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Glade Carpet Powders

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I had the oddest thing happen this week and the only thing I can think that is in common is the Glade scented carpet powder.

A little background, I'm pretty sensitive to things, if there is flour in the air it can trigger a reaction for me. Then I have my buddy Jack, who has 4 legs and came to me thru a rescue organization. He had been through several homes because of his chronic diarrhea and they had tried about every medicine on him. He was all ears and feet and pretty skinny. I think it was fate that we got him, I put him on a grain free diet and after a while he filled out and the diarrhea went away. I know once I bought wheat free dog food and it had barley in it and he broke out in hot spots and scabs. Anyhow on to this week.

I put down a whole bottle of their clean cotton scent carpet powder (I have a lot of carpet) to just freshen things a bit, typically I don't use this stuff. So I put it down, had the dogs (I have another one who can eat anything) in the kitchen and then I vacuumed it up. When you put it down it is really strong in the air and I did start to tear up at that point but didn't think much about it. Well ysterday both the Jack and I showed signs of glutening, he had an accident that morning and he never has that and had to go out repeatedly throughout the day and let's just say I was much lighter by this morning. The other dog is fine, and no one else in the house except Jack and I are dealing with the diarrhea. Since he had nothing besides his dog food and I didn't eat that the only thing in common is the carpet stuff so I called them.

They referred me to a website and I looked it up and the only thing that could have it would be the fragrance component and of course they won't tell you what they use for that but they do have a comprehensive list of possible ingredients, one of them is wheatgerm extract. Now I know wheatgerm oil even in conditioners makes my skin go nuts so if that was part of the fragrance (which it could be given it was clean cotton scent or something like that) I might have breathed it in and the dog might have done the same since he sleeps on the floor at night (or licked it off his paws). Anyhow I'm just bringing this up in case anyone is super sensitive you might want to read labels for stuff like this too since it does get into the air. According to the website it is 2% of the product that is fragrance so it could account for a very small portion but if you are doing a large area you might want to wear a mask or maybe just use baking soda :-)

I'm going to have to vacuum my daughter's room again more thoroughly since that is where he sleeps and I don't want to be up again tonight at 3:30am if I can help it, I suspect he doesn't either.


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