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Air Fresheners: Poisons for Your Home & Car

Health & Wellness  (tags: air fresheners, phthalates, cancer, toxins )

- 3890 days ago -
Informative article on the toxins used to manufacture most air freshener products. Why not boil natural potpourri on your stove instead? Thanks to Blair for the story idea.

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RC deWinter (418)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 3:54 am
Most of this stuff stinks anyway! Don't use cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, dry some orange peel, toss in some whole cloves, put in a pot of water on your stovee and simmer. Ahhh....natural, healthy and fragrant!

Katie S (79)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 4:08 am
Great advice Cate! I also suggest making bread or cakes for that lovely home-baked smell!

Elle J (276)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 4:09 am
Noted! Thanks for the story Cate. I use Fabreze but not aerosol cans of anything. I am a compulsive label reader so I pretty well keep a handle on things like this.

Joycey B (750)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 4:12 am
Thanks for letting us know this Cate.

Dolores H (2)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 4:12 am
Interesting article. I use one of those plug-in air fresheners. Friend gave it to me as a gift. Think I better stop using it. Thanks.

MareeCee D (66)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 4:52 am
Your are so right Caate1

Alf I (246)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 5:06 am
I always HATED the smell of these so called air 'fresheners'. Never use them!! Get yourself a nice oil burner or josh sticks. Or open the bloody windows!!

Stephen Hannon (203)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 6:09 am
Noted, thanks Cate. I don't use those air fresheners at all. They're expensive and don't work half the time, and there is fire hazard for some of the plug ins.

Tsandi Crew (95)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 6:24 am
Thanks to Blair and Cate. I usually open all my doors and windows during the day unless it's really really cold. Then I might boil some water with some sage in it. Once in a great while I might burn a cinnamon incense stick, but I usually open a window or door to let out the smoke.

Carolyn T (234)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 7:25 am
Noted. I do not use any air freshners of any type--fresh air, lovely fall potpurri now--faithfully use fan over the stove when cooking and I also simmer very diluted orange, lemon, lime juices sometimes with cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. to help chase odors away.

I had not though about cross-contamination in grocery stores, however. That was an eye-opener~

Gail L (30)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 8:12 am
Note3d, thanks for the info.

Ramona Gehl (141)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 10:25 am
I learned to do without air fresheners, scented candles, commercial cleaners, etc. when my son was a young boy, as he had asthma. I did and still do as Cate described, make your own natural potpourri and also simmered cinnamon on the stove in a pot of water! Thanx Cate -- Noted

Mary H (47)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 11:51 am
Natural is the best1 Ty Cate...

Sheila K (127)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 11:51 am
Another good tip is PURE organic oils a very, tiny, drop heated gives off wonderous smells and it's NOT toxic...

Kemsa A (173)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 12:41 pm
Thanks! My girlfriend like plugs in but I still use natural made incests.

Dee Amon-Ra (People of the Sun God "Ra")

Roseann d (178)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 12:43 pm
I've always hated the smell of that stuff. And it's harmful to pets too. I love essential oils they are also hazardous to cats I walked into an apt. to see if I wanted to rent it last night, smelled something awful - it was one of those plug ins and walked out - once that crap is in the atmosphere, it's hard to get out.

Bobbie W (113)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 1:33 pm
I have allso read that the plug-in kind can start fires. Don't know if it's true, but why chance ot? I like to clean my microwave by boiling a cup of water with vanilla in it, thenwiping it out. It freshens the air AND cleans the microwave.

MaryAnn B (80)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 1:40 pm
...Wow thanks Cate
Noted~ for the info and the heads up!!

Kari D (192)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 2:48 pm
Noted :-)

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 6:11 pm
An EPA study in 1991 found that a room containing air freshener had high levels of p-dichlorobenzene (a carcinogen) and ethanol.

Pamela R (159)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 6:58 pm
Ah, Goodness!! Here I thought I was completely "natural" ~ using the plug in (oil) type air fresheners.
(just one, in the bathroom, where the kitty's litter box is!)
No aerosol cans used at my home! I love the suggestions of boiling lemon peel, cinammon, etc.
Thank you, Cate... Live and learn! I'm an old dog who CAN learn new "tricks".

Jennie B (14)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 8:14 pm
I can never decide whether to buy these or not-well, thanks for helping me make my decision. I should have known. Noted.

Linda H (199)
Thursday September 27, 2007, 9:59 pm
We have birds and they are inter cater species and these can NOT be used near birds. We do not have them
in the house. It is best for all. Now if my roommate would stop smoking!

Denice G (45)
Friday September 28, 2007, 1:56 am
Noted. You are right Cate, natural scents are the best.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 28, 2007, 2:03 am
Knowledge is power, knowledge is protection.

Lisa Swift (79)
Friday September 28, 2007, 2:54 am
Natural is best... Now if I could only convince my caregiver of that! I have awful hayfever attacks when she uses her chosen cleaning products. That scares me, because they can trigger asthma attacks. She's only seen one of those and I guess she doesn't remember... Baking soda is one of the best cleaners in creation. And it absorbs odors as well. To make things smell good, I often boil potpourri or use my oil burner...Or make coffee... That scent of pure Columbian is awesome!

Noted! Thanks Cate!

John Blalock (48)
Friday September 28, 2007, 4:07 am
They always seemed like a joke. It`s like people will buy anything. But hell, you can plug them in, they have fans on them. Commercialism at it`s best.

John Blalock (48)
Friday September 28, 2007, 4:08 am
There are so many natural things you can use. Lets get back to Nature.

serge vrabec (278)
Friday September 28, 2007, 5:48 am
Great info., thx Cate!!!!!! Its great to have you back, you give soooooo much to us all. Blessings Serge.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 28, 2007, 5:49 am
It can cause skin irritation. Besides being a mucous membrane irritant, cinnamon oil is a strong allergen being capable of causing various allergic reactions and even CNS depression. Contact-type dermatitis has been caused in sensitised people. It is very irritating to the eyes and oral leukoplakia and cheilitis have been reactions when used in cinnamon flavoured dental products.

Mary M (20)
Friday September 28, 2007, 5:25 pm
Thanks for this information Cate.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 28, 2007, 8:23 pm
I love useing anointing oil, just a drop will do. (why not kill two birds with one stone.) just a Fraze !!! my house is being blessed & smalls so good at the same time. thanks Cate.

Blair Miller (246)
Sunday September 30, 2007, 6:57 am
I am not sure if i asked Cate to post this for me since I am such a dummy doing these postings but a great article as usual Cate. Scary.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 2, 2007, 5:16 am
Noted! Thanks, I had no idea! I've been going around my house removing plug-ins! My kid's think i've gone NUTS!

Jo W (23)
Friday October 19, 2007, 12:13 am
I do use the plug in type things but have not bought refills in a long time. I like to put cinnamon or Allspice in a pot with water and boil it. Nice smell.

Merry L (74)
Sunday October 21, 2007, 12:29 pm
Thanks for the info. Ususally don't use them-don't really work anyway!

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Monday October 22, 2007, 9:56 am
And also there is information that plug in fresheners can make an explotion, you hear well.
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