It’s literally impossible to track down a full list of the 3000 different ingredients that make up the word “fragrance” on the back of your air freshener because companies are not required to release them.
There are eleven common ingredients from air fresheners and cigarettes. Seven of these chemicals cause cancer, 6 are toxic to your respiratory system, 2 are toxic to your reproductive system and 2 are toxic to your cardiovascular system.
In a study done by Environmental Working Group in a school in California, they found an air freshener that gave off 89 airborne contaminants including acetaldehyde, a chemical linked to cancer.
Here is a run down of some of the other ingredients we know are in these air fresheners:
BHT – A known neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, as well as a skin, eye, and lung irritant.
Acetaldehyde – Known as a carcinogen, toxic to reproductive health, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator
“Fragrance” – One of the three ingredients that is actually disclosed, it’s a neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergen. Fragrances can be comprised of any number of over 3,000 ingredients. Some have never been tested for safety.
Propylene Glycol – May cause cancer, allergies, toxic to immune system, builds up in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxin, is classified with “enhanced skin absorption” and I can irritate the skin, eye and lungs.
1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol – Carcinogenic (causes cancer)
Methyl pyrrolidone – Toxic to the reproductive system and development, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Alcohol denatured – Also one of few ingredients disclosed in the in Febreze: linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritatant.
Butylphenyl methylpropion al – allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Ethyl acetate – linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organic system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Geraniol – Linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritation
Benzaldehyde – neurotoxin, and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether – non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Ethylhezanol – developmental and reproductive toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritatant
Hexyl cinnamal – allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
What is the solution?
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