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Tips for Removing Fragrances From Clothing

Let’s be honest, fragrances stink. They are bad for our health and for the health of our pets. Exposure to fragranced consumer items has been known to cause debilitating symptoms in adults and children. When it comes to the clothes I wear, I personally don’t want a chemical cocktail of endocrine-disrupting, neurotoxic, cancer-causing chemicals hanging around on my clothing. Removing fragrances from clothing can be … Continue reading Tips for Removing Fragrances From Clothing

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Please Don’t Assault Your Body with Fragrances

Over the last decade and a half, fragrance has probably been the second most difficult topic for me to discuss with friends and family. As a side note, talking about toxic mold and its effects on our health and family life takes first place, as the most difficult topic to discuss with family and friends. Speaking about fragrances and their damaging impact on health has … Continue reading Please Don’t Assault Your Body with Fragrances

Fragrance Free & EO Free Home Products – Updated Post with PDF

One of the questions I get asked the most is about household products without fragrances and essential oils. Years ago I saved links on this page where you could click through and research options available online. Today I wanted to share a few quick tips in case you are stuck and wondering what you can use to clean and you don’t have time to work … Continue reading Fragrance Free & EO Free Home Products – Updated Post with PDF

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What Does It Mean To Be Masked & Unmasked in Regards to Fragrances & Toxic Mold

Hi friends. How often do you find that it is hard to express just how strong a friend or family member’s perfume is or how awful their fabric softener makes you feel? What does it mean when someone says that you are masked and unmasked? I dive into these topics and more my latest YouTube video.    I’m discussing: – How is a person masked … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Masked & Unmasked in Regards to Fragrances & Toxic Mold

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Wellness Practitioners Using Toxic Air Fresheners & Fragranced Products?

Can we all agree that medical facilities and wellness practitioners should stop using toxic air fresheners and fragranced products inside their offices? I have to add that even diffusing essential oils can be a problem. They aren’t as safe as we’ve been led to believe. So recently, my husband was gifted some nutritional IVs by a sweet friend. Although I wanted to go with him … Continue reading Wellness Practitioners Using Toxic Air Fresheners & Fragranced Products?

This is Best Fragrance Free Soap I’ve Ever Tried

I’m so excited to let you know about this amazing company. Just before New Year’s, I received the coolest box of fragrance-free soaps from Canary Whiskers Soap Company. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to receive. Having tried several fragrance-free soaps before and having been sorely let down I honestly didn’t have high expectations. Fast forward a few weeks and oh my word. … Continue reading This is Best Fragrance Free Soap I’ve Ever Tried

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The fragranced products phenomenon: air quality and health, science and policy

Abstract Fragrance is used in consumer products around the world. However, fragrance has been associated with adverse effects on indoor and outdoor air quality and human health. Questions arise, such as the following: Why does fragrance in products pose problems? What are sources of emissions and exposures? What are health and societal effects? What are possible solutions? This paper examines the issue of fragranced consumer … Continue reading The fragranced products phenomenon: air quality and health, science and policy

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New Publications on fragranced product emissions, essential oils, exposures, and their effects on health by Anne Steinemann PhD.

Anne Steinemann PhD has just released some fantastic journal articles regarding fragranced product emissions, essential oils, exposures, and their effects on health. I’m sharing them below with her permission. Be sure to check them out and share them with others. (1) The Fragranced Products Phenomenon: Air Quality and Health, Science and Policy*Obtain a Copy of the Article   (2) Pandemic Products and Volatile Chemical EmissionsObtain a … Continue reading New Publications on fragranced product emissions, essential oils, exposures, and their effects on health by Anne Steinemann PhD.

