In case you have not heard air fresheners and even those smelly candles are actually really bad for you. Rain, spring, flowers and mountain air may be smells you have learned to associate with fresh and clean but they do not clean the air and they can hurt you and your family. They include an array of hazardous substances which may cause lung damage and tumors, interfere with our hormones and cause such lifelong problems as asthma. Yes you read that right... scary!!
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. Everything that you smell coming from those products are all synthetics and toxic chemicals. A report that was released in September of 2007 by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 of 14 brands of common household air fresheners contained phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals that are used to prolong the length of time that scented products maintain their fragrance. Regular exposure to phthalates can increase your risk of experiencing endocrine, reproductive, and developmental problems. Some of these brands were labeled as being "all-natural" and "unscented" and didn't have phthalates on their list of ingredients even though they were found to have them. Even if you find one that doesn't have phthalates doesn't make synthetic air fresheners safe to use anywhere. 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.
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. Air fresheners typically only mask orders and then you inhale them and it also goes into your body via your skin.
There is a study from 2014 that suggests using air fresheners during pregnancy can boost your child's risk of childhood asthma. This again has to do with the phthalates exposure. Scientific America.
You may wonder why companies can get away with not only not listing ingredients but put out products that are not safe. If you have read by blogs before you know that this is because it is legal. They don't have to put a true list of ingredients on the label hence you can't just trust labels. Not only that but it is not on the company to prove that a product(s) is safe. It is up to other companies or sources to prove that something is not safe. This doesn't work the same as medications although there are surprising issues there as well.
So what can you do? What can you use?
1) You can open the windows and get some fresh air going through your home or car. Although depending on where you live an time of year this may not be too much of an option.
2) Clean, cleaning always helps with the smell of a home or car. You also can use all natural and safe ingredients to do this. Check out some of my previous blogs on cleaning naturally recipes.
3) Make your own DYI spray air freshener
8 oz spray bottle
2/3 cup of water
4 tbs of vodka or rubbing alcohol
add 15 to 20 drops of 1 or a combination of 100% pure essential oils.
Great essential oils to use for air fresheners:
Any oils that make you smile, try making some of your own blends.
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*** make sure to only use pure essential oils, the higher the quality the better. Once you get into higher quality oils not only do they help more with the cleaning but they also have side benefits on a therapeutic level. Make sure you 100% trust the company you are purchasing from and not just relying on what you see on the labels. If you have any questions or need any help please again feel free to reach out to me
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