Air Fresheners contain allergens and potential carcinogens (acetaldehyde or styrene, as well as other substances such as toluene and chlorbenzene, glycol ethers, phthalates and artificial musk)
Air Fresheners don’t “purify” the air. Instead, the coat the air and the inside of your nasal passageways. But in the end all they do is cover up the smell, and do a poor job at that. “Now it smells like fish and roses!”
Air Fresheners contain Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates). “Studies involving rat and human subjects have suggested that high exposures to certain kinds of phthalates can cause cancer, developmental and sex-hormone abnormalities (including decreased testosterone and sperm levels and malformed sex organs) in infants, and can affect fertility. ” Time Magazine.
Air fresheners have little to no regulation: According to Health Wyze, “The cleaning industry is self-regulated, which translates to no regulation. Chemical companies do not need permission from any authoritative body before releasing their latest air fresheners or cleanup wipes”
Air fresheners don’t support your health: Essential oils smell great, but that’s only the tip of what they can do. Essential oils can support your body systems including your immune and respiratory systems. Essential oils can lift your mood, heighten your senses, and brighten your outlook. Essential oils can boost your energy, focus your mind and sharpen your concentration. Essential oils provide BALANCE. But best of all, essential oils are natural and do not contain carcinogens.
This is my favorite room freshening spray. I keep it in the bathroom to freshen damp towels and just refresh the bathroom overall. Yes, there are numerous poo poo sprays out there using oils but not everyone in the house is considerate enough to actually USE it.
I also use it to freshen the area around the catbox, to freshen the garbage area, to get rid of musty smells….it’s basically the spring cleaning of essential oils mixes. You don’t have to use the baking soda but I find it helps to emulsify the oils.
1 cup distilled water
1/2 cup witch hazel (or vodka)
1 Tbsp baking soda
10 drops of your favorite essential oil, blend or recipe.
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How Air Fresheners are Killing you. http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/184-how-air-fresheners-are-killing-you.html
How “Fresh” Is Air Freshener? http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1664954,00.html
Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/health/home/airfresheners/fairfresheners.pdf
New Study: Common Air Fresheners Contain Chemicals That May Affect Human Reproductive Development http://www.nrdc.org/media/2007/070919.asp