If you use synthetic air fresheners in your car and/or living space, you should know that youre likely increasing risk of developing a variety of health problems. Headaches, earaches, depression, an irregular heart beat, and diarrhea in babies are just a few of many health challenges that have been linked to regular use of synthetic air fresheners.
In response to this study, the National Resources Defense Council produced the following list that indicates the presence or absence of phthalates in common air fresheners:
Please note that having no phthalates does not make synthetic air fresheners safe to use in your car or home. The vast majority of synthetic air fresheners emit significant amounts of terpene, a volatile organic compound that can react with naturally occurring ozone to create formaldehyde. Ozone, a form of oxygen, exists at some level both indoors and outdoors, so formaldehyde formation is practically inevitable wherever synthetic air fresheners are used. Indoor environments that tend to have elevated levels of ozone include those where photocopiers and ozone-generating air purifiers are used.
Why should you be concerned about exposure to formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Given all of the above, its not surprising that a study that was published in a 2007 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine indicates that regular use of sprays can increase your risk of developing asthma by 30 to 50 percent. This study was performed by the European Community Respiratory Health Survey, and collected data from 3,500 people in 10 European countries.
Clearly, your health is best served by minimizing exposure to synthetic air fresheners and other synthetic products that are designed to emit a prolonged artificial scent.
Here are some simple and natural ways of keeping your car and living space smelling fresh without using chemical-laden air fresheners:
Please consider sharing this information with friends and family members who use synthetic air fresheners in their cars, homes, and work places. And if you have any other ideas on how to keep these areas smelling fresh without using synthetic chemicals, please consider adding them to the comments section below. Thank you.
simmer clove and cinnamon in small pot on stove , for a healty natural scent in your home
Many people are allergic to the scent of cinnamon as well. It is very toxic to some. That is why it is used along with cloves as an insect repellent and killer.
My husband was crazy about air fresheners, fragrant dryer sheets, all that yucky chemical stuff. After 3 years of marriage I have finally talked him out of using dryer sheets and he now uses all-natural essential-oil based air fresheners in the house. And dont even get me started on all the fabric-spray products. You cant "clean" fabric by spraying it!! Its like in that movie, "Envy" - where does the smell go?? Whatever dirt and grime thats causing the smell is still there!! Thats just gross, in my opinion. I dont spray my house full of fragrant chemicals just because I made fish for dinner - its dinner and it smells like food - so what?? But if my shoes or my couch smell, they get cleaned and washed, not sprayed with an "odor-neutralizer." Those things just plain scare me.
How about putting a few drops of pure essential oil in a spritz bottle and using that to refresh a room?
Simmer dried citrus peel (orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and or lime) or you can crush the fresh citrus peel in your insinkerator (food waste disposer).
Another idea is to use 100% pure essential oils, (not those with synthetic oils added). You can put a few drops in an atomizer with water, and mist it throughout your house. You can also add a drop or two to your potpourri.
I like the use of pure essential oils. You can also use this idea for your car. Simply put some on cotton and you can stash it in air vents or in little nooks. Fresh mint crush up and put in a little sachet is also a good room freshener and bonus, rodents hate mint!
I take 1 part white vinegar and 4 parts water and put in a spray bottle (fine mist setting). It works great for me. You could always add a couple drops of essential oil in there too but I just use it as is.
try a couple of drops of Lavender oil or Tea Tree oil on a light bulb, bulb must be on of course. It will smoke slightly as it burns away.
I just buy lavender extract and put a couple of drops in a spray bottle with water. Works better than anything else Ive tried. You could also do peppermint, rose or other scents you like that come in extracts at the health food store.
Im so glad youve written this. Marketing is so good at getting people to buy a product without giving the consumer the full story of how the product can affect their health. One of the things I do besides open a window is diffuse essential oils.
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