Chemicals in Air Fresheners could cause health problems

Wow. The more I look at this issue, the scarier it becomes! Most of the commercially available deodorizers and air fresheners are loaded with some seriously toxic ingredients! Scientific research has determined that instead of cleaning the air we breathe indoors, “air freshener(s) may have actually exacerbated indoor air pollution via addition of toxic chemicals to the atmosphere.

As a coach and athlete, AND someone who has asthma, this gives me great concern! The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did a deep-dive into many of these air fresheners and produced a report entitled, “Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners.” In it they state, “Eighty-six percent (12 of 14) of the products tested had detectable levels of phthalates, including an “all-natural” product and an “unscented” air sanitizer.” Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) - often called plasticizers - are chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. The phthalates in most commercial air fresheners and deodorizers are used as dissolving agent solvents. Phthalates are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes). Commercial air fresheners and deodorants containing phthalates also often contain many other hazardous chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, toxic propellants and/or solvents, benzenes, and synthetic musks, among others. Many of these chemicals when atomized (sprayed as a fine mist) can be easily inhaled, land on the skin, or otherwise ingested and absorbed. Studies have shown long term exposure to these chemicals can cause damage to the lungs, liver, kidneys, and central nervous system and may alter the body’s hormones (hormone disruption effect), which may increase the risk of some cancers and the risk of reproductive problems.

Why chance this when there’s a much cleaner, healthier and easier alternative? To-Refresh uses only real all-natural essential oils to kill bacteria-causing odors. It’s bright, citrusy smell is wonderfully invigorating! While To-Refresh is intended for use as a deodorizer, by virtue of its real essential oils (as opposed to chemically derived essential oils, which basically mimic the smell, but do not necessarily contain the plant oils Mother Nature intended), you may notice some aromatherapy benefits as well!