New Line of Clothing Highlights Fragrance & Chemical Sensitivity

This Friday, June 5th, 2020, a new line of official Chemical Free Gal™ merchandise for men and women will be available for purchase. In the future, I will also have items for children too. I’m so excited as this is something I’ve wanted to do for several years now. Quietly, I’ve been designing and putting some creativity alongside my passion for those who are sick over … Continue reading New Line of Clothing Highlights Fragrance & Chemical Sensitivity

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Sample Letter for Establishments Using Air Fresheners and Fragranced Products

Hello, world. How’s everyone doing amidst this pandemic? Things sure have turned into an absolute circus lately, and I worry that those of us who already had limited access to many establishments will be forced even farther away as businesses employ the use of stronger chemicals and fragranced cleaners to sanitize surfaces and restrooms. Dealing with the increase of chemicals and fragrances used indoors is … Continue reading Sample Letter for Establishments Using Air Fresheners and Fragranced Products

Two Ingredient Fragrance Free DIY Hand Sanitizer

I’ve been getting some messages about how to make hand sanitizers. Although I do believe they can be helpful in certain circumstances, I’m a bit hesitant to share this information because hand sanitizers shouldn’t replace proper handwashing. Also, hand sanitizers can be made incorrectly giving you a false sense of security. Right now people are going crazy making hand sanitizers using Vodka which doesn’t have … Continue reading Two Ingredient Fragrance Free DIY Hand Sanitizer

New Studies by Dr. Anne Steinemann on Fragranced Baby Products, Essential Oils, Indoor Air Quality & More

A few months back Dr. Anne Steinemann sent me some of her new studies. I am posting below, with her permission what she sent me. These studies were conducted in collaboration with some of her students and colleagues and are worth looking at. Please feel free to share with others! Knowledge is power. (1) Fragranced baby products (both regular and “green”) – nearly all products emitted chemicals classified as hazardous, with … Continue reading New Studies by Dr. Anne Steinemann on Fragranced Baby Products, Essential Oils, Indoor Air Quality & More

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Get The Skinny On Toxic Fragrances in Aveda & Other Beauty Products

I am amazed at the number of people I run into who recommend I try Aveda products because of their safety and purity. Without going too far into dissecting all of their products and telling you which ones use GMOs and which ones have bad ratings by the Environmental Working Group I will just focus on one ingredient, FRAGRANCE aka Essence, Parfum, Aroma.  In all … Continue reading Get The Skinny On Toxic Fragrances in Aveda & Other Beauty Products

Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance

“Dr. Anne C. Steinemann is an internationally recognized expert on pollutant exposures and associated health effects, including topics of indoor air quality, consumer product testing and evaluation, exposure assessment, and healthy homes and communities. She is currently Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She was previously Program Manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.C. San … Continue reading Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance

How to Be Fragrance Free

How to Be Fragrance Free Chemically sensitive people vary in their reactions to scents and chemicals, smoke and pet dander. As a general rule, when attending a fragrance-free event or visiting a chemically sensitive person, the more thoroughly you can rid yourself of scents, smoke, pet hair, and chemicals, the better. Begin preparation as far in advance as possible. To be truly scent free, you … Continue reading How to Be Fragrance Free

Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance

“Dr. Anne C. Steinemann is an internationally recognized expert on pollutant exposures and associated health effects, including topics of indoor air quality, consumer product testing and evaluation, exposure assessment, and healthy homes and communities. She is currently Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She was previously Program Manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.C. San … Continue reading Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance

How to Be Fragrance Free

How to Be Fragrance Free Chemically sensitive people vary in their reactions to scents and chemicals, smoke and pet dander. As a general rule, when attending a fragrance-free event or visiting a chemically sensitive person, the more thoroughly you can rid yourself of scents, smoke, pet hair, and chemicals, the better. Begin preparation as far in advance as possible. To be truly scent free, you … Continue reading How to Be Fragrance Free

Avoid Essential Oils

Over the years, I’ve been asked hundreds of times about diffusing, ingesting, and applying essential oils to the skin. In the links below, you will find information that will help you make an educated decision. If you already use EOs and are happy, that is your choice, But I choose to avoid them as best as possible. What I share and what I have been … Continue reading Avoid Essential Oils

Saturday Thoughs – Be Careful How You Treat Those in Our Community

Being mean spirited and casting judgments on those with disabling and debilitating health conditions is never a good idea. Before you judge or lash out at people in our community, consider these 5 things: 1. Some adults have to sleep/rest longer hours, not because they’re lazy but because their disability or chronic illness requires much more rest than the average individual. This same goes for … Continue reading Saturday Thoughs – Be Careful How You Treat Those in Our Community

