Household Products: Air Fresheners
We have used these products for years. But researchers are now connecting the dots and getting results that show these products aren’t so great for our health. Why?
1️⃣Air fresheners contribute to indoor air pollution by emanating “fragrance” in the air. The word fragrance can be a combination of over 3,000 different ingredients, including phthalates which are a known endocrine disruptor! Here are the key words to look for:
fragrance, perfume, parfum, aroma, flavor.
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and laundry products, currently does not require manufacturers to disclose any ingredients on the label, including fragrances in these products.”
2️⃣Fewer than ten percent of all volatile ingredients are typically disclosed on air freshener labels! Some of the chemicals range from formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, phthalates and ethanol. According to the EWG, these are either endocrine disruptors or carcinogenic substances.
3️⃣NIH states that scented products emit a “bouquet of VOC’s”. (Volatile organic compounds).
4️⃣Here are some adverse health effects that are associated with air fresheners: migraine headaches, asthma attacks, mucosal symptoms, infant illness, and breathing difficulties.
5️⃣”Kids don’t have a complete metabolic system—they can’t process things the way adults do. Whatever is in the air, a child may have as many as 30 times greater exposure because of their size and their level of activity.” Kent Pinkerton, professor in the department of pediatrics at the U.C. Davis School of Medicine.
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