Hidden Ingredients– Sanitizers/ Disinfectants

In the past I have talked about how how manufactures are not legally obligated to list every ingredient that goes into a product.  For the allergic or the sensitive this can be a minor annoyance or a huge problem.

On her blog Corn Allergy Girl talks about how this impacts her life. Reading about her struggles made me grateful that even though oils are found in lots of weird places there are many foods that are completely safe that I can eat without worrying about setting off a reaction.

One of the places that hidden ingredients make it into products through manufacturing but are excluded from the label is in cleaning products. This is a huge problem for those who are corn allergic because so many sanitizers and disinfecting products are made from corn and are used on every kind of food or food making equipment imaginable. It seems to me that if a person has an allergic problem with oils, reacting to particles in the air or from traces on the skin this might be a worry since a lot of soaps and cleansers contain fragrances that have oil carriers. If a person is that sensitive to oils then trace amounts of sanitizer used to clean equipment might cause a reaction. I personally don’t react to oils or oil derivatives on my skin so far.  I know I had a problem with sanitizers on my skin and in the air when I worked in food service but I haven’t noticed a reaction to traces on surfaces.

Read my other post about hidden ingredients. Flowing/anti-caking agents


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Allergies in Public Spaces

Once again I tried and failed to be social. There’s a mother goose reading time for under two year old children at our local library and everyone I know recommended it. It sounds wonderful and the actual event was fun. Everyone sat around in a circle and the librarian led us through some wonderful rhymes and the motions to go with them. The problem was that it was held in an enclosed room with twenty adults all wearing scent: scented laundry products, scented body wash, scented shampoos, scented lotions, and other normal things that people use daily. Many of those sorts of things contain chemicals as well as scent, including phthalates.

I can get sick from standing next to a heavy scent or from lingering cleaning residues in an enclosed space so it was pretty much a given that I would have a problem.

Thankfully my reaction was fairly mild and I was able to recover in a few hours but I found it frustrating. I am not going to be able to go back. My reactions only become worse over time.

My frustration was compounded by getting sick from going to our local dollar store the next day and becoming so sick from something that I was down for the rest of the day.

I went online and found that I’m not the only person this happens to.


Interesting that products that say ‘unscented’ can actually use scent to cover smells. Although the term ‘fragrance free’ means no scent.


Sadly these two articles only talk about scent and not chemicals. Then I found this one,


This article was stupid but the comments reflect how I feel about this issue.

I get horribly horribly sick. Sometimes to the point of physically vomiting, mostly it’s headaches, nausea, exhaustion, stomach cramps, fever, shaking, and all around illness. Some of these people get migraines too. I don’t want to impinge on other people but it’s pretty easy to see that something that they are doing is messing up my health. I don’t often go to public spaces. I almost always have to buy my stuff online and carefully air out the things I buy. I have to plan to get sick every time I need to visit a doctor’s appointment or take care of my car or visit the vet. I need to buy special expensive fragrance free body products.

I used to date someone who always reacted poorly to any requests made of him. Say if I had asked him to hang up his towel after showering he would be really awful about it, deliberately leaving his towel on the floor every time afterwards. Thing is most of the time I don’t even think he cared that much about whatever I had asked. It was inconvenient to him to do anything different in order to make a life together.   I don’t think he realized how much of a slap in the face it was. Obviously I was able to leave that relationship.

Unfortunately I feel we live in a society that is very much like my ex. A majority of people have been convinced that nothing is more important than convenience. Unless someone who has a lot of power suddenly develops chemical sensitivities to fragrances or everyone does I doubt that anything is going to change. I desperately want to be able to spend time with other people and not have to take time out to go to bed after doing so but I truly don’t see how that can happen and so I just do my best to keep myself healthy even if it means being slightly isolated.


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Oil Transfer

I missed posting this Monday. I meant to but somehow writing it got missed in the shuffle of living.

I’m finding it insanely difficult to do anything beyond take care of basic necessary life chores as a parent. Kudos to anyone who manages more.

That being said I’ve made it a priority to take care of my health so I can keep up with the demands of parenthood. One of the things about my baby is that we share almost everything. Even if I don’t want to. In general if she has anything on her it gets on me.

Unfortunately our diaper cream has vegetable oils in it and my child consumed some vegetable oils outside the home in social situations.

To try and minimize my danger I washed my hands and her hands a lot and avoided letting her stick her hands in my face or mouth until the dangerous time had passed.

So far so good.  I’m hoping that in the future I can stay vigilant enough to stay healthy.

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