New paper provides a link between common chemicals and ‘unexplained’ chronic illnesses

The press release below is shared with the permission of Dr. Claudia Miller. SAN ANTONIO – Could your new home with its fresh paint, carpet and cabinets, as well as pesticides used around the place, cause a range of illness due to chemical intolerance?A new paper provides a long-awaited link between exposures to common chemicals and so-called unexplained illnesses. It also for the first time … Continue reading New paper provides a link between common chemicals and ‘unexplained’ chronic illnesses

Toxic Mold Exposure and Glutathione Depletion = Chronic Illness

I really enjoyed watching this video on how mycotoxins deplete our glutathione (GSH). This is one of the reasons why many of us mold injured people go on to develop chemical intolerances, mast cell issues, autoimmune and neuroimmune conditions. The video discusses how microphage function is compromised by low glutathione, how glutathione is responsible for protecting cell membranes, removing toxins and so much more. “The … Continue reading Toxic Mold Exposure and Glutathione Depletion = Chronic Illness

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Random Thoughts on Marriage, Mold Illness & Faith

I can’t pretend that I have a perfect marriage, nor can I say that we have always handled everything thrown at us with grace and patience. We’ve tried, but we’ve failed and started over so many times.Truth be told, we have fallen flat on our faces. We have quit, screamed, cried, walked away, and felt broken.With my husband and me, our health journey started when … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Marriage, Mold Illness & Faith

Videos

Washing Moldy Clothing, Mycotoxins & Losing EverythingHave you been affected by toxic mold and are wondering about your clothing and other cloth items? In this video, I’m covering the following topics: -What do I do with my moldy clothing, bedding, and other cloth items? -Does Ammonia and EC3 work to clean moldy clothing? -Are all black molds toxic? -What is a toxic mold and how … Continue reading Videos

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Mind Your Words When Talking With Or About Someone with Illnesses You Don’t Understand

No matter what you do or how you do it, there will always be people who will criticize you, speak ill, and share false information about you. It’s been my bread and butter for quite some time, and it sucks. In the early years, I remember being at church gatherings and watching people gossip and snicker about me and downplay my health situation. I also … Continue reading Mind Your Words When Talking With Or About Someone with Illnesses You Don’t Understand

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May Is MCS Month-Why Do We Call Ourselves Canaries?-English/Spanish Post

May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month. MCS is also known as Environmental Illness, Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance, and Environmentally Acquired Illness. In Spanish, it is referred to as Sensibilidad Química Multiple and or Intolerancia Ambiental. This illness can be brought on after a toxic injury. Many people develop it after one significant exposure or after multiple exposures. Exposure to construction chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, … Continue reading May Is MCS Month-Why Do We Call Ourselves Canaries?-English/Spanish Post

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The Connection Between Toxic Mold and MCS

I created a video to share the connection between my toxic mold exposure and going on to develop chemical sensitivities and intolerances. Please note that toxic mold exposure is NOT the only cause of MCS but it does seem to play a big part in many women I know and have interviewed. In this, video I talk about the importance of sleeping in a clean … Continue reading The Connection Between Toxic Mold and MCS

How to manage moldy packages, library books, thrifting, your safe space and more.

I made a quick video where I’m chatting about: -Contaminated mail and opening packages outside. -Are library books safe? -Can one contaminated item cause disabling symptoms? -Some people may think you’re crazy. -Can friends and family gift you things from their moldy and or fragranced home? -We must have a detective mentality. -Is thrifting safe? -Most homes in my area have toxic mold issues, not … Continue reading How to manage moldy packages, library books, thrifting, your safe space and more.

