Many of us grew up using air freshener sprays, gels, and plug-ins in our homes. What we didn’t know then (but are learning now) is that many air fresheners use carcinogens, chemicals that can aggravate asthma, and affect reproductive development.
Independent lab testing of spray, gel, and plug-in air fresheners confirmed the presence of phthalates (hormone-disrupting chemicals that could be a health risk to babies and young children) in 85% of products tested—including those marked “all natural.” None of the products had these chemicals listed on their labels. (source)
“But wait!” you might say. “The ingredient list on my air freshener bottle says, ‘Contains water, alcohol, odor eliminator derived from corn, fragrance.’ Why aren’t all those chemicals listed?”
For one single reason–they don’t have to be.
Under the U.S. Federal Hazardous Substances Act, manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients of household cleaners. This is ostensibly to protect their formulations from competitors—which is odd, because bread has all the ingredients listed and there’s no lack of competition in the bread aisle.
Pure, high-quality essential oils contain no fillers, artificial ingredients, pesticides, or other contaminants. That’s why they are my choice for freshening the air and providing other health benefits. We have a diffuser in nearly every room of our home!