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Additionally, new scientific research has been disproving the outdated belief that “the dose makes the poison.”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…