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Could Your Environment Be Making You Sick? Podcast Episode 3

Hi there! Episode three of Chemical Free Gal’s Podcast is now live. I didn’t know that mold was the cause of my health problems until it was too late. No one told me when I was young, healthy, and vibrant, that mold could annihilate me and leave me sick for years. I wish I would have known then what I know now. If you or … Continue reading Could Your Environment Be Making You Sick? Podcast Episode 3

Today Is Launch Day! (Grab 15% off NOW) on Official Chemical Free Gal™ Merch

Hi guys! As promised, today is the day you get to purchase items from the Official Chemical Free Gal™ merchandise storefront. I’ve done a few collaborations with our sister store CYRACARO so be sure to check out those items as well. The Chemical Free Gal™ storefront will focus on raising awareness through fashion for Invisible Illnesses and the need for clean air. It will highlight … Continue reading Today Is Launch Day! (Grab 15% off NOW) on Official Chemical Free Gal™ Merch

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Have You Made Fire Cider? Check Out This Easy Recipe

When I first learned about fire cider as a teenager, I envisioned a dragon breathing out fire. Something about the name made me feel as if it was some magical drink that would make one breathe out fire.  So what exactly is fire cider? Fire cider is a tonic made by infusing herbs, fruits, and spices in apple cider vinegar. Although the name was originally … Continue reading Have You Made Fire Cider? Check Out This Easy Recipe

Look For The Helpers – Reflections Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you during these crazy times that we’re going through. I’ve been trying to write this post for the last two weeks but haven’t been feeling well enough to do so. I had a bad chemical and mold exposure that pushed me over the edge and the myalgia and nerve pain were extremely overwhelming. Thankfully this week … Continue reading Look For The Helpers – Reflections Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

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A Struggle Endured By Many Yet Understood By Few – Mold Chronicles

Many families won’t have gifts or decorations, or special treats during the holidays. Some won’t even have a home to live in. Instead of searching for Black Friday deals on toys or gadgets, they’ll be searching for a place to pitch up a tent or a vacant room in someone’s home if they can tolerate it. Some families will be forced to camp outdoors in … Continue reading A Struggle Endured By Many Yet Understood By Few – Mold Chronicles

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What Does It Feel Like To Get Sick From Mold/Chemicals and How Can Friends and Family Offer Support

In this post, I would like to talk about some of the things that people go through after they are injured by chemicals, toxic mold, and other toxins inside of water-damaged buildings. I also want to share helpful tips for friends and family members of those who are suffering through a series of impossible illnesses. I say impossible because it seems almost impossible that hidden toxins can destroy … Continue reading What Does It Feel Like To Get Sick From Mold/Chemicals and How Can Friends and Family Offer Support

How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance Sufferers

This article was created with the clinician and the patient in mind. It is a comprehensive resource that can be useful for medical practitioners and patients alike, to learn how they can better reduce and or avoid problematic exposures. Those of us who have been injured by chemicals and or toxic mold know first hand what it feels like to be exposed to something problematic. … Continue reading How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance Sufferers

Chemical Sensitivity: The Illness Crippling People, Dismissed By Doctors – Dr. Anne Steinemann Media Coverage

Watch an interview done with Dr. Anne Steinemann on chemical sensitivities and how it is affecting thousands of Australians. This condition is also known as Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance. For more media coverage of Dr. Anne Steinemann’s research please click on the links below. Newspaper and Magazine Articles; Television and Radio Programs ABC Radio Sydney August 17, 2018 3AW Radio July 9, 2018 Sunday … Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity: The Illness Crippling People, Dismissed By Doctors – Dr. Anne Steinemann Media Coverage

March 2018 Study Finds That One in Four Americans Suffer When Exposed to Common Chemicals

I get so excited when I find out about new studies! The medical nerd in me jumps up and down. Why all the excitement? Well, today I received an email from Dr. Anne Steinemann telling me about a new study that just came out on the prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities in the United States. The study found that the prevalence of diagnosed MCS has … Continue reading March 2018 Study Finds That One in Four Americans Suffer When Exposed to Common Chemicals

Hidden Hazards In Common Consumer Products & Their Effect On Indoor Environments & Health – Dr. Anne Steinemann Lecture

Why should you care about toxins in consumer products and environmental pollutants? Can you become sick from the everyday use of consumer personal products? Is it true that components in essential oils can emit hazardous air pollutants and also react with ozone in the air and create VOC’s like formaldehyde? What percentage of chronic diseases are caused by indoor air pollutants? Are baby products and … Continue reading Hidden Hazards In Common Consumer Products & Their Effect On Indoor Environments & Health – Dr. Anne Steinemann Lecture

