Whether you want your house to smell like pine forests, spring meadows at dawn, clean laundry, or apple cinnamon strudel, rest assured you’ll get an air freshener that will provide just that. Air fresheners come in many different forms and include sprays, plug-ins, gels, candles, beads, and candles. But did you know that while air fresheners provide a sweet-smelling fragrance in your home, they don’t neutralize smells and they may be damaging your health?
Basic ingredients found in air freshener include petroleum distillates, p-dichlorobenzene, formaldehyde, and aerosol propellants. These chemicals can result in anemia, increased cancer risk, changes to the blood, difficulty breathing, watery eyes, respiratory problems, asthma attacks, pulmonary damage, chronic fatigue syndrome, liver damage, skin lesions among others disorders. Also, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are released into the air by air fresheners. VOCs are chemicals that easily turn into gas or vapor at room temperature.
Indoor Air Quality
Air fresheners are manufactured and bought with the aim of improving indoor air quality, and it’s quite ironic that making your home smell better makes it more toxic instead. Your home is a relatively closed space and the use of these products can diminish air quality and this can result in the chemicals being trapped in your system and your family’s. Pets have a faster metabolism and the chemicals can cause detrimental harm to them.
Different Kinds of Air Fresheners
The major types of air fresheners include:
Room sprays: Air fresheners mostly come in spray form. These are often aerosol or pump sprays which are made to cover up odors or simply sanitize the room.
Diffusers: These are fresheners that are set to disperse and release fragrance in the air and they are said to be either passive or active. The active diffusers use certain sources of energy (either battery of electric power) so that the scent can be activated. The passive diffusers, on the other hand, need no energy and will disperse the fragrance from a substrate. Examples of the passive diffusers are the reed diffuser, gel diffuser, and the adjustable solid diffusers.
Other specific types of air fresheners include the incense, potpourri, sachets, fragrance oils and fragrance oil burning lamp just to mention a few.
Alternatives to Air Freshener
Rather than masking odors and disabling your sense of smell altogether, you can make far healthier choices that are free of chemicals such phthalates and VOCs. Opening windows is an important part of maintaining indoor air quality as it can help eliminate unpleasant odors. On a day with a slight breeze and good air quality, open windows on all sides of your house to get air moving in a cross breeze. Baking soda, white vinegar, and natural absorbents such as zeolite and activated charcoal effective in removing odors when placed in a stinky area. You can as well create your own potpourri using flowers, spices, and bulk herbs.
If you keep your house clean, you will help keep away odors. Always remember, you are what you breath
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