We thought this was already regulated, but we learned this week that air fresheners are not particularly well regulated. According to a recent article in SFGate, common household air fresheners may contain harmful chemicals linked to breathing difficulties, developmental problems in babies and cancer in laboratory animals.
Environmental groups are asking, among other things, for truth in advertising labels to be added that list all ingredients contained in air fresheners. Curious about what some of those chemicals might be?
According to this article, air fresheners can contain benzene, formaldehyde, and phthalates. This is what we use to better the quality of air in our homes? Most surprising on the list are the group of chemicals known as phthalates, which are restriced under San Francisco law in toys and child care products for children under the age of 3. Phthalates were found even in air fresheners marketed as 'natural'.
Luckily, a few natural solutions are offered, including grinding up lemons in the sink disposal and misting with solutions made of water and lemons or lavender. We just unplugged our Glade scented oil, and now are going to start looking for a safer solution. Did you check out the list, and have you been using any of the items listed as containing phthalates?