To Tree Or Not To Tree – A Look Into The Hidden Chemicals In Artificial & Real Christmas Trees

Christmas time is here Happiness and cheer la la la, la la la la, la la la la la la The Christmas season is definitely my favorite time of year. It is a time to celebrate the beauty of life. A time to bless and be blessed. A time of prayer and reflection. In the spirit of the upcoming season I’ll share some lines I … Continue reading To Tree Or Not To Tree – A Look Into The Hidden Chemicals In Artificial & Real Christmas Trees

Back To School Facts for Someone with Chemical Intolerances

The school year is readily approaching and with it comes a string of problems for parents who suffer from chemical intolerances aka MCS and TILT . Below is an outline of important facts that may help teachers, parents, and others better understand those who are suffering from these disabling conditions.So just what are we talking about here? What is TILT, what is MCS? For extensive … Continue reading Back To School Facts for Someone with Chemical Intolerances

Graphics & Quotes

Please feel free to download these graphics and share them. Just right click on each image to download or to share on social media.I’m always adding to my sharable graphics and quotes so check back often. Continue reading Graphics & Quotes

Chemical Sensitivity – Frequently Asked Questions

Questions from friends, family, and people in the community **Please note that MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) is sometimes referred to as Toxic Injury, Environmental Illness and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance TILT**  What is MCS? I have never heard of it, is it a real thing? The American Academy of Environmental Medicine says that MCS is a very real chronic medical condition which is often quite … Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity – Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical Sensitivity Resources

Products for the Chemically Sensitive Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance Mast Cell Activation Syndrome MCS Research published from 2000 to June 2016 How to Be Fragrance Free Children & Environmental Toxins Chemical Free Housing How do I clean up pesticides in the home? Informative Graphics & Quotes MCS UNDER SIEGE Dr. WILLIAM J. REA LIBRARY Free Test for Lead or BPA Organizations Chemical Sensitivity … Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity Resources

Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities

If you are reading this article it is probably because someone has sent it to you, someone who is suffering from an immune system condition like MCAD or an Environmental Illness like Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance sometimes referred to as MCS.  I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article. Many times we feel guilty for having to ask family and … Continue reading Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities

Products for the Chemically Sensitive

Please note that there are various levels of chemical intolerances and sensitivities and what may work for one person may not work for another. Most of the products listed below can be purchased online at Vitacost, Amazon, or a health food store. If you find that you have a reaction simply return the product. Amazon and Vitacost are very good about accepting returns if a … Continue reading Products for the Chemically Sensitive

Chemical Free Housing

So many people with chemical sensitivities and conditions like CIRS and TILT are looking for safe housing. Housing that is free from mold, cigarette smoke and chemicals is hard to come by these days. Many families have opted for tiny homes or converted trailers and they live isolated from buildings and contaminated spaces. So what can you do if you are chemically sensitive and you need to find … Continue reading Chemical Free Housing

MCS Research published from 2000 to June 2016

Selected Bibliography of Studies and Articles on Chemical Sensitivity Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals If the study you want to read does not have a link copy and paste the title of the study into google where you will most likely be taken to the study. Research published from 2000 to June 2016 Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2014 Sep Allergic diseases and multiple chemical sensitivity in … Continue reading MCS Research published from 2000 to June 2016

Scientific Study on Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins

The Scientific World Journal Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 767482, 20 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/767482 Review Article A Review of the Mechanism of Injury and Treatment Approaches for Illness Resulting from Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins Janette Hope Environmental Medicine, 304 W. Los Olivos Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA Received 15 January 2013; Accepted 10 February 2013 Academic Editors: O. Aruoma, P. Maček, and J. B.T. Rocha Copyright © 2013 … Continue reading Scientific Study on Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins

What is Toxic Injury Awareness Month?

May is Toxic Injury Awareness Month, it is the month to share, speak awareness and make your voice heard concerning Environmental Illnesses and Invisible Disabilities like TILT (Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance), MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and ME (Myalgic encephalomyelitis). Please share these short videos and links below with friends, family, coworkers, churchgoers and everyone in between so they can hear some facts on what MCS is … Continue reading What is Toxic Injury Awareness Month?