Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Toxic Air Freshener

Who doesn't love walking into a fresh-smelling room? Who loves walking into a room full of hazardous chemicals?

The truth is that chemical fragrances and perfumes in air-fresheners products are full with very dangerous chemicals. 

Phthalates compounds are among the favored chemicals for fragrances because of their ability to make odor stick around. 

What is the problem?
Phthalates are neurotoxins that accumulate in the tissue of human and wildlife and are linked to endocrine disruptions, developmental and reproductive disorders, and cancer.

The National Resources Defense Council produced the following list that indicates the presence or absence of phthalates in common air fresheners: 

Highest levels of phthalates:

  • Walgreens Air Freshener Spray (removed from shelves)
  • Walgreens Scented Bouquet Air Fresheners (removed from shelves)
  • Walgreens Solid Air Fresheners (removed from shelves)
  • Ozium Glycolized Air Sanitizer

Medium levels of phthalates:

  • Air Wick Scented Oil
  • Febreze NOTICEables Scented Oil
  • Glade Air Infusions
  • Glade PlugIn Scented Oil
  • Oust Air Sanitizer Spray

Low levels or no phthalates detected:

  • Citrus Magic
  • Febreze Air Effects Air Refresher
  • Lysol Brand II Disinfectant
  • Oust Fan Liquid Refills
  • Renuzit Subtle Effects

The Solution:
  1. Open your windows
  2. Plants are natural air-freshening products
  3. Use room diffusers with essential oils
  4. Make your own air-freshener ( I'll show you how)
  5. Use Incense
  6. Chemically free air freshener (try


drollgirl said...

air freshener usually gags me, as i associate it with chemicals and with the STINK i am trying to cover up (poop, barf or garbage!). i think open windows and lighting matches are better ways to go. :)

Sasha said...

I forgot matches..they always work!

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