For the past six years, the American home has been filled with the smell of cologne, sweatpants, and sweat pants.
Now it’s time to step outside and let the smell wash over you.
While many of the chemicals used to make cologne are widely used, it’s important to keep in mind that some of these ingredients can cause problems, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury.
In 2018, we asked the experts to share their tips on how to make the most of your home’s natural scent.1.
Wash and rinse thoroughly, not just once or twice2.
Use a mild soap3.
Do not store cologne in the same place you use your hair or clothes4.
Make sure to wash your clothes in a cool, dry place5.
Use mild detergents for cleaning, but do not use bleach or bleach-based products6.
Never store colognes in a closet or bedroom7.
Store your cologne out of direct sunlight8.
Keep cologne and other household items separate9.
Use bleach in the washing machine when washing clothing10.
Store unused household bleach in a safe location11.
Avoid wearing clothes that have been exposed to the sun or direct sunlight12.
Use non-stick spray bottles13.
Use only low-pH products14.
Keep clothes dry when not in use, and wear long sleeves and long pants15.
Always use a vacuum cleaner or other machine with a lid to clean your clothes16.
Never wash laundry or dry clothes in the sun17.
Keep your hair in a conditioner, conditioner and conditioner free room18.
Use hand sanitizer and water with no bleach19.
Wash hair with soap in a dishwasher20.
Use deodorant and other anti-odor products21.
Avoid using any household cleaners, detergants, or bleach22.
Never let your hair dry on a hot or humid day23.
Never wear long pants or flip flops24.
Use products that do not contain chemicals such as petroleum, silicone, or phthalates.25.
Never put soap on your hands, arms, or feet.26.
Avoid products that contain bleach, ammonia, or hydrogen sulfide.27.
Keep products in the dark when not being used.28.
Use an air conditioner when using a microwave.29.
Do NOT use a dishwashing machine or other appliance with a steam release valve, as these machines can release chemicals and can also cause damage to the fabric.30.
Do keep in close contact with your children and pets when using your microwave.31.
Avoid putting food in the microwave.32.
Keep items in the refrigerator at or below 68 degrees Fahrenheit33.
Do avoid using dishwashers with a built-in heating element.34.
Use the dishwasher in a dry environment35.
Never leave a dishrag on the counter for a prolonged period of time.36.
Do a double-sweat test on all surfaces of your kitchen and bathroom37.
Never use a microwave on the stove or in the oven.38.
Do use an air conditioning system when not at home.39.
Never turn the air condition on in a room or the room to room setting.40.
Do do not allow air conditioning to be turned on for a long period of Time.41.
Do leave any appliances or electrical devices connected to the AC outlet plugged into an outlet in the attic.42.
Do have a fan or other fan blowing in and out of the house when not using your bathroom.43.
Do wear a mask and gloves when in the home.44.
Do take regular showers.