My Husband’s Plight-Chemical Sensitivities

My Husband’s Plight-Chemical Sensitivities

Sometimes in life you have to make sacrifices for the ones you love. A sacrifice I have made is that of giving up using products with fragrances in them.

My husband has severe allergies and asthma. He has bad reactions to the chemicals that are involved in making fragrances in products. It is really difficult to live like this because there are fragrances in nearly EVERYTHING. Even kid’s toys have them these days which seems ridiculous.

Before I met my husband and for a few months into our relationship, I used hair and skin products that were pretty heavily scented as well as perfumes. However, his allergies and asthma that he already had got worse and I had to discontinue use of them. Thankfully, I found fragrance free products that work well for me. We also have had to find fragrance free ways of cleaning our house because a lot of cleaning products have fragrances in them as well.

Currently, my husband has multiple asthma attacks a day due to his co-workers wearing a lot of perfume. We are also unable to go out on dates because there is always someone wearing perfume and he will have a bad reaction. It is a rough life for him and I wish there was a cure for everyone that goes through this.

Here are some things we use around our house that keep my husband healthy and able to breathe:

  1. Charcoal air filters
  2. Homemade glass cleaner: Mixture of water, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and essential oil
  3. Plain white vinegar (not mixed with anything else): Stains and mold
  4. Baking soda: Scrubbing and deodorizing
  5. Purell Fragrance Free Sanitizing/Disinfecting Spray
  6. Homemade all purpose cleaner: Mixture of  Seventh Generation Free and Clear Dish Soap Detergent, water and white vinegar ( does a wonderful job cleaning!)
  7. Shark Steam Mop: This only uses water and gets the floor very clean. It also sanitizes the floor.
  8. Homemade toilet bowl cleaner: 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar
  9. Homemade hand soap: Mixture of Seventh Generation Free and Clear Soap, rubbing alcohol, drops of olive oil and peppermint essential oil.