Side Effects of Chemical Air Fresheners

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Side Effects of Chemical Air Fresheners

You’ll find a myriad of chemical air fresheners in the market. But before you pick one for your home, office space, kitchen or work space, read about the chemicals they’re made of and the harmful effects they have:

Phthalates: A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found out that many air fresheners contain variable quantities of phthalates. These chemicals help the fragrance to dissolve in the air quickly; they also hold and carry the fragrance. But that’s only one part about this chemical. The dangerous part is – it is known to cause developmental and reproductive problems and can affect the nervous system.

Causes Asthma: Unborn babies who are exposed to excessive air fresheners while they’re in the womb are more like to develop asthma as a child.

Aerosol fresheners: Many aerosol air fresheners contain para-dichlorobenzene or naphthalene. P-dichlorobenzene, is known to reduce the sense of smell and may also cause cancer. Tri-chloroethylene, another common ingredient of aerosol air fresheners, can cause dizziness and problems in breathing.

Benzyl Acetate: Benzyl Acetate is found mostly in non-spray air fresheners. One can suffer from kidney damage if exposed to this chemical for a long period of time. Benzyl acetate can also cause irritation in the eyes and it may also affect the central nervous system even if you are exposed to the chemical for a shorter period of time.

In most countries the cleaning industry is self regulated. There is no authority or government body to check the contents of air fresheners or its percentage of chemical contents. There have been cases where hand sanitizers were found to contain bacteria in it.

Greater oversight is required to regulate the use of chemical components in cleaning products such as air fresheners.

Solution to this problem: You, the consumer, whether individual or corporate, can choose bio-organic air fresheners with natural fragrances and non-CFC dispensers that won’t harm you or your loved ones, are biodegradable and won’t harm the environment, eliminate disease causing bacteria while neutralizing bad odor.


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