Febreze: A Breath of Fresh, or Not So Fresh Air


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Brands290-400x400-186586.jpgSince arriving at college I've become a Febreze addict.  If you ask my roommate about my love for air fresheners, she'll go off about her hatred for my Febreze rampages.  I constantly need a flow of fresh air in the room, but if the open window isn't doing the trick I go straight for the Febreze.  I have multiple scents and I go through them like they're nothing, but I've never really thought about whether they're safe or not.  I know plenty of people who hate air freshener's, but I also know people who love them.  This brought me to Google, and I was surprised to see that it's actually not a very good thing to use.  In an article from Sustainable Baby Steps, The Dangers of Febreze, they mention that Febreze only discloses 3 of the 87 found chemicals in their products.  Chemicals in general are not meant to be inhaled, yet they've created a product with 87!  People are also convinced (myself included) that Febreze is cleaning the air around us, but it's actually just masking the odor's.

It's also been a circulating question of whether Febreze is okay to use around animals.  Many people say their vet's have advised against having it in the household, but the ASPCA says that it's completely safe to use in the household.

There are plenty of opposing articles about Febreze.  Personally, I'm not sure I'm ready to kick the addiction while I'm suffering through dorm life.  But it's up to the rest of you to make your own choice!

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I have never done research about this topic, and I can tell you now that you should definitely kick the habit. Fresh air is the way to go! All those various Febreze scents you have are just chemicals made in test tubes in labs. Febreze, along with any other air freshener, is like you said: chemicals in a bottle that you are inhaling.

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently conducted a study on 14 air fresheners. They found that 12 of these air fresheners contain a chemical known to be harmful to human health. They also found that almost all air fresheners contain Phthalates, a chemical known to disrupt hormones and the reproductive system.

Natural News stated that the FDA or the EPA have never conducted tests for toxic chemicals in air fresheners. Although this article read a bit biased because it is obviously for the promotion of safety and against big regulators, I in fact agree with many of the points made. Air fresheners have scents, but so do perfumes, makeups, and numerous other beauty products. Many of these products contain ingredients that are also harmful to our health, but yet so many people are unaware of it. A lot of these products are cancerous, which is why they are tested on dogs in laboratories. But people do not take any caution when buying these products because they assume that if they are on the shelves, they must be OK to use. That brings up the question of whether regulators are doing their jobs such as the FDA. The FDA has approved all these products, knowing that they have so many harmful ingredients. It makes me wonder whether their intentions are truly the image they portray, or if they only care about money.

However, to your delight, “Febreze Air Effects” was tested and said to not contain Phthalates. BUT, this does not mean you should over use it; just because it does not contain one harmful chemical does not mean that the rest of the 86 ingredients are not harmful!
I was shocked to learn that, “The average American consumer uses close to 100 toxic chemicals before she even leaves the house in the morning.” 100 toxic chemicals? As big as this number is, I do not find it hard to believe. Everything we do or use has chemicals: toothpaste, makeup, hair products, perfume, deodorant, food, soap, shampoo, dish cleaning products, countertop products, mouthwash, ANYTHING! You would be surprised how much these products affect our bodies; we use them in everyday life, yet never think about the consequences.

I remember in class we talked about how product testing on animals has been debated. A lot of these products are tested on animals to see how they react. While I think it is ok to use some types of animals, I am highly opposed that they test these products on dogs among other animals that are so close to human kind. Rats and such….ehhh sorry I am not too fond of them. I think products should say on the labels how they were tested, on what species, and how they reacted. This might make people more aware of what they are buying! Just like cigarette warnings, WARNING: This mascara may cause cancer in the eye, as proven on dogs.

I have never done research about this topic, and I can tell you now that you should definitely kick the habit. Fresh air is the way to go! All those various Febreze scents you have are just chemicals made in test tubes in labs. Febreze, along with any other air freshener, is like you said: chemicals in a bottle that you are inhaling.

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently conducted a study on 14 air fresheners. They found that 12 of these air fresheners contain a chemical known to be harmful to human health. They also found that almost all air fresheners contain Phthalates, a chemical known to disrupt hormones and the reproductive system.

Natural News stated that the FDA or the EPA have never conducted tests for toxic chemicals in air fresheners. Although this article read a bit biased because it is obviously for the promotion of safety and against big regulators, I in fact agree with many of the points made. Air fresheners have scents, but so do perfumes, makeups, and numerous other beauty products. Many of these products contain ingredients that are also harmful to our health, but yet so many people are unaware of it. A lot of these products are cancerous, which is why they are tested on dogs in laboratories. But people do not take any caution when buying these products because they assume that if they are on the shelves, they must be OK to use. That brings up the question of whether regulators are doing their jobs such as the FDA. The FDA has approved all these products, knowing that they have so many harmful ingredients. It makes me wonder whether their intentions are truly the image they portray, or if they only care about money.

However, to your delight, “Febreze Air Effects” was tested and said to not contain Phthalates. BUT, this does not mean you should over use it; just because it does not contain one harmful chemical does not mean that the rest of the 86 ingredients are not harmful!
I was shocked to learn that, “The average American consumer uses close to 100 toxic chemicals before she even leaves the house in the morning.” 100 toxic chemicals? As big as this number is, I do not find it hard to believe. Everything we do or use has chemicals: toothpaste, makeup, hair products, perfume, deodorant, food, soap, shampoo, dish cleaning products, countertop products, mouthwash, ANYTHING! You would be surprised how much these products affect our bodies; we use them in everyday life, yet never think about the consequences.

I remember in class we talked about how product testing on animals has been debated. A lot of these products are tested on animals to see how they react. While I think it is ok to use some types of animals, I am highly opposed that they test these products on dogs among other animals that are so close to human kind. Rats and such….ehhh sorry I am not too fond of them. I think products should say on the labels how they were tested, on what species, and how they reacted. This might make people more aware of what they are buying! Just like cigarette warnings, WARNING: This mascara may cause cancer in the eye, as proven on dogs.

I never used air freshener until I came to college and I am hooked. I constantly spray fabreeze to get rid of my roommate's stench of choline (she's a swimmer). I never even considered that the pleasant smell was yet another health hazard. I found an article that says the chemicals in fabreeze are known to irritate the lungs. I never connected the pieces but there are times that spraying too much fabreeze causes me to cough or fight a headache. I always attributed this to the over powering smell of spraying too much but the chemicals seem to be the answer.
Although there is an abundance of evidence, I do not believe I can kick my fabreeze habit, at least while I'm living in the dorms!

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/febreze.html

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