Natural Air Fresheners Ideas!
One reason to switch to Natural Air Fresheners!
I’ve always been a little leery of using synthetic air fresheners – that’s not to say I’ve never used them. I should have been wearing a gas mask every time I watched and wondered what was in the dispersed tiny droplets as they were sprayed out of the aerosol air freshener can and inhaled into my nostrils.
Commercial Air Freshners are made from a number of chemicals including:
· Formaldehyde (a carcinogen and sensitizer),
· Naphthalene (a suspected carcinogen),
· Xylene (a neurotoxin and possible reproductive toxin),
· Sodium Bisulfate,
· Glycol Ethers
· Butane gas (a neurotoxin),
· Cresol, Ethanol, Phenol
· Strong Synthetic Fragrances: are generally petroleum-based and can contain neurotoxin phthalates as well as suspected carcinogenic naphthalene and neurotoxin xylene.
Another reason to switch to Natural Air Fresheners!
An indepth look at the Chemicals in Household Cleaners.
· Commercial air fresheners are designed to mask smells and coat nasal passages to diminish the sense of smell.
· When you see the word ‘Fragrance’ on a label, it can indicate the likelihood of up to 4000 separate ingredients, most of which are synthetic chemicals. Most are human toxins and suspected or proven carcinogens. In a study I read, 2983 fragrance chemicals were tested and 884 of them were toxic substances and known to trigger asthma attacks. This also includes perfumes!
· Commercial Air Freshners are known to trigger asthma attacks or cause allergies, teary eyes and a stuffy nose.
Exposure to Fragrances can affect the central nervous system and may Cause:
· Inability to cope
· Behavioural changes
Yet another reason to switch to Natural Air Fresheners!
While at a Dollarama looking for some craft paper, I overheard an elder gentleman ask a sales clerk where the air fresheners were. She brought him over to the section right behind me and I heard her whisper to him, “Are you sure you like these?” He stood shocked that she would ask him this and said quite sternly, “I’ve been buying these for years.” The lady walked away.
I would like to bet that the clerk had an understanding of how potentially toxic the air fresheners sold at Dollarama could be but said nothing. I can’t really say much because I also had knowledge of the potential health hazards caused by the air freshener. This tells me that this awareness needs to be discussed more openly, products need to be questioned and consumers need to speak up. I promise if I if I could go back I would have informed the elder gentleman of the benefits of a Natural Air Freshener.
· The Environmental Protection Agency claims that indoor air is one of the top 5 environmental risks to human health and the levels of pollutants can be from two to five times higher inside then outdoors.
· On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors!
· In 1989, EPA determined that indoor air carries a higher risk for personal exposure to toxic chemicals than outdoor air because outside air is constantly circulating and indoor air isn’t.
·Have you ever heard of ‘Sick Building Syndrome?’ A set of symptoms (headache, fatigue, and eye irritation), typically affecting workers in modern airtight office buildings due to the high concentration of indoor pollutants, including formaldehyde fumes. I’m sure we have all experienced this at some point in time.
Here are links to reports on Air Pollution from:
How do we make Indoor Air Less Toxic?
Five Ways to make a Natural Air Freshener in your Home:
1. Common sense will immediately tell you that if there is an offending odor in your home you need to identify it, remove or dilute it. Take care of it right away instead of trying to cover it up with a commercial air freshener.
2. Fresh air is the best way to freshen air! (Forget air purifiers, they require energy to run and generally aren’t designed to remove gaseous pollutants.)
3. Change your furnace filter regularly.
4. Why not use essential oils to make your home smell fresh, change your mood, soothe your nerves and enhance your spirit?
· Use a cotton ball diffuser by soaking a cotton ball in your favorite essential oil and place in a bowl, out of reach of children.
· A couple of drops of essential oil on the cardboard tube of toilet paper for a burst of scent when you take paper off the roll.
Information on Essential Oils
Modern Betty Room & Linen Spray is a Natural Air Freshener that leaves a subtle fragrance in the air or on your pillow.
Modern Betty's Natural Air Fresheners
5. Decorate your home with Houseplants! They will suck up pollutants, humidify the air and improve your mood.
· Plants go through the process of photosynthesis and this means they continuously take carbon dioxide and other toxins out of the air and replenish the room with oxygen.
15-20 spider plants is an effective Natural Air Freshener because it will detoxify a home of less than 2000 square feet? Place your plants in your breathing zones, within 6-8 feet of where you spend most of your time, in the bedroom where you sleep or at work. Houseplants can remove up to 90% of indoor pollution within 2 days!
If you don’t want that many spiderplants throughout your home, here is a list of plants that will bring beauty and health into your home:
· Reduces mold and atmospheric vapours such as acetone and alcohol.
· Full sunlight and drench soil. Spraying leaves helps it grow.
· Acts as a humidifier
· Release water into the air in exchange for atmospheric pollutants.
· Bright, indirect sunlight. Feed weekly and keep soil barely moist. Mist with warm water.
· Most powerful air cleanser
· Microscopic openings in the leaves filter harmful substances, ex. Formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
· Light watering every two weeks.
· Increase your sleep by 10% by placing this plant in your bedroom.
· Most plants undergo photosynthesis during the day, but the Gerbera Daisy conducts the process at night.
· Bright light and moist soil.
· Greens your home by scrubbing the air.
· A Clean Air Machine!
· Indirect sunlight with moist soil.
· Offsets benzene from gas stoves, some paper products and office equipment.
· Will help you stay focused – benzene slows thinking process by disrupting the central nervous system.
· Easy care. Hang in a basket in bright indirect sunlight. Keep soil evenly moist.
· Leaves poisonous to pets.
Areca or Dwarf Date Palm
· A good remover of formaldehyde and xylene from the surrounding atmosphere.
· Easy care. Bright, indirect sunlight. Water regularly.
· A remover of formaldehyde, benzene and toxins from the surrounding atmosphere.
· Bright, indirect sunlight. Keep soil barely moist.
I hope you feel inspired and prepared to welcome these Natural Air Fresheners into your home and show Synthetic Chemical Air Fresheners to the proper disposal they deserve!