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The danger of air fresheners

  1. Air fresheners are becoming increasingly popular. Not only companies spray chemical smells within their walls, but consumers also have their homes supplied with all kinds of synthetic fragrances. You can even put a chemical fragrance diffuser in a vacuum cleaner. The scents may smell nice, although that is linked to taste preferences, but the scents themselves are made up of toxic components. Air fresheners have the wrong name; they are in fact air pollutants.

Contents:

  1. Synthetic fragrances What's in air fresheners? Formaldehyde Benzene Styrene Toluene Bad for the central nervous system Air fresheners during pregnancy Air fresheners and asthma Natural Ways for Fresh Air

Synthetic fragrances

  1. Fragrances are distributed throughout the house by means of a pump, an electric atomizer or other device. We are bombarded by advertising with the idea that your home must be a source of perfume if you want to be a clean person. Everyone can provide their own home with synthetic fragrance preparations, but that is at a high price. Air fresheners without exception contain heavy components that cause serious damage to humans, animals and plants.

What's in Air Fresheners?

  1. Air fresheners are not that fresh. They consist of all kinds of synthetic substances. What's in it?

Formaldehyde

  1. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen or a carcinogenic substance. It is used as a preservative in cosmetic substances, as well as in air fresheners. Formaldehyde is also an agent that is used for cleaning objects with moss. Formadehyde can irritate the eyes and nose and can lead to occupational asthma for employees who often work with it. Undoubtedly, in the future people with air freshener asthma will go to the doctor coughing.

Benzene

  1. Benzene is a carcinogenic substance. The University of Maastricht showed that high doses of benzene lead to chromosal abnormalities and damage to bone marrow cells. In addition, this substance damages the reproductive mechanism of humans. The most common cancer associated with benzene is leukemia.

Styrene

  1. An abundance of styrene leads to headaches, fatigue, dizziness, irritability and concentration problems. In addition, it is a carcinogenic substance. Styrene that comes in through breathing accumulates in the kidneys, liver, brain and adipose tissue. Styrene is also harmful to the nervous system.

Toluene

  1. Inhalation of toluene can cause nausea, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and loss of consciousness and many more disorders. The substance accumulates in the body and is particularly toxic to the liver and kidneys. The English Wikipedia says that tolulene should never be inhaled; something we do every day and from hour to hour when we put an electric air freshener in the house.

Bad for the central nervous system

  1. A 2005 study commissioned by the European Consumer Organization among 74 types of air fresheners showed that this way of providing the home with odors is a dangerous activity. In their conclusion, the researchers stated that mainly the toxins that act on the Central Nervous System are alarmingly high. Furthermore, this research saw that there is a concentration of toxins in every home that comes from all kinds of industrial products. The volatile substances from air fresheners enter into a chemical reaction to create even more toxins in a house.

Air fresheners during pregnancy

  1. An English study of 10,000 women found that air fresheners can cause illness in mother and child. A study of 170 households in England found that homes where air fresheners were applied during a child's pregnancy and early childhood increased the risk of diarrhea and earaches in children and headaches in the mother. In addition, mothers who used air fresheners were more likely to be depressed. The researchers concluded that a pregnant woman and her child are extra sensitive to air fresheners because they spend most of the time in the house.

Air fresheners and asthma

  1. People with respiratory diseases such as COPD should stay away from air fresheners; they are a higher risk group. In a study conducted in 1988 and 1994, it was shown that dichlorobenzene contained in air fresheners can lead to decreased lung function. Children who live in a home with air fresheners in their youth are more likely to develop asthma.

Natural ways for fresh air

  1. There are ways to keep the house smelling fresh without using an air freshener. You can put a trash can outside, especially in the summer. You can also open a window. An open window provides fresh air from the outside; that is, in fact, the best way to get fresh air. You should never smoke indoors; this leads to an unpleasant smell in the house, even if you have not smoked for a day. Sometimes the cause of bad home air is clogged sewers or overflowing ashtrays. In those cases, it is better to deal with the causes of unpleasant smells rather than masking the skies with dangerous chemicals. In addition, it is possible that new carpeting, paintwork and wallpaper can lead to strange skies that you tend to mask. For this, you have to open all windows and doors wide, preferably all day long. Then the sky will clear up a lot in the house.

Tips for naturally refreshing the house:

  1. Lilies in houses fill the room with a pleasant floral air. Indoor plants such as hedera, chlorophyte and arum can remove unpleasant odors. Open the window.



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