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Exposed: The Shocking Truth About Air Fresheners

What You Can Do:

-Stop using “Air Fresheners,” “Air Sanitizers,” and “Air Deodorizers.”  Even many “natural” or “unscented products” simply use extra ingredients to mask the scents.

-Write to the Consumer Product Safety Commission asking them to ban hazardous phthalates in consumer products and requiring ingredient labeling of all consumer products.  Here’s the link to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the e-mail for Canadian Consumer Product Safety division of Health Canada (

-Make offices off-limits to so-called “air fresheners.”  If you’re not the one in charge at your office show him or her this information and request that they enact such a policy.

-Open a window to freshen the air!

For references or methodology on the NRDC study, click here.


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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.

8:04AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

I just don´t buy any air fresheners, they test on animals and have a bunch of chemicals, no thanks!

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