Air fresheners have been used since decades to mask the
unpleasant smell or for good fragrance during
events or functions. Traditionally, natural rose or lemon were used
as air fresheners and for function or events,
natural flowers were used. But now all-natural things are
replaced with hazardous chemicals which are
dangerous for your health.
The most common health hazards associated with air fresheners are:
- Migraine headache
- Asthma attacks
- Neurological problems
- Infant illness
Why air fresheners are dangerous?
They emit potentially hazardous air pollutants like:
- 1,4 dichlorobenzene
Why these hazardous chemicals are not mentioned on the packages?
- Air fresheners do not legally require to disclose all their ingredients.
- Manufacturer may just mention fragrance which
actually, may be a mixture of dozens or
even hundreds of artificial harmful chemicals!
What are healthier alternatives?
- First thing you need to do is – keep your workplace/ home clean.
particularly your pantry and kitchen.
- Ventilate your workplace/ house by keeping
your window and doors open when possible.
- Use dustbins with lids to prevent the smell from the dustbin.
- Last – if you want to use any air fresheners use pure organic essential
oil in a diffuser or simply you can use fresh flowers like rose,
mogra or jasmine. Just keep these flowers in your room and it will
not only give you good smell but it will also give you soothing effects.
Don’t be the victim of marketing gimmicks.
Air fresheners don’t remove bad odor;
they just mask it with better smell. But
more toxic artificial fragrance.
That’s all for today
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday tip.
Till then, take care.
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Homoeopathic physician