The Truth about Air Fresheners

The Truth about Air Fresheners

January 21st, 2014   •   No Comments   

When you use a professional cleaning service and your office is being cleaned well and regularly, air fresheners are not a necessity as the space smells clean and fresh naturally. But some managers enjoy the light floral or citrus scent of air fresheners and will usually stock up on them for use in the kitchen or bathroom areas. While it seems harmless enough, recent studies have shown some disturbing results regarding air freshener use and your health. Find out the truth about air fresheners.

In a recent study by the National Resources Defense Council, an analysis of more than a dozen common household air fresheners found that most contain chemicals that may affect hormones and reproductive development in human beings. The vast majority of these air fresheners were found to contain carcinogenic air pollutants that can irritate the airways and lungs of those inhaling the toxic fumes.

Another study done by the University of Washington ran tests on six best-selling air fresheners to determine how many chemical compounds were emitted with average use, and the safety of those compounds. To their surprise, the majority emitted a potentially lethal toxic brew of chemicals such as acetone, limonene, chloromethane and acetaldehyde, all extremely flammable and volatile chemicals. In fact, the six combined emitted almost 100 volatile organic compounds, and none were listed on any of the product labels. They were determined to have emitted one or more carcinogenic hazardous air pollutants which the Environmental Protection Agency has deemed to have no safe exposure level.

This does not mean that you cannot enjoy fresh smelling air. There are low-VOC compliant air fresheners on the market. Look for ones that have the EAP approval on the label. This will protect your employees from potentially illness inducing chemical exposure, and protect the environment as well.

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