No one likes to walk into a stinky room. Bad odors are gross, which is why an entire industry of air fresheners with aromatic scents is available. But did you know that most conventional air freshener products, including plug-ins, use a whole host of unsafe chemicals to block smells?
This means that the sprays and products marketed as air “fresheners” are actually polluting your air. If you truly want fresh air, we’re all for opening the windows and ventilating.
Here’s what you need to know:
Conventional air fresheners—spray or solid—are a top source of airborne toxins. They don't actually remove odors, but cover them up with stronger, long-lasting synthetic scents often released from so-called “plug-ins.” To work, they fill the air with hazardous chemicals including phthalates, terpenes, acetone, propane, and petroleum distillates.
Safer approaches include: