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Reblogged from: Health Facts

Protect Your Family from the Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners

Air fresheners have become a staple in many American homes and offices, marketed with the promise of creating a clean, healthy, and sweet-smelling indoor atmosphere. But many of these products contain phthalates hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems. NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent (12 of 14) of the products tested, including those advertised as “all-natural” or “unscented.”

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Reblogged from: The Yummy Life

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I’ve recently been reading about air fresheners and their harmful ingredients. Many of them are especially hard on people with allergies and asthma. One more thing to stay away from.

But, the air in my house gets stale sometimes. Or, the day after I’ve cooked with garlic, that aroma that was so appealing when I was cooking becomes very unpleasant. I want to walk into my house and have it smell pleasant. Nothing overpowering or even that noticeable. Just pleasant.

There is a simple, all natural, truly lovely solution. That is to fill the air in my home with subtle scents of spices, herbs, and fruit.

Read the “How to” on the link above.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on June 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    One of my neighbors uses those plug-in air fresheners. I walked into the room and immediately got a headache. Has to mean something! I really like the idea of using spices, herbs, etc. for a lovely fragrance in the home … it’s especially good when the spices are beyond their ability to flavor food. Here’s another Eco-friendly option: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 2-3 drops of essential oil. Dissolve baking soda in water, add remaining ingredients, transfer to a spray bottle and spray!

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  2. Nice ideas. I currently use scented vinegar I simply spray into a room but I may use the candle warmer concept and see how it works. I can’t be around any aerosol sprays, I go into an asthma attack. The same for some of the scented sprays in a pump bottle. I don’t have asthmatic problems any other time so I know these fresheners must be pretty bad.

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    • >lsf, seems like there are plenty of options rather than use chemical poisons. I like the idea, not only from the fresh smell, but the colour combinations in the pots look great too.

      AV

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  3. Posted by Alex Jones on June 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Certain places I visit sense me and then emit their chemical poisons. Humanity seems keen on poisoning themselves and each other.

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    • >Alex, humanity is just following the bidding of he corporate masters and believing all the advertising that tells us we have to smell nice. It can be done without dangerous chemicals, if only we took the time to realise that.

      AV

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  4. Before choosing to rid our home of as many chemicals as I could, I always used B&BW products, incuding their air fresheners, plugins, candles etc. Thankfully learning to choose safer alternatives has been easy, especially when it comes to cleaning and air fresheners. Here’s a few air fresheners we like.

    1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice) and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle can be spritzed in the air to remove odors.

    Combine water and a few drops of cinnamon oil in a spray bottle and you’ve got an instant air freshener that’s both economical and all-natural.

    Or, an equal amount of lemon juice and water added to an atomizer.

    My favorite trick that I found is putting a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the cardboard tube of the toilet paper. This will release the scent of the oil each time the paper is used.

    Boiling lemon or orange peels then letting them sit.

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