Today I went searching for a news story on a specific topic. A smelly subject to be sure but one that deserved a bit of research – especially today.
Dan and I went shopping this morning. We went to three stores and rounded off our shopping spree with store number four – a quick stop at a nearby Dollar Store to grab a few bags of peanuts for our neighbourhood squirrels and Bluejays.
Entering and exiting the store, I did what I have always done since the beginning of the pandemic – I took a shot of hand sanitizer and applied it thoroughly. On the way out of the store, I touched my facemask to readjust it. By the time I got into the Jeep, I was choking on the smell that had penetrated my mask. Since misery loves company, I had Dan take a whiff. By the time we got home, the entire Jeep reeked. The first thing I did was toss the mask in the outdoor garbage can. The second thing was to thoroughly scrub my hands.
I cannot believe that this is the first time I have had such an issue and I cannot believe it was so bad. It was as strong and as repugnant as bug spray. And according to today’s very informative news story it was probably deliberate!
We are one of those many families who have issues with chemical scents. We buy virtually everything unscented for a reason. Many of us suffer from migraines, respiratory issues, and allergies. It is a genuine health issue, as it is for many!
I cannot imagine why anyone would be allowed to create hand sanitizer that has been scented with noxious chemicals. I really cannot understand how anyone can be allowed to provide such hand sanitizer to an unsuspecting public as part of a health order to prevent the spread of a life/health threatening disease.
I have scrubbed my hands three times and changed all of my clothing since we got home and there is still a scent wafting around me. Not only is this smell brutal, but obviously it is not going away. 😒
That is my news for the day. Live and learn! I will not be venturing out without a container of unscented hand sanitizer any time soon.
Take care and have a great day! 💞 (And don’t trust public hand sanitizer).