Why Air Fresheners Stink

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Air fresheners are marketed with the promise of clean, healthy air. This is so far from the truth it almost could be a crime.
Air Date: 6/11/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Ron and Lisa Beres, Certified Green Building Professionals
Ron and Lisa Beres are Certified Green Building Professionals, Building Biologists and published authors of several books including, Just GREEN It! and the children's book, My Body My House. In addition to testing the health of homes, their consulting business includes celebrities and Fortune 500's. They are award winning television media experts and have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, The Suzanne Show, The Doctors, Fox & Friends, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams, Discovery's Greenovate and Chelsea Lately on E!
  • Book Title: Just GREEN It! Simple Swaps to Save the Planet + Your Health
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Why Air Fresheners Stink
Air fresheners have been a staple in homes and offices because they are marketed with the promise of creating clean, healthy indoor air.

This is so far from the truth that it almost could be a crime.

In fact, air fresheners are extremely toxic and contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, hormonal problems, respiratory problems, asthma and more.

What are these chemicals? Phthalates are big offenders, as is formaldehyde.

Unfortunately, identifying these harmful ingredients is not so easy.

Recent studies have discovered dozens of different dangerous chemicals in various brands of air fresheners, including chemicals that have been regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal law. However, these ingredients are typically not even listed on the label.

One particular study, called the "Children of the 90s" study, found that in homes where air fresheners were used every day, a third more babies suffered diarrhea and earaches and the moms suffered higher rates of depression and headaches.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?

First, start by eliminating all synthetic and inorganic air fresheners from your home or other environments where you spend time.

Second, enlist in the help of plants! Spider plants, English ivy and rubber plants are all excellent at removing toxic chemicals from your home.

Finally, make your own natural air fresheners with water and your favorite essential oil.

Want some more tips? Tune in to return guests, Ron and Lisa Beres, who are Certified Green Building Professionals. They join Andrea and Lisa to give you the lowdown on traditional air fresheners and why you should just say no to "Scented Bouquet."