What are they?
Fresheners are used to disguise or remove unpleasant odors from
an area. They can take the form of sprays, diffusers, gels and solids.
- Phthalates have been linked to endocrine disruption
- Phthalates are industrial chemicals that can act as plasticizers,
which, when added to plastic, impart flexibility and resilience.
Many consumer products contain phthalates. Among these products
are vinyl flooring; adhesives; detergents; lubricating oils; solvents;
automotive plastics; plastic clothing, such as raincoats; and
personal-care products, such as soap, shampoo, deodorants, fragrances,
hair spray, nail polish; and some medical pharmaceuticals. Phthalates
are widely used in flexible polyvinyl chloride plastics, such
as plastic bags, garden hoses, inflatable recreational toys, blood-storage
bags, intravenous medical tubing, and children’s toys. Soil and
water contamination can be greatest in areas of industrial use
and waste disposal. (http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/pdf/thirdreport.pdf)
- Artificial fragrances may cause allergies and irritation to
skin and eyes.
Phthalates in the environment could have detrimental reproductive
effects on wildlife.
- Recommendations for use: Change the air in rooms that have an
odor problem by opening opposite windows for 10 minutes to promote
air flow, increasing the number of air changes (if you have a
sophisticated HVAC system), or running a venting fan (e.g. bathroom
fan) or A/C unit.
- Try these ‘natural’ de-odorizers:
- Unscented kitty litter placed in bowls to absorb room odors
- Partially filled dishes of white vinegar
- Sachets or dishes of activated charcoal
- Use an HEPA air purifier.
- If air fresheners are necessary, choose ones that do not contain
Phthalates. Be sensitive to persons with allergies.