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Air Fresheners

Air Fresheners

I went to my local supermarket to see what is in air fresheners these days,
and the label on the first product I looked at read: “This product is banned
in California because it causes cancer.” It contained dichlorobenzene, a
chemical that is extremely toxic, a central nervous system depressant, a
kidney and liver poison, and one of the chlorinated hydrocarbons that is
long-lasting in the environment and is stored in body fat.

Make your own simple, yet effective, air fresheners instead!

  • Baking soda neutralizes acid odors, and vinegar neutralizes alkaline odors.
    You don’t need much more than these two ingredients to solve most odor

  • Health food stores sell air fresheners that are made of herbs.
  • The mineral zeolite works to reduce odors. The mineral is available in bags
    that can be placed in closets and other places where the air gets stale.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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3:37AM PDT on May 15, 2013

I like to boil spices on the stove. Cinnamon and cloves smell heavenly.

9:28PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thank you :)

2:47PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thank you.

7:19AM PDT on May 16, 2011

I'm going to try some of these - thank you

7:09AM PDT on May 6, 2011

thanks for the article.

2:15AM PDT on May 5, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

6:03AM PDT on May 4, 2011

I knew that some sprays really bother my breathing, but i did not know that they could be toxic. Thanks for the info.

10:50AM PDT on May 3, 2011

Good to know, thanks.

6:29AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

vinegar only smells while it is wet, as soon as it dries, the smell goes away, i use it for my laundry soap recipe and rinse recipe, also for air freshner, the bee's are only in trouble where people use pesticides and hybrid seeds/flowers, they eat the nectar and get sick from this. so don't use pesticides. i have tons of these little hyacinths around my house and clovers, they LOVE them and i have TONS of bee's. i don't mow a whole area of the nothing but clovers for the bee's.

11:02AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

We sell all natural products because we hav been concerned about chemical ridden products. Our business started as an aromatherapy and all natural store and we are now offering more alternatives. I love my all natural Bergamot & Orange air freshening spritz that is all natural. Check out some of the options in air fresheners that we carry:

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