Most households have multipurpose cleaners. But few of us think about which cleaners people prefer and why. The multi-purpose cleaner, originally invented in Venezuela in 1980, quickly became a household favorite with its presence, reaching Mexico and eventually the USA in 1996. Due to its pleasant and alluring scent, it grew so quickly in popularity. People began heating Fabuloso’s scents on the stove to use them as home fragrances due to their popularity.
Fabulous and poison control centers have stated that Fabulous should not be boiled or heated in any way. The Fantastic product should only be used as intended, as a household surface cleaner. The heating of Fabuloso may aggravate skin conditions, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.
In addition to irritant properties, there are a few other hazards associated with boiling Fabuloso. It seems obvious to not heat household cleaners in order to prevent the release of chemical irritants into the air, but you may wonder how this practice became so widespread.
What Is the Reason People Boil Fabuloso?
Fabulous is marketed as a multipurpose cleaner that is suitable for floors, bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms, and can be obtained in a variety of delectable scents. During the process of cleaning, Fabuloso is also deodorizing, claiming to leave a lingering scent for 24 hours following use.
People boil Fabuloso in a pot on their stove, sometimes adding other fragrant items such as cinnamon sticks or Downy, in order to create a homemade air freshener of sorts because of its pleasant, lasting fragrance. It persisted in some households because it was not well-known and spread by word of mouth among friends and families.
How does a stove boil Fabuloso?
People began sharing about how they used Fabuloso boiled on their stoves for years to fragrance their homes on social media platforms like Reddit and Instagram. This trend was quickly identified by the media and poison control centers so that this household cleaner would not be misused, as shown in the video below.
The chemical components of Fabuloso are released into the air when it is heated or boiled, so it can be irritating to individuals with breathing difficulties, as well as aggravate skin conditions, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.
How dangerous is it to inhale Fabuloso?
The inhalation of fabulous may be hazardous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one of the ingredients found in Fabuloso, Glutaraldehyde, could cause the following symptoms: dermatitis, burning eyes, wheezing, asthma, difficulty breathing, nasal, lung, and throat irritation. The primary use of this ingredient is to clean and sterilize, and it should never be used as an air freshener or inhaled for that purpose.
Why You Should Never Boil Fabuloso
Fabuloso was ultimately ruled not to be boiled, with poison control centers and the company itself warning that using it for a purpose other than what it was intended for could result in serious health effects. When heated or boiled, this cleaning agent releases its chemical components into the air, posing a potential health risk to those who breathe it in.
Other hazards associated with boiling Fabuloso
Fabuloso should not be placed or stored in any other container except for its original labeled container as it is a chemical cleaning product. When removed from its bottle, Fabuloso can appear to be juice as a result of its variety of translucent colors. Families with children are at risk of this mix-up more than others, but adults can also be affected by it.
It is also important to keep in mind that guests as well as members of your household may not be informed that a specific pot has been used to boil a cleaning product that could cause food contamination and illness if consumed.
Can Fabuloso be used in an oil diffuser or wax warmer?
It should not be heated or used as a room fragrance in any manner. Fabuloso is intended solely for cleaning purposes. The safest option is to use essential oils, wax melts, and air fresheners designed specifically to be inhaled.
What is the best way to use Fabuloso in a humidifier?
It is not recommended to use Fabuloso in a humidifier since it should only be used for its intended surface cleaning purposes. The ingredients of Fabuloso can be vaporized by warm-mist humidifiers, irritating your skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
You may wish to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your humidifier if you wish to use it as an aromatherapy device.
What Happens When Someone Drinks Fabuloso?
Fabuloso may be misconstrued as juice or a sports drink due to its packaging and brightly colored translucent liquid, especially if it is stored in any container other than its original container. The current manufacturer of Fabuloso, Colgate-Palmolive, has been contacted regarding possible changes to the design that may reduce this risk.
Doctors at Darnall Medical Center in Texas who have treated patients who accidentally ingested Fabuloso point out that the substance is, fortunately, a mild gastrointestinal irritant and is unlikely to cause serious health problems.
Even though symptoms can be mild (usually vomiting or diarrhea), in-depth studies have not been conducted to determine how ingestion is related to factors such as age and weight of the individual who ingested it. The poison control center at your state or province should be contacted if you or a family member consumes Fabuloso and you should follow their advice as to whether or not to seek further medical attention.
Do Fabuloso products contain bleach?
The Fantastic is a bleach- and ammonia-free cleaner with a neutral pH level, making it safe for use on any surface.
What Does Fabuloso Recommend?
It is recommended that the multi-purpose cleaner be used only for its intended purpose without heating. The directions on the label of the bottle should be carefully read and followed.
How Can I Make Homemade Air Fresheners?
Using natural home air fresheners will remain safe and effective without posing health risks, but you should never boil chemical cleaners to create home air fresheners.
- Cinnamon and clove peels with oranges
- Sliced apples with cinnamon
- (You may use fresh ingredients or essential oils).
- Sliced oranges with mint