How do air fresheners work? I found out that they just mask odours with perfume or by interfering with your ability to smell (they coat our nasal passages with an oil film or release a nerve deadening agent) according to Natural Life Magazine.
This online magazine also mentions that known toxic chemicals can be found in air fresheners, such as formaldehyde, camphor, ethanol, phenol, petroleum-based artificial fragrances and benzyl alcohol. These chemicals can cause symptoms like headaches, rashes, dizziness, migraines, asthma attacks, mental confusion, coughing and more. Some of the substances in air fresheners are also known carcinogens and others are hormone disruptors.
I prefer to try some homemade recipes for healthier and cheaper air fresheners!
Here is a super simple one:
- In a small container, mix one coffee spoon of bicarbonate of soda (also called baking soda) and a few drops of lemon juice! Leave it in the room.
- If you want to make a spray: add some essential oils and some warm water
Bicarbonate of soda is great: it cleans, deodorizes and lemon helps to remove house bacteria.