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We put them in our cars, our offices, our homes, our garages and everywhere that odors may linger. We mist, we spray, we plug-in and we sprinkle toxic “smell good” chemicals without even knowing the health risks. Products that we think are making our air fresher are actually making it toxic.
These products claim to remove odor molecules but don’t do so; the molecules are still there, they are only masked by the smell of the chemical cocktail you have sprayed. What’s worse is that because your home is a closed environment, the chemicals linger for a very, very long time.
Here are 3 stinky secrets that indoor air fresheners are hiding, and why you should be aware:
Secret #1 Phthalates
The Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) is an international environmental organization that conducted a study called “Clearing the Air: Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners,” during which they discovered that 86 percent of indoor air fresheners contained highly dangerous phthalates.
These toxic chemicals are used as anti-foaming agents in aerosols, plastic softeners and are also found in the vinyl of children’s toys, paint, pesticides, cosmetics and perfume. They are used in air fresheners to make the fragrance last longer.
The NRDC reports that phthalates have been associated with reproductive problems and disruption of the male hormone testosterone. Both animal and human studies indicate that exposure to phthalates can decrease testosterone, reduce sperm count and can cause malformations of the genitalia. In addition, these toxins are also associated with allergic symptoms, asthma and childhood obesity.
See the Other Secrets Here: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/3-stinky-secrets-indoor-air-fresheners-hiding/