Better fresheners

August 24, 2011

Breathe easier without air fresheners

Most people like the smell of air fresheners, be they lemon, pine or something more exotic.  But many common air fresheners are also sources of airborne chemicals with potentially harmful side effects – things like phthalates and VOCs.  People with chemical sensitivities are particularly susceptible to artificial scents.  Additionally, plug-in fresheners use a steady trickle of electricity, and sprays result in empty spray cans that must be disposed of (or hopefully recycled).

There are better ways to freshen air:

  • Open windows to let fresh air in
  • Clean up the source of the odour with non-toxic cleaners
  • Eliminate the source of the odour (IE empty the trash more frequently)
  • Use baking soda or potpourri
  • Choose air fresheners that are specifically labelled as organic

When you step back and think about it, spraying chemicals into the air we breathe just to mask odours (which may be unpleasant but are usually natural and therefore harmless) just seems like a bad idea.

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One Response to “Better fresheners”

  1. Caroline said

    Great post!

    Also, you can use natural scents like fresh lavender or sprigs of spruce!

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