Pthalates–The Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC)—an international environmental organization—conducted a study called, “Clearing the Air: Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners” in which they found 86% of air fresheners tested contained dangerous phthalates. Phthalates are used as plastic softeners, anti-foaming agents in aerosols, in vinyl found in children’s toys, automobiles, paints, pesticides, and in cosmetics and fragrances. According to the NRDC research, “Most phthalates are well known to interfere with production of the male hormone testosterone, and have been associated with reproductive abnormalities.”
Acetone—is a blood-, heart-, gastrointestinal-, liver-, kidney-, skin-, respiratory-, brain- and nervous system toxin. So, in other words, it can damage just about any part of your body and have a wide range of adverse effects.
Butane and Isobutane—Yes, lighter fluid. It a serious toxin to our brain and nervous system.
Liquified Petroleum Gas and Petroleum Distillate—It is fairly obvious why we wouldn’t want to add this to our air supply. I’ve been half-jokingly telling my clients for years that air fresheners contain the byproducts of gasoline that the oil industry can’t put into vehicles. It looks like it may not be far from the truth.
Propane—a cardiovascular and blood toxin; liver, kidney, respiratory, skin, and nervous system toxin known to be extremely dangerous and that’s why we operate propane barbecues outdoors yet we’re spraying this stuff into our indoor air.
Perfume–This single ingredient contains up to 400 different toxic ingredients, 95 percent of which are derived from petroleum products and are linked to a whole host of serious health conditions ranging from headaches and dizziness to depression and behavioral changes. Check out my article, “What’s Lurking in Febreze?” for more information.
Benzene—known to cause leukemia in humans. Check out my article, “EXPOSED: Is Your Child’s Classroom Toxic?” for more information on benzene and formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde–linked to cancers of the upper airways.
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