Originally Posted by Kristi_1
I agree with Sneezydiva - I use baking soda regularly, mostly for laundry during the wash cycle. I let the clothes soak in it for a while.
Can you let your closest friends know about your sensitivities? If they knew that their perfumes were making you ill, do you think they would be more careful?
Thanks to both of you for suggesting baking soda -- I remember now that it certainly was a help when the cat had an unfortunate accident on a sleeping bag and the dry cleaners in town refused to take on the project of removing the urine smell! Baking soda works like a charm! I will try it on my clothes in the next day or two.
As for asking folks to not wear perfume when they visit, I find that that isn't really the problem. Well, OK, it's really a problem, but I don't KNOW anyone who doesn't use perfume or perfumed soap or cosmetics! I've learned to just hold my breath and try not to sit too close to them. It's what they leave behind on MY clothes when they leave, and what I bring home from visiting others and riding in their cars. I can live with the smell most of the time when I'm around people (except for occasional times in the subway when my eyes burn and I can hardly breathe from the concentration). It's not a major allergy like some of y'all have, just an irritation I'd PREFER not to have to smell.
But then having to live with it on my clothes is too much
-- I've been able to find perfume-free laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, dishwasher soap, liquid skin soap, skin creme, home-made shampoo, deoderant, -- even perfume-free retinol face cream (which is an indication that I'm at "that certain age" as the french say).
But then to have it all negated by a visit to or from someone is very irritating.
Thanks again for the practical suggestion -- it's very frustrating to spend hours surfing the internet and find only either information on how to ADD yet more perfume into your life (I can attest to the fact that you don't need to spend a single penny for that!) or political sites on how to lobby for new laws. I appreciate the practical advice on what to do NOW, not years in the future!