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Tell Glade to Quit Gagging Us

For years, I have avoided buying Glade and other household odor reducing products. I learned about how chemically disgusting they are—containing agents that can worsen allergies, cause breathing issues, and result in other health problems—and switched to natural alternatives. I love my reed diffusers and natural candles, though they are much more expensive, and prefer them over the synthetic stuff any day (though I will admit to burning incense when the practice moves me).

Cost is exactly the reason why I recently bought a glade product, though. Since my husband’s layoff we have been pinching pennies, and we had stopped buying the oils and candles I love so much because they are just too costly. But after so many spring storms, the mildew level rising, and the new dog’s presence, I realized that when we don’t have anything around here to combat these smelly things—not to mention the cat litter for three, which is all the way downstairs—things can get, well, smelly.

So I bought a Glade aerosol spray against my better judgment, as it was so cheap, and decided to use it. Unfortunately, all it took was a single spray to remind me why I can’t stand the stuff in the first place.

Ugh! How can anyone? You can smell some kind of chemicals in the spray, and it’s so damn overpowering that you can’t help but gag. There is a mildly pleasant scent at first, but it’s so full of a chemically, almost alcohol-y smell, that it’s just not worth it. Gross

It turns out that those chemicals are pretty bad for us, too. SC Johnson, the maker of Glade, uses chemicals such as galaxolide (which sounds like a bad alien name, or the galaxy in a cartoon) and tonalide in their Glade products. These chemicals are known to be present in everything from blood to breast milk, and studies have shown that they may be linked to breast cancer and the very hormonal disruptions that have been in the news so frequently lately, resulting in the too-early puberty of young girls around the age of eight.

According to Women’s Voices for the Earth, SC Johnson isn’t all bad; they’ve listened to their customers before, and because of consumer pressure they now no longer produce products that contain harmful ingredients like phthalates and alkylphenol ethoxylates. That said, the chemicals that remain are still problematic—and we need to ask them to stop including them, too.

We already know that it’s possible to make these products without the harmful ingredients, since Simple Green and Chlorox have already paved the way, removing them from their similar products. Click here to ask SC Johnson to continue their practice of giving customers what they want—and to give us air fresheners and other goods that lack these additives.  Be sure to click the share button and tell friends and family about the campaign as well; until SC Johnson agrees to remove these chemicals, we definitely don’t want our loved ones absorbing more of them than they have already.