Toxic Air Fresheners and how to ensure safety in use

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Breathing clean healthy air is critical – especially for those who are susceptible to respiratory ailments, colds, viruses and bacteria. However, the air we breathe can become contaminated with unpleasant smells and needs to be freshened.

While using air fresheners to restore ‘clean air’, (which in most cases what happens is that you are using a masking agent with a high concentration of chemical that smells good) it is important to know what precaution to take. All air fresheners including the well known brands are toxic to some degree. If you use them as directed, and make sure to have plenty of ventilation, you are not at risk of developing cancer or any related illness.

Safety in Use

The most important precaution you can take is Safety in use of air fresheners

An overuse of the product can end up with some of the active ingredients actually entering your bloodstream. The maximum safe concentration of every ingredient is regulated and well studied for its different applications. Keep in mind that many substances can be dangerous in high concentrations, but safe in normal use.

The scents in air fresheners are the same as those you find in perfumes and cosmetic products. In fact, every commercial perfume product is safe till the point of exaggeration.Toxic Air Fresheners and how to ensure safety in use

Make one for yourself

If you are worried about harmful chemicals that comes along with the air fresheners bought from local stores, make one for yourself.

One method of making air fresheners at home is to take orange peels and slice them into small pieces.  Soak them in water, and the water may retain the scent of the orange peels. They will provide a smell that will last for a few days.  Another such air freshener can be made from lemon juice or fresh lemons.

Other methods includes: boiling cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon in a pan; mixing lime juice with baking soda and water; apple cider vinegar; grinding coffee beans.

Some alternatives

Removing the source of an unpleasant odor will decrease the chance that you will smell it. Ventilation is also important to maintaining indoor air quality and can aid in eliminating unpleasant odors.

Simple cleaners such as white vinegar and baking soda, as well as adsorbents like zeolite, are effective at removing odors. Some house plants may also aid in the removal of toxic substances from the air in building interiors.


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