Do you use air freshner in your office? living room? bedroom? toilet? car?
A report from the Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) organization titled "Foul-smelling whiff from air fresheners!" alerted that air fresheners do not "purify" the ambient air, but on the contrary pollute it by releasing well-known toxic substances.
The European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC) and 5 of its member organisations had tested on 76 air fresheners products, and found out many contain:
- Formaldehyde and benzene - which could cause cancer in humans
- Acetaldehyde or styrene - that irritates the respiratory tract, allergens and potential carcinogens
- Toluene, chlorbenzene, glycol ethers, phthalates and artificial musk - all known to be dangerous to health
These products represent a real risk to health not only of allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pregnant or nursing women and children, but also to anyone using them continuously.
As a result, it is advisable not to use air fresheners to avoid exposure to those toxic substances. Perhaps air ionizer is a better alternative.