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Is Cleaning a Migraine Trigger for You Too?

I used to think that I was “allergic” to cleaning. It always triggered a migraine for me. But that’s kind of too good to be true to be allergic to cleaning, don’t you think?

As it turns out, it’s partially true. I wasn’t allergic to the act of cleaning, but I was having a reaction to the cleaning products. And it turns out I’m not alone. I’ve talked to many other migraine sufferers who have the same experience.

Natural cleaning products

So, I’ve swapped out my cleaning products for natural options – and ones that actually support my health! That’s the good news. The bad news is that I didn’t get out of cleaning duties.

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  • lindasue26
    3 months ago

    I would like to know what natural cleaning options you are using.

  • Jane
    3 months ago

    I have also gotten severe migraines after cleaning and from the perfumes in cleaning products. It took me a long time to figure it out and and to find cleaners that work for me. I now use Seventh Generation products (Streak free shine, All Purpose cleaner, dishwasher pods, and dish soap). Also Clorox unscented wipes. And fragrance free laundry soap and dryer sheets.
    I’ve tried to get rid of scented products entirely (as well as personal care products that have perfumes.).
    I hope that helps.
    I’ve had intractable migraines for 40 years – i am constantly trying to educate myself to prevent and treat them.
    One of the reasons I love this Migraine site!

  • Sandy S
    3 months ago

    I came across a list of perfume free washing powders from America and was surprised how many there are . I wish in England there was a list like this. I have been trying for years and have still not found one that helps/suits me .I currently use washing crystals and bicarbonate of soda as well the problem is every wash has to be on the hot setting to properly clean and takes 2 1/2 hours per wash more elec as well one. So if anyone knows a washing powder that washes at a low temperature with no odour available here in England. It would be really appreciated. Fingers crossed for a cure very soon for us all. Thank you.

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