No Perfume Pets 101

“Pretty” smelling chemicals are making pets and people sick. Fragrance Stinks is dedicated to educating others about toxic chemicals in everyday products while finding natural solutions to keep you, your pets, and your home fresh and clean.

When you see “fragrance” or “parfum” listed as a product ingredient that means it contains a combination of synthetic scent chemicals. This “fragrance” found in detergents, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, dog shampoos, carpet cleaners, room sprays, air fresheners, colognes, perfumes, candles, cat litters, plug-ins, and so much more can be the source of health issues for both you and your pet. Adverse reactions to these “fragrance” chemicals may include sneezing, itching, seizures, liver damage, digestive and respiratory problems,  cancer, and organ failure.

It’s so easy to avoid products with “fragrance” listed in the ingredients and good ol’ baking soda and vinegar have hundreds of household cleaning uses. The following is just a quick starter list to get you going. Virtually all of the following products are widely available in stores and on Amazon,, and more. We’ve also linked to their company websites for more information.

Natural Dog Shampoos: Cloud Star Buddy Wash, Pop’s Pet Organics, Earthbath, Wondercide

Natural Cat Litters: sWheat Scoop, BLUE Naturally Fresh, Feline Pine, World’s Best Cat Litter

Safer Cleaning Products: Seventh Generation, Molly’s Suds, Green Shield Organic, Dr. Bronner’s

Natural Air Fresheners: Bowl of baking soda with a few drops of essential oil; bowl of vinegar; spray bottle filled with water and several drops of essential oil; oil/wax warmer with coconut oil, orange peel, and cloves; pure beeswax candle with cotton wick

Vinegar or baking soda: 1/2 cup in the washing machine is a fabric softener and deodorizer.

Equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle is a great glass, mirror, chrome, and surface cleaner.

Baking soda as carpet deodorizer: vacuum, sprinkle liberally, rub it into carpet, let sit overnight, vacuum.

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