“Yeah, so?” says the young man.
“It stinks in here!” she squints. “You've got to wash this whole room”.
“Are you kidding?” the son says. “Wash it!?”
The mom says, “Let's wash it with Febreeze!”
(Bright, cheery music starts)
Mom and son blissfully squirt Febreeze all over his room, even taking a moment to breath deeply the wonderful, clean scent.
That is a commercial I see on T.V. almost every day. Marketing.
When you learn what Febreeze and other air cleaners are linked to, you will never use it again.
Back in 2007, there was a study done by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that evaluated 14 air fresheners and found phthalates in 12 of them, including those labeled as “all-natural.”
Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals and have been linked with childhood asthma.
And in 2009, a test by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) evaluated Febreeze to determine its safety as a school cleaning supply.
Results showed that the product (Hawaiian Aloha option) released 89 air contaminants, including one carcinogen.
We're talking chemicals that can cause some major health issues.
- Acetaldehyde: on California’s Prop 65 list for cancer and reproductive toxicity.
- Ethyl Acetate: a chemical toxic to the brain and nervous system.
- BHT: linked with neurotoxicity, hormone disruption, allergies, and irritation to the skin, eyes, or lungs.
- Propylene glycol: linked with allergies and skin and eye irritation.
- 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol: also used in flame retardants, resins, plastics, and rubber; has been linked with cancer in animal studies, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the label on Febreeze, the air freshener contains only an odor eliminator, water, fragrance, non-flammable natural propellant, and quality control ingredients.
Could they get any more vague?
Even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against the use of indoor air fresheners: “There are four basic ingredients in air fresheners: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dichlorobenzene, and aerosol propellants. Air fresheners are usually highly flammable and also strong irritants to the eyes, skin, and throat.”
Here are Seven Reasons Why You Should NEVER Use Febreeze or Any Other Air Freshener
- Febreze and other air fresheners don't remove the odor molecules—they simply cover them up.
The odor molecules are still there, you just can’t detect them anymore. So after spraying the product, you’re not only inhaling the odor molecules, but the air freshener chemicals as well.
- Febreze contains chemicals linked to cancer.
- Febreze contains chemicals linked to hormone disruption and developmental problems.
- Febreze contains chemicals linked to neurotoxicity, which means the chemicals are poisonous to the nerves or nerve cells.
- Febreze contains chemicals that irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
- Febreze contains chemicals linked to allergies and asthma.
- Febreze doesn’t disclose any of these potentially harmful ingredients, so if it weren’t for studies like these by the EWG and the NRDC, we would have no idea what we were sniffing.
As a work-from-home entrepreneur, this is an important topic to me.
My mom moved in with us in July, 2015 and is confined to a chair all day. When she was in bed, I would use Febreeze to “refresh” her chair. I basically thought I was “washing” it.
For months my mom was experiencing red, runny eyes and wheezing.
I thought I was doing everything I could.. I was putting moisturizing eye drops in her eyes several times a day, spraying her nose with saline, and kept an essential oil diffuser going all day long.
It was until I removed all the cleaning supplies I was buying (and trusted) from the supermarket (which includes using Febreeze), my mom's symptoms disappeared.
I'm still amazed that even though food labels are heavily regulated, household cleaning products aren't.
Companies can get around listing all the chemicals they use by including them in “fragrance” or “perfume” category.
But you CAN get around that…
- Use house plants to clean the air… Certain houseplants can help eliminate odors naturally and leave your air fresh and clean
- Use a diffuser and use essential oils. Lemon oil and eucalyptus are an excellent combination to neutralize odors and to fight germs!
- Replace your furnace air filter with HEPA filtration filters every 30 days.
- Purchase an air purifying machine. I got mine at WalMart that has a filter and I change it frequently.
- THROW AWAY all your cleaning products. There is a large percentage of chemicals floating in the air as a result of “outgassing”…. which means even though your products are sealed tight, they are still escaping into the air.
Go Green And Save
I'm sure you've heard that you can use baking soda and vinegar to absorb and remove odors.
Personally I can’t stand the smell of vinegar and quite honestly, I'm too lazy to make those DIY recipes… and I'm not gonna lie… I'm apprehensive using just vinegar and water to clean my toilets.
After doing much research, my eyes have been opened.
What I'm using now is not only better for us and the environment… it is better on our pocketbook.
I literally save 40-50% of what I'm spending at the local supermarket and I'm helping my family live a healthy life.
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“School Cleaner Test Results,” Environmental Working Group, November 3, 2009, http://www.ewg.org/research/greener-school-cleaning-supplies/school-cleaner-test-results.
“New Study: Common Air Fresheners Contain Chemicals That May Affect Human Reproductive Development,” NRDC, Press Release, September 19, 2007, http://www.nrdc.org/media/2007/070919.asp.
“Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) Phosphate,” Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency, July 2011, http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/hazard_ident/pdf_zip/TDCPP070811.pdf.