fresh, but salty smell. It’s pretty yum.)

Anyhow, as I grabbed the bottle and looked at the slightly blue-tinted spray, and anticipated the amazing smell that would come out, just as soon as I pull the trigger and squirt the unknown liquid… with visible artificial dye… and synthetic fragrance… all over the beds and floor… my heart slumped. Great. I didn’t even need to read the ingredients to know it wasn’t good. It’s probably not the best thing for me to be inhaling, or for my cat to be getting all over her paws, then licking off later.

But wait! Waaait. It may be okay, because it’s made by a company called Environments. That can’t be bad, right? I mean, a company wouldn’t be named Environments unless they actually care about the environment. And if a company cares about the environment, that typically means they also care about people. So it may be safe to use!

Well clearly this is going to be another reminder that I cannot simply take things at face value. When I read the ingredient list I saw that Environments Sand & Sea Linen Water/Room Spray is loaded with toxins! It contains: propylene glycol, DMDM hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser preservative that can induce an allergic reaction in the lungs – good thing it’s in a room spray!)[1], nonylphenol ethoxylate (which is associated with reproductive and developmental effects in rodents)[2], synthetic fragrance (which can contain any number of un-tested chemicals), and artificial dyes. Awesome. So pretty much the only ingredient in this spray that isn’t toxic is the deionized water.

Guess if I want to smell the sand and sea now, I’ll have to actually go to the beach.

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References: [1] http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=702196 [2] http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/np-npe.html

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