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Man, Febreze Can't be good for the lungs if it does this… 
26th-May-2010 05:46 pm
 My oldest daughter Betsy was on the third floor with a big ole can of Febreze™ and I suspect she was trying to hide the fact that she was partying. She sprayed that stinky assed shit on the sheets.

Then she went home to Frederick, Maryland, where Ron and I used to live for 8 years and where her dad and grandparents live.

Anyway, Alex got a hold of that can of Febreze™ that Betsy had left behind and emptied that sumbitch can of STANK all over the 3rd floor.

The Febreze™ set off the smoke detectors on both the second and the third floors!! Damn, Dayum. My Gods what is setting those things off?! I was thinking as my hubby and I rushed up there. Of course, by the time we ran up there, the opaque wall of that "light fresh scent" had given me a migraine headache. Probably the fastest migraine I've ever gotten. I got it in a matter of three minutes. I mean, that stuff made me physically ill, as if somebody had dumped a tablespoon of poison ivy in my morning tea. I broke out in hives and scratched the hell out of my itchy skin.

If Febreze™ can set off multiple smoke detectors on two different floors then that stuff can't be good for the lungs.

I say this now, even though the incident happened a couple years ago because I have noticed that Febreze™ is infiltrating lots of products. I can't watch a single cable TV show without seeing an ad huckstering Febreze™. And the big marketing gimmick this year is combining products as a way of rebranding them.  Thus, you have Cascade/Dawn,™ Crest/Scope™ and Febreze/Tide™ a detergent combo that I will be avoiding like the song "Stairway to Heaven". 

Does anybody really like the smell of Febreze™? Hands up for those who would like to put a plastic garbage bag over the inventors of that toxic brew of unnatural stench and spray a whole can up each of their nostrils. I'd rather suffer my hubby's Dutch Ovens than inhale a single molecule of StinkiBreze.
26th-May-2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
There is only 1 Fabreeze that I like, it's the pet dander one and I'm not sure it's offered anymore.

It didn't smell like the old ones (and certainly not like the new horrid AIR FRESHENER version), and it did do wonders for my allergies to my dog.
26th-May-2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
That's the one that I have. I have no idea how old the bottle is.
28th-May-2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
The air freshener one is what Alex used to set off the alarms.
28th-May-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, that kind is like toxic allergen in a can.

So is the 'plug into the wall' kind.
26th-May-2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
we call it instamigraine spray for a reason. it is nasty. my mom loves it, which is a reason, among many, we do not let her clean our house. i think she thinks if it stinks it cleans better. ugh. that stuff is just foul.

28th-May-2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
That's what I find too. "Instamigraine" is DEFINITELY what that stuff is.
26th-May-2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
I love the original Febreze (the kind that comes in a bottle, not a can). I don't really care for any aerosol air fresheners, they all do that to me. But the liquid bottle Febreze smells really nice and isn't all toxic fog like the canned stuff.
27th-May-2010 12:18 am (UTC)
ugh, even the bottle febreeze kills me. we bought one bottle way back when that claimed it was unscented or lightly scented, and nope, it is enough that if we open that closet it is enough to make me ill. but if my mom notices it is gone, she freaks out and buys more stinky stuff. drives me nuts.
28th-May-2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
The canned air freshener stuff is what Alex sprayed. It was frightening.
26th-May-2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
There was an original one that smelled fairly benign, now the new ones kill.

I've REALLY been getting into natural stuff, and am going to make my own. I tried Caldera, which was AMAZING and expensive, and Mrs. Meyers, which was amazing and still pricey, and then bought the essential oils and basic ingredients so I can replicate it myself. Looking forward to this!
28th-May-2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I love the essential oils. There is a wonderful tea tree oil based air freshener I use to clean my mat. It's all natural and anybody can make it. It's great.
26th-May-2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
I know at least two people who are violently allergic to Febreeze. I have some in the house, but I use it only on VERY rare occasions, and then, not as much as they recommend.
28th-May-2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
I hate that commerical where the real estate agent uses that stuff to "freshen" every house she shows. If somebody did that to ours, I'd be chased out in 2 seconds flat.
26th-May-2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
paul anka "stairway to heaven" or led zepplin "stairway to heaven"?
28th-May-2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Ew, Paul Anka did a version of Stair Way to Heaven?
28th-May-2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
two COMPLETELY different songs that just happen to have the same title lol
27th-May-2010 12:23 am (UTC)
It creeps me out. I remember when it first came out and there were stories all over the web about pet birds dying. I figured there was a grain of truth, at least in those. In general, I just don't spray chemicals into the air, it's so wrong, it just can't ever be right!
28th-May-2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
I've heard that too, that spraying this stuff can kill birds. Also, someone's cat's kidneys were destroyed thanks to this awful stuff.
27th-May-2010 12:35 am (UTC)

And Bounce.

