Living a sustainable lifestyle includes knowing all the terms, concepts, and definitions that are part of this life. One of them is chemical spray products, more specifically air fresheners. Over the years of practice of sustainability, there’s a lot that has been said about chemicals air fresheners, and mainly these are negative stuff. It makes complete sense when you start to research.
In this blog post, we are addressing this subject and the dangers of using them.
What are air fresheners?
First and foremost, let’s talk about what air fresheners are. Poison Control defines air fresheners as a product that’s “sprayed into the air and create a fine mist of fragrance that lingers.”
Several years ago, its use became a concern for environmentalist, so manufacturers decided to respond by creating another formula that has “scented oils, reed diffusers, solids, and gels.” Other air fresheners contain essential oils and fragrances. Furthermore, air fresheners can come in different presentations such as spray or plug-in. Overall, pesticides come in with different names, scents and, purposes depending on the brand that had created them. For now, let’s focus on spray air fresheners.
What are spray air fresheners?
Usually, the fragrances the spray products have been chemically built. What does it mean? It means they’re not entirely natural. Sometimes these fragrances might be dissolved into components like isopropyl alcohol since the alcohol carries the aroma when the air freshener product has evaporated. Moreover, these air fresheners might contain ethanol an ingredient that kills bacteria or mold, and that’s the reason why is used in disinfectants.
I guess by now you might notice how problematic this product can be when we’re exposed to it.
Dangers of using air fresheners.
As mentioned above, the most common components for creating air fresheners are chemicals. The constant exposure to one of these products causes personal health problems and dangers to the environment. Let’s examine each one of these dangers.
Personal health: according to Organics Consumer Association, “Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus.” Furthermore, “Fragrances” may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.” Poison Control claims that “getting air freshener on the skin can cause some irritation and redness. Typically, the discomfort goes away after washing the area well. Fragrances are known to cause allergic-type skin reactions, so a rash is also possible.”
Environment: Poison Control affirms that “that these products increase indoor air pollution and pose a health risk, especially with long-term exposure. Air fresheners release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air.”
A recommendation? Use natural air fresheners.
Try bamboo charcoal air fresheners! More specifically, try our Citizen of Serenity Bamboo Charcoal Absorber. This product is 100% eco-friendly, completely reusable and it will make your house smell great.
Don’t you want to start a sustainable and green lifestyle right away? Then you should take the step of forgetting about chemical products that endanger the environment and your health.