Tips for dealing with smells in the house
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Glossary: EI: Environmental Illness, MCS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, EHS/ ES: Electro-Hypersensitivity
Deodorising carpets & air freshener: just sprinkle on some bicarbonate of soda, leave for a couple of hours then vacuum. You can also put small pots in the fridge, next to the cooker and dotted around the house as air fresheners.
Smelly shoes? keep your feet smelling sweet with a baking soda bag. Fill the toe of an old sock with bicarbonate of soda and tie up. Sit the bag in the shoe overnight to absorb the smell.
Open the windows whenever possible to let air circulate, this is the most natural air freshener possible.
Use a steam cleaner to disinfect and clean surfaces.
House plants such as spider plants can absorb a lot of airborne pollutants.
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Every hospital in Canada should be required to enact “scent-free policies” discouraging staff, visitors and patients from applying artificially fragranced products to their bodies, Canada’s top medical journal says. While perfumes, scented deodorant, lotions or creams may help people feel more attractive, “they may result in unintended harm to those who are vulnerable,” particularly people with asthma, or other upper airway or skin sensitivities, the Canadian Medical Association Journal says.
“There is little justification for continuing to tolerate artificial scents in our hospitals,” the journal says.While a growing number of workplaces — including some hospitals — discourage people from wearing perfumed products, it is not de rigueur in all Canadian healthcare institutions, the authors say. “Hospital environments free from artificial scents should become a uniform policy,” argues the CMAJ.
It is becoming obvious that some people can be made to feel ill, or even seriously harmed. It’s time to call a stop. Dr. Ken Flegel, co-author of the new editorial, says more has been learned in the intervening years about fragrance sensitivity to justify taking precautions in hospitals.
Like second-hand cigarette, smoke, perfume and other strong odours can irritate, and trigger inflammation in the airways of people with asthma. According to the Canadian Lung Association, 15 to 20 per cent of the population suffers from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other breathing problems, and a third of people with asthma say their disease is made worse by exposure to perfumed products. In addition, Statistics Canada states that, in 2104, 2.4 per cent of Canadians 12 and older — 800,562 people — reported having been diagnosed by a health professional with “multiple chemical sensitivities.” To read the full article which was first published in The National Post, click here.
BBC report on electrosensitivity
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