Are you getting sick after inhaling the overwhelming scent of Fabuloso? If yes, we’ll tell you what to do!
Does Fabuloso Cause Headaches?
Fabuloso can cause headaches for some individuals. Fabuloso and Fabuloso Complete come in various scents, such as Lavender, Tropical Spring, and Floral Burst, and are quite powerful.
Most folks do not mind the scent and in fact, they love it as it gives the freshly cleaned whiff that lasts for a few hours. There are a few that find its fragrance overpowering and pungent.
If Fabuloso is not diluted as per instructions and used as a concentrate, it is likely to give headaches and possibly aggravate respiratory problems in some individuals.
How To Get Rid of a Headache from Fabuloso Fumes?
Fabuloso could be your preferred cleaner to remove stains and grime, but if you get headaches while using it, it indicates a chemical sensitivity.
Chemical headaches are caused by exposure to strong fumes, soap, and cleaners. To get rid of a headache caused by Fabuloso, do the following:
1- Close the lid and remove the product from that area. Remove any other items it could have been dipped in, such as sponges, mops, and cleaning cloths.
2- Open all the windows to air out the room.
3- Step outside for some fresh air.
4- Drink plenty of water.
5- You may take a painkiller; however, this is not recommended on a long-term basis.
Avoid Fabuloso-Induced Headaches by Doing the Following:
1- Dilute as per instructions. You can add slightly more water, but this will diminish the cleansing power of Fabuloso. It may then not be effective to remove stubborn stains, but the scent will not be as strong.
2- Open all the windows when you start cleaning to ventilate the areas. Keep them open for a little while longer to get more fresh air.
3- If you are using Fabuloso to mop the floors, have a separate bucket containing only clean water and rinse off the areas afterward to remove any Fabuloso residue.
4- When using Fabuloso to clean other surfaces have an extra basin of water and a clean microfiber cloth. Rinse these areas with clean water to remove any Fabuloso residue.
5- Do not combine cleaning products as the result could be toxic fumes.
6- Switch to other products that are natural and non-toxic.
If you get headaches after using Fabuloso regularly, stop using it to see if there is a difference. If Fabuloso is the cause and the above steps do not stop or prevent the headache, it is advisable to stop using Fabuloso altogether.
Can Fabuloso Fumes Make You Sick?
Fabuloso fumes can make certain individuals sick. The following chemically induced symptoms can appear when using Fabuloso:
1- Nose and throat irritation
4- Watery eyes
7- Breathing problems and possibly triggers asthma
These symptoms indicate that Fabuloso is affecting you adversely and you may want to consider other non-tox options as detailed further below.
Chemicals and Ingredients to Avoid
Certain cleaning products use harsh chemicals. Some of these chemicals are toxic and can cause health issues. A few are listed below:
1- Bleach: Bleach can irritate the eyes and also cause chemical burns. (Source)
2- Ammonia: Ammonia also irritates the eyes and throat. (Source)
3- Phthalates: These are common in products that have fragrances. Significant exposure can cause serious health issues such as disruption to the endocrine system. (Source)
4- Chlorine: These are found in mildew removers and toilet bowl cleaners. It can irritate the respiratory system and disrupt thyroid function. (Source)
5- Sulphates: These are found in soap, detergents, and shampoos among other items. exposure can cause skin irritation and dryness, especially in sensitive people. (Source)
Look out for these products in the ingredient list. If you react after using these products, stop using them and look for an alternative solution.
Alternative Natural Cleaning Products
The following are natural options that you can use in place of commercial products. They are great for those who have respiratory issues and are sensitive to strong scents.
1- Baking Soda: Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda into 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Use this to clean your counters, sinks, appliances, and other surfaces. It is also good for removing foul smells.
2- White Vinegar: Mix ½ a cup of vinegar in 2 cups of water. Add a few drops of your preferred essential oil (optional). Use this on counters and other surfaces (avoid using it on wood, and grout).
You can also mix water and vinegar in equal amounts and add lemon rind and rosemary sprigs to leave behind a nice scent.
3- Borax: Mix 1 cup of borax in a ¼ cup of vinegar. Apply this on stains and other surfaces.
4- Hydrogen Peroxide: Pour some into an opaque spray bottle and spray it on your surfaces. Wipe with a microfiber cloth.
5- Castille Soap: Combine around 2 tablespoons in a spray bottle filled with water and use it to clean your household surfaces.
Always spot-test on a small area first. These products do not contain strong scents or harsh chemicals. The scent of vinegar does not last on the surfaces either. Always use clean containers and spray bottles to store these mixtures.
While most people love to use Fabuloso due to its cleaning prowess and the fresh fragrance it leaves behind, some are sensitive to its scent. If it gives you headaches and other health issues, discontinue its use immediately. If your health condition worsens, get rid of the entire product and its packaging from your home and seek medical advice.