START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good

What’s in That Car Air Freshener?

What Can You Do:

-Don’t buy from companies that value trade secrets over the public’s right to know what they are breathing.

-Write to Car-Freshner Corporation ( and tell them you want (and deserve) to know the ingredients in their  products.

-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 your office scent-free.  If you’re not the one in charge at your office request that they enact such a policy.

-Want fresh air? Open a window.

-Air fresheners aren’t the only products that allow toxic ingredients.  Personal care products are full of them.   Sign the petition to stop allowing the use of toxic ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics.

Subscribe to my free e-magazine Worlds Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow me on my site, Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

Read more: Allergies, Anxiety, Asthma, Cancer, Conscious Consumer, Depression, General Health, Headaches, Leukemia, Michelle Schoffro Cook, Smart Shopping, Stress, Testosterone, Women's Health, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional 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 The Phytozyme Cure. 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.


+ add your own
9:57PM PST on Jan 6, 2014

I would never use any kind of commercial air freshener, they are really bad for the environment and also for people with allergies and asthma, like me. I use peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle for the house, and spray the car with it periodically.

9:46PM PST on Jan 6, 2014


10:36PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013


8:11PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Yes Cheryl M. Chemically sensitive people like us are truly the canaries in the coal mine and we want to warn and protect others from these horrible chemicals. I missed my cousin's viewing tonight because of those stinking TREES in my brothers' car. My heart started pounding within 2 minutes of getting into his car. I felt like I was having a severe asthma and panic attack. I got dropped back off to my car,attempting to follow him to viewing. By then I could hardly drive felt so neurologically impaired and confused and had to pull over,eventually drove home and missed the viewing(after having to pop a couple of prednisone,pills)which is not the greatest option.
For more information people, you can go to

6:05PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013


11:37PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Thanks for his article and all valuable information.

1:15PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

GGma Sheila D.,

I hate artificial smells (and gel sanitizers/hand and Etc. cleaners- I REALLY HATE, WHERE IS THE SIMPLE BARS OF SOAP- HAIRS ARE NOT GOING TO POISON ME!) too before I ever knew that they are damaging to the our species bodies. In recent years, I really hate them; but discovering them everywhere, and really no control to stop them from being omitted into the air I experience (even at the local campus' computer lab both are present- at least I do not have to use gel sanitizers/hand and Etc. cleaners while in the lab, but of course, have to wash my hands after using bathroom and no choice. Now, that thinking about it what typing this, I should just bring a bar of soap with me; Thank You, for facilitating my coming to this conclusion.

11:45AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Could never stand those car air fresheners. Within 5 minutes of being enclosed with just about any kind my sinuses would get congested, my eyes start tearing and then the half box of tissues I'd use on the way to where ever. Hate them; now I have even more reason to avoid them.

11:24PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

CHERYL M: It has been so much that these truths have been covered up for so many decades; but rather that the majority; if not all of us, just did not give a damn. NOW WE DO! Don and I CAN! :-))

10:21PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

It blows my mind how covered up these truths have been for so many decades! I (luckily) started learning about this about 20 yrs ago. My evolution into learning about natural health came about when searching to find out reasons for a multitude of health issues. I was severely affected by many common products on the market, ranging from common cleaning products, air fresheners, candels, etc. I am so thankful to have been open minded so long ago, when these things were barely mentioned if at all. If I had never come across this information,I cannot even imagine the ramifications to my health!. These chemicals are toxic to everyone, but I would consider myself ultra chemically sensitive. I never would have regained my health, had these carcinogens not been omitted from my life!. I am so concerned about these chemicals infiltrating more & more in our lives, & especially affecting children. Many other countries are much more advanced in their understanding of the health ramifications of these toxic chemicals & have banned many of them, specifically the toxic plastics in things such as baby bottles, pacifiers, & toys (many of which baby's & toddlers chew on & or put in their mouths). Many plastics outgas, such as plastic shower curtains, etc. These company's are being allowed to poison us, & because there are not the proper regulations & laws set in place, they can deceive us, & legally get away with it! We need, more than ever, to be our own s

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.