Social Justice Toolkit

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Educating Yourself and Others

What is MCS?

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a chronic medical condition and syndrome characterized by symptoms that the affected person attributes to low-level chemical exposures to commonly used chemicals. Commonly attributed substances include scented products, perfumes, scented oils, detergents, pesticides, plastics, synthetic fabrics, smoke, petroleum products, and paint fumes.
Commonly reported symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and inflammation of skin, joints, gastrointestinal tract and airways.

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Creating Fragrance Free Spaces

Creating Fragrance Free Spaces can be a great way to make office and public spaces accessible to visitors and employees. There are many ways to begin conversations and start this important process.

Here are a few ways to begin:
Community Agreements
Working with members and stakeholders in the office space/building is important to ensuring a fragrant/scent free (or as fragrant and scent free as possible) space can occur. Agreements can include not wearing heavily scented fragrances, not using perfumes, turning on air purifiers, asking individuals wearing scents to de-scent themselves, etc.

Using natural cleaning products

Vinegar and water solutions and cleaning products that have low scent and are naturally based will help reduce reactions.

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Air Purifiers

Placing air purifiers in each space will assist with reducing chemicals and fragrance in the air. Be sure to change and/ or clean the air filters as needed.

De-Scenting & Deodorizing Stations

Have baking soda available for individuals to use to de-scent themselves if they are wearing fragrance. They can also use unscented soap to wash the fragrance off.

Unscented soap in restrooms

Requesting and/or providing unscented soap in restrooms can be a powerful way to begin the scent free environment journey.

Deodorizing Spaces

Fabrics will hold onto fragrances and scents. Using a solution of white vinegar and water or baking soda and water and spraying it on surfaces will assist with deodorizing fabrics and other surfaces.