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Air Fresheners The Truth: Air Fresheners are not clean air, Air Freshener Secrets
Do You Know Which Air Fresheners are Toxic?
Remember Me Forgot My Password! I have never been a fan of air fresheners in cars. The main reason is that I am highly prone to motion sickness - I mean, it can happen even when I'm the one driving. These days, however, I am rarely the driver. My husband and I share a car and I mostly completely love the car sharing economy, which has made it more affordable and convenient to get around. It's actually quicker and cheaper for me to call an Uber to get to most places downtown than to drive, find parking and pay for it.
Air fresheners sell like gangbusters in the United States. In fact, since , sales have doubled as the market has broadened to offer solid, aerosol and plug-in varieties in a smorgasbord of scents. But the domestic fragrances and odor neutralizers have also received a bad rap for their chemical stewpots. Environmental groups repeatedly warn against using many types of air fresheners, citing a list of pollutants they claim can threaten our health. At the same time, industry representatives maintain that air fresheners pose no risk.
Air Fresheners are Toxic - Household Toxins - Part 2
These air fresheners rely on heat induction technology and special heat-activated scented gels to continually release a scent. At the time of their introduction, plug-in air fresheners were heralded as being an excellent development in home scenting technology. Aerosol sprays had come under fire during the s for their deleterious effect on the ozone layer. Today, however, consumers are being warned that they should rethink modern air fresheners. As researchers have taken a closer look at these seemingly hassle-free devices, they have discovered an astonishing number of toxic compounds are present in many scented gels. One of the primary concerns health experts have about plug-in air fresheners is their wide-spread use of phthalates. Phthalates, which are also found in many plastics, aerosol sprays, paints, pesticides, cosmetics, and fragrances, are notoriously disruptive to the body.
Are there any green-friendly, nontoxic air fresheners out there, or how can I make my own? It is true that some air fresheners on the market today make use of harsh chemicals to eliminate or overpower odors. Some of the most offensive ingredients—volatile organic compounds VOCs , benzene and formaldehyde—can cause headaches and nausea and aggravate asthma, and have been linked to neurological damage and cancer. Perhaps even more worrisome, though, are dispersants known as phthalates that cause hormonal and reproductive issues, birth defects and developmental disorders. As a result, Walgreens removed the products from its shelves, and the manufacturer which made them reformulated their product line without phthalates. Given such problems with air fresheners, many of us are looking for non-toxic alternatives.