Stop Boiling Fabuloso! Here’s What Will Happen (Shocking)

With bright, vibrant colors and fragrant scents like popular Lavender, Lemon, Passion Fruit, and Tropical Spring, Fabuloso has become a darling among multi-purpose household cleaners.

In fact, the cleaner’s scents are so well-liked that people have been trying a variety of ways to make them stronger and last longer.

To do so, a current trend on social media and blogs alike suggests heating or boiling Fabuloso.

This is a bad idea as boiling Fabuloso can be harmful to your and your pet’s health and can pose a fire hazard.

So, stop boiling Fabuloso!!

Let’s explore the danger of boiling Fabuloso. After that, I give you one of my favorite ways to make my home smell good that doesn’t involve boiling household cleaners.

Here’s Why You Should Never Boil Fabuloso

Fabuloso has a variety of different ingredients, including ethylene glycol, glutaraldehyde, isopropyl alcohol, and sodium hydroxide. Some formulations even include hydrogen peroxide.

When heated, these chemicals can release toxic fumes that can be extremely dangerous when inhaled. Some of the chemicals include formaldehyde and benzene, which can be toxic and carcinogenic (cancer-causing). 

Furthermore, boiling Fabuloso poses a fire hazard and should never be done.

Read also: 10 Benefits of Using Fabuloso in Laundry

The Dangers of Inhaling the Fumes from Boiled Fabuloso

The fumes released by boiling Fabuloso can be hazardous to your health and your pets. It can be especially harmful to individuals with respiratory issues or illnesses.

Boiling Fabuloso can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which when inhaled can cause irritation to the nose, throat, and lungs and possibly lead to respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, or COPD.  

Furthermore, the fumes from boiled Fabuloso can also lead to eye and skin irritation and a variety of serious health problems. And contact with fumes like formaldehyde and benzene could potentially lead to cancer.

Additionally, the fumes and strong scent can also cause nausea and headaches. 

Glutaraldehyde (GA), another chemical found in Fabuloso is irritating and corrosive to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.

In a study published in the Journal of Occupational Health, researchers found that when rats were exposed to saturated GA vapor at 149⁰ Fahrenheit (65⁰ Celsius), 4 out of 12 died.

Other Dangers of the Fumes Released by Boiling Fabuloso

Boiling Fabuloso is a fire hazard.

With a flashpoint of 200⁰ F (93⁰ C), Fabuloso is highly flammable. This means it can ignite and catch fire when it reaches that temperature.

Therefore, by boiling Fabuloso, you run the risk of causing a fire, making the act potentially fatal.

Left-over Fabuloso Residue in Boiling Pots

When Fabuloso is boiled on the stove, in a pot, chemical residue from the boiled cleaner could remain in the pot.

If used at a later time to cook with, the chemical residue could mix with the food, which can lead to nausea and stomach aches, and can potentially burn the esophagus.

Additionally, because Fabuloso is so colorful, transferring it to any type of household container could lead to confusion, making others, especially children, think it is a sugary drink, such as punch or Kool-Aid.

Ingesting any household cleaner could be extremely harmful and potentially fatal, depending on how much was ingested.

But Why Do People Boil Fabuloso If It’s So Dangerous?

To some, Fabuloso brings memories of their childhood. To others, the fresh scent elicits a feeling of cleanliness and order.

To make Fabuloso’s scent stronger and last longer than 24 hours, as the manufacturer indicates, people on social media have suggested boiling the multi-purpose household cleaner on the stove.

Some blogs even indicate boiling Fabuloso on the stove is okay as long as it is diluted in equal parts with water and simmered at a low temperature.

They claim doing so will render the fumes released by the boiling less harmful and intense. They also believe boiling and then simmering the solution at a low temperature will prevent it from boiling over.

None of this is safe and should not be done.

Unsafe Alternatives to Boiling Fabuloso

In addition to the dangerous practice of boiling Fabuloso, other unsafe hacks are floating around blogs and social media.

They include:

  • Adding Fabuloso to an oil diffuser.
  • Adding Fabuloso to a wax warmer.
  • Adding Fabuloso to a humidifier.
  • Adding Fabuloso to the toilet tank.
  • Adding Fabuloso to an air wick.

Fabuloso should only be used as directed by the manufacturer.

Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good

There are alternative, natural ways to make your home smell good that don’t involve boiling household cleaners, such as Fabuloso.

One of my favorites, especially around the holidays, involves simmering a few cinnamon sticks to make tea. The festive aroma fills the entire house, and you can drink the tea plain or with a little bit of sugar and milk to taste.

Another festive, fall-time alternative is to boil citrus peels, cloves, cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract (a little goes a long way!), and some pumpkin spice. No need for exact measurements, just play with the recipe to find your unique scent, and voila!

Another great combination you can use throughout the year is the following recipe: boil 2 cups of water and add one lemon cut into thin slices, three sprigs of rosemary, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, and one tablespoon of orange zest. Simmer and add water as needed.

Some alternatives to boiling natural ingredients include lighting scented candles. It can be fun trying out new scents based on the season.

Essential oils in an oil diffuser can be a great addition to your home, plus some scents are said to improve focus, relaxation, energy, and even immune health.


Is Fabuloso dangerous to inhale?

Yes, it is dangerous to inhale the fumes from boiled Fabuloso.

According to Fabuloso’s MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet), there are no adverse effects from inhaling Fabuloso at room temperature, 68-77⁰ F (20-25⁰ C).

Can you boil Fabuloso on the stove?

You should not boil Fabuloso on the stove. 

The fumes released by boiling Fabuloso are harmful to humans and animals, as well as flammable. 

Additionally, chemical residue remaining in the pot used for boiling can transfer to food which can be harmful when ingested.

According to Jill Michels, the Managing Director of the Palmetto Poison Center, 

“Cleaning products have chemicals in them that aren’t meant to be boiled. When you boil them, they’re vaporized into the air, and it could cause a lot of irritation for people. Especially people with breathing problems like asthma and COPD.”

Is Fabuloso flammable?

Yes, Fabuloso is flammable. It has a flashpoint of 200⁰ F (93⁰ C), which means it can ignite and catch fire when it reaches that temperature.

To Wrap Up

Fabuloso’s scents are so distinctive and fragrant that people search for ways to make them stronger and longer-lasting.

Many social media sites and blogs encourage Fabuloso-lovers to boil the product to achieve the desired results.

However, you should never boil Fabuloso and should stop boiling it immediately if you have the habit of doing so as it can be hazardous to your health and highly flammable.

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