Someone should combine those two things...the world would probably end. :P
27th-May-2010 06:00 am (UTC)
they have. and omg, the stench.

there is a fabric softener sheet i love, which means it is going to no longer be sold that is lavender and vanilla and makes clothes smell lovely. i use lavender eo and a melaluca product in with the unscented downy(i think that is who makes the dryer sheets) in the downy ball and that takes any, um, old cat mistakes out of clothes. gotta love melaluca. i was dubious, but their products actually have natural stuff and get rid of the build up in the tub and toilet from our ultra hard water and are safe for going into the water here. gotta love them. sol-u-mel is the stuff we use to get stains out of everything- it gets cat pee out of everything(2 cats that are in the 18 year range who are forgetful) and sharpie marker that land in the washer every so often, and all that. love the stuff. and the other cleaning stuff is amazing. no scent, the floors look amazing, and i can use it in the same room as our parrots without fear of killing them. there are not many products out there that i can say that about at all. i was very dubious, got the intro house cleaning pack cheap, and am hooked. i am never the kind to pimp an avon/mary kay/am way type thing, but i really love melaluca.
16th-Nov-2016 11:14 pm (UTC) - Febreze/migraines
I use eucalyptus oil. There's a liquid spray called Odoban/ Odo Ban that is less than half what Febreze cost and so much safer. Gain products do me the same way ...instant migraine! The Febreze trash bags OMG! I had to put em in a ziplock bag and get em out of the house! Just walking by a trash can with a Febreze bag in it and I'm instantly sick with migraine.
28th-May-2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Ohh, Bounce. That stuff is toxic too. Any clothes dryed in Bounce causes my skin to itch profusely. I hate that stuff.
27th-May-2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Last time we went out of town our grown son who lives at home apparently had a party and then Febrezed the hell out of everything. It made one of our cats start drooling uncontrollably, and it cost us $300 in vet bills to find out that she had made herself sick trying to groom the stinky stuff off her fur. (The other possibility was kidney failure. We had to know.) So Febreze is no longer allowed in my house.
28th-May-2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I read that a cat's kidneys were destroyed thanks to that stuff, so it must be true, then. My daughter Betsy, I think was having a mini party in her room. We threw away that can and have forbade anybody to bring any air fresheners in our house. Bleah on that crap.
27th-May-2010 09:16 am (UTC)

It makes my evil twin and soon-to-be roommate break out in hives, and while it doesn't actually give me migraines, I can't tolerate strong scents when I have them, so I don't use it.

I've heard that a 50/50 mix of vodka and water in a spray bottle will do the same job with less stinky. And probably for not much money, if you use the really cheap plastic bottle brand vodka.

28th-May-2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'll have to try that sometime. We have some vodka langushing in our refrigerator. I've heard other people have problems with hives, rashes and iching because of that stuff. It can't be good for you.
27th-May-2010 10:14 am (UTC)
I'm boring. We use diluted Vinegar with a couple drops of whatever essential oil I have the most of for the majority of cleaning(our floors are tile). The "pickle" smell dissapates after about an hr or two, leaving the scent of whatever oil. For room "freshiners", I bring in a bunch of Rosemary or whatever fragrant flowers are most available in the yard. Right now it's Gardenias...
28th-May-2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner. So is baking soda. I'm glad to see both of those natural substances are starting to come back into vogue. Sage is good for purifying the air too.
27th-May-2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
If we want our house to smell nice, we empty the litter box.

My husband likes to use caustic chemicals to clean (probably because his mother washes everything in dish soap cut with bleach - there's a story there about how I discovered that, because I use dish soap to wash my hands when I'm at the kitchen sink... TEH BURNING! OW!). If he sprays tilex anywhere in the house, I don't get a migrane, but my eyes are watering and my mucuous membranes burn for the next 2 days.

We may have used febreeze to remove cat urine from a chair or vomit smell from car upholstery and for that it seemed to work. But we have it in the liquid hand spray bottle, and I'd much rather use "Kids & Pets" which also seems to get rid of cat pee odor
28th-May-2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's what a lot of people seem to be saying that the hand spray bottle is less toxic. But that stuff is impossible to find in the stores nowadays because they are all pushing the canned stuff and THAT'S the stuff that is toxic.
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28th-May-2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Those commericals always show people spraying copious amounts in the air. I suppose they want you to empty a can and buy another right away. The commercials are toxic.
27th-May-2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
I hate that stuff. I use baking soda for all of my de-stinking chores. It absorbs the odors, but is scentless itself. Did I just sound like a commercial?
28th-May-2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
My mom always used baking soda for cleaning. Baking soda and plain, boring vinegar. Sometimes ammonia but ammonia is not politically correct anymore, thanks to the Oklahoma City bombing.
27th-May-2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
that's quite unsettling.
28th-May-2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I thought so too. I never expected that BOTH floors would go off! It was weird as hell.
27th-May-2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I despise febreeze, as I do most "air fresheners". I absolutely love people who rant about the evils of mcdonalds, and corporate america, and how we're poisoning our bodies with chemicals who bust out the febreeze to make sure everything is "fresh". . .

Goddamn I hate febreeze
28th-May-2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Man, so do I as well as most fabric cleaners, deodorants, hair products and detergents. They all have those fake perfumes in it that make me get such a rash and such a migraine. Ugh.
28th-May-2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
I don't like the smell. It is fake smelling, for lack of a better word.
28th-May-2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
It IS fake smelling. All those perfumes were created in a laboratory and have so many hidden toxins in them. I'm sure they are going to find out that they have carcinogens in them and that people get lung cancer from overuse of them. That's my big objection to them.
31st-May-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
My Mum uses it on my old cuddly toys that aren't small enough to be put away (I have a 4-foot elephant..) but yes, I dislike that it's in EVERYTHING cleaning-based these days. It's bloody awful and doesn't smell like 'outside' at all!
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