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Exposed: The Shocking Truth About Air Fresheners

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Hitting the Wal

No, that’s not a typo.  When I say “hitting the wal” in the context of air fresheners I’m referring to the extremely high amounts of phthalates NRDC found in Walgreens Air Freshener and Walgreens Scented Bouquet, along with Ozium Glycol-ized Air Sanitizer.  All three of these products had more than 100ppm—considered a high amount for exposure.  Walgreens Scented Bouquet Air Freshener had an alarming 7300 parts per million!

But Walgreens and Ozium aren’t the only culprits.  Here are the amounts of phthalates found by the NRDC in some of the common air fresheners:

Walgreens Scented Bouquet Air Freshener 7300ppm of DEP; 0.47ppm of DBP; 6.5ppm DMP

Walgreens Air Freshener Spray 1100ppm of DEP

Ozium Glycol-ized Air Sanitizer 360ppm DEP; 0.15ppm DMP

Glade Plugin Scented Oil 4.5ppm DBP

Glade Air Infusions 1.5 ppm DEP

Air Wick Scented Oil 0.75ppmDBP; 6.3ppm DEP; 1.6ppm DIBP; 2.1ppm DIHP

Febreze NOTICEables Scented Oil 0.19ppm DBP; 1.5ppm DIBP


What You NEED to Know:

DBP=di-butyl phthalate—has been linked with changes in hormone levels, poor semen quality, and changes in genital development.

DEP=di-ethyl phthalate—a reproductive toxin recognized by the State of California and the National Toxicology Program; linked to changes in hormone levels, poor semen quality, and changes in genital development.

DIBP=di-isobutyl phthalate—similar effects as DBP.  Has been linked to decreased testis weight and low testosterone levels in animals and changes in male genital development in humans.

DMP=di-methyl phthalate—insufficient testing to determine effects.

DIHP=di-isohexyl phthalate—known male reproductive toxin linked to birth and developmental defects.

Even in Low Doses:

Additionally, new scientific research has been disproving the outdated belief that “the dose makes the poison.”  In other words, that you have to have a high toxic exposure to have harmful health effects.  With the advent of newer testing equipment along with greater volumes of research scientists have disproved this belief, particularly with hormone disruptors.  Sometimes even seemingly miniscule amounts can have serious health consequences.

Keep reading to discover what you can do…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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2:15PM PDT on Sep 12, 2015

Thanks Michelle.

1:13AM PST on Feb 3, 2015

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1:33AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

thanx fr sharing

12:44AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

really evry knowledgeble

12:34AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

great info thnk you

10:00PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

its really a great info about the air freshners

3:22PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

I did not know this! How can they do this knowingly? It's so stupid! Stuff like Febreeze has always made me asthmatic. And the only things I can use is Renuzit. I will check them to see what they have in them! ASAP!

2:13PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

I am also concerned about phthalates but am disappointed to learn that the information shared in the article is quite dated (though the article was published in 2012). The study by the NRDC quoted in this article is from 2007. I just check the SCJ web site and found that they phased out phthalates in 2008 and wonder if other manufacturers have done this as well.

I would love to see an update to this article that actually presents current information. It looks like this author just lifted information from the NRDC health facts sheet and didn't do any additional research.

1:31PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thanks for the heads up. I'll stick to nature as much as I can.

5:08PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Since I developed asthma in old age, I stay away from all aerosals, in general.. Think they're all dangerous... hair spray, etc.

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