Natural Air Fresheners

Posted by Laura Paulisich on

“Many air fresheners contain nerve-deadening chemicals that coat your nasal passages and temporarily block your sense of smell” (National Geographic).

“Some of the most offensive ingredients—volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene and formaldehyde—can cause headaches and nausea and aggravate asthma, and have been linked to neurological damage and cancer. Perhaps even more worrisome, though, are dispersants known as phthalates that cause hormonal and reproductive issues, birth defects and developmental disorders. A 2007 review found that 12 out of 14 widely available air fresheners contained phthalates. Some of the air fresheners that tested positive for phthalates were labeled as ‘all-natural’ or ‘unscented.’” (Scientific American)

Phthalates, plasticizers that also have been related to obesity in humans, occur in many PVC items as well as in scented items such as air fresheners, laundry products, and personal care products.” -

Natural Air Fresheners: fresh air, plants, flowers, organic essential oils as room spray/diffusers/candles, incense, smudge sticks


loose incense: flower petals + wood powder + heat (always add 1/2’' sand or a rock to incense bowl to disperse heat; use metal tongs while lighting charcoal tablet)

infuser: reed sticks + light oil + essential oil (flip sticks for more scent; diffusers can legally replace candles in fire restricted offices/apartments/dorms; oils can stain & are flammable)

smudge sticks: find a high quality sage stick; open a window; light the end; let it burn for 20 seconds; gently blow out the flame so you can see orange embers on one end; sage can clear up to 94% of airborne bacteria

room spray: essential oil + distilled water (eucalyptus to refresh & kill bacteria & viruses)

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