Sure They Smell Great, But What Are They Doing to Your Body?
The accidental poisoning that’s happening to your family
You would think the common cleaning and freshening products for your residence would be under intense scrutiny in order to have made it into your home; well this is not the case. The cleaning industry regulates itself which essentially means it has no regulation. Any product labeled a “fragrance” does not have to list its ingredients so any seducing product can be put on the shelves without being exactly clear what it contains. With this being said, it may be no surprise then that there are harmful chemicals in almost every one of the air fresheners out on the market today. Promag Energy Group wants to help inform you of some of the dangers you and your family may be facing with these fragrance chemicals.
Most Air Fresheners Don’t Freshen Air
Typically air fresheners just mask underlying smells very few actually break down the substance causing the odor, and eliminate it. Air fresheners just cover up the scent by numbing the smelling sensors in your nose or they simply coat your nose with the product’s scent, covering the unpleasant smell with the smell of the product. The list of products that actually remove the smell by breaking it down is so short it could probably be counted on one hand. Deodorizers are really the only good kind of air freshener because it actually takes care of the underlying problem. However, there are only a couple of actual odor eliminators that contain non-toxic chemicals on the market.
Side Effects Include:
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) most store bought air fresheners contain formaldehyde, petrochemicals, dichlorobenzene, phthalates and aerosol pollutants. The effects of breathing in these chemicals can cause:
- Irritated eyes, nose and throat
- Respiratory distress
- Lung irritation
Alternatives to Air Fresheners
You have many other options available to freshen up your home with out plug-ins or canned air fresheners. Things like airing out your home after cleaning and removing unpleasant smells with baking soda or white vinegar are some safe alternatives. Also soy candles are all-natural and they come in every scent imaginable! Make the switch today for a healthier home.