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Have you ever thought about what's in those air fresheners in stores? It's a question that crossed my mind when I first moved into my own place. I wanted to create a welcoming atmosphere, but as I sprayed a store-bought air freshener, I couldn't help but wonder: What exactly am I filling my space with? Is it safe for me and my family? The more I delved into the ingredients list, the more uncertain I became.
It was filled with unfamiliar chemical names that left me questioning why I was using something I didn't fully understand. In 2024, as we strive for healthier living and cleaner indoor environments, it's time to explore a 'Clean Swap.' Let’s explore healthier, natural alternatives to these traditional air fresheners.
Air fresheners have become popular as a quick fix to eliminate unpleasant odors. However, beneath their scents lie a range of concerns that could impact your health and well-being.
Many conventional air fresheners contain chemicals that have raised red flags for people. Some of these chemicals have been associated with serious health issues, lets quickly review them:
Synthetic fragrances are essentially man-made scents that are created in a lab rather than being derived from natural sources. These lab-made fragrances are designed to mimic the smells of various things like flowers, fruits, or even laundry detergent.
They're commonly used in products like air fresheners, perfumes, and household cleaners to make them smell nice. The thing is, these synthetic fragrances can contain a mix of chemicals, and not all of them are great for our health or the environment.
Phthalates are chemicals that are often used to make plastics more flexible and resilient. They can also be found in a variety of everyday products, like cosmetics, fragrances, and even some food packaging.
They're like the glue that helps scents stick around. However, some people have concerns about them because in high amounts, they can potentially be harmful.
This concern arises from the fact that phthalates are endocrine disruptors, potentially interfering with the body's hormone regulation system.
One of the most alarming aspects of phthalates is their ability to act as endocrine disruptors. The endocrine system regulates crucial functions in our bodies, including mood, growth, development, and organ function.
When phthalates are introduced, they can interfere with the production, release, transport, metabolism, and excretion of hormones within this system.
The consequences of endocrine disruption are far-reaching and concerning. Phthalates have been linked to various health issues, including:
When you're trying to figure out if a product is non-toxic, it can sometimes be a bit tricky. You might look at it and think, "How do I know it's clean and safe?" The challenge is that not all products share their ingredients openly, which can make it hard to determine what's in them.
Unlike simple products you find on store shelves, non-toxic companies typically share every ingredient that goes into their product because they believe in full ingredient transparency and consumer's awareness to what they're using.
So, when it comes to finding safe air fresheners, it's all about reading the labels and doing a little detective work:
Plant-based air fresheners feel better in comparison. Made with natural ingredients from the earth, they offer a great smell without toxic chemicals. Grow Fragrance is a great and easy place to start. They have a wide range of scents that have multiple 5-star reviews, here are the best-selling ones people rave about:
A mild and gentle blend of vanilla, shea butter, and teakwood, perfect for those who prefer a subtle yet inviting fragrance.
"I am life long customer! With my asthma and allergies, I never have to worry with Grow room sprays. Thank you!!" - P.M.
A serene forest into your home with an earthy blend of sage and eucalyptus.
"I agree with other reviewers, this should be available year round. I love how it’s a little woodsy, fresh, with the slightest hint of floral. It’s so hard to really describe how amazing it smells, but it’s legit perfect." - B.V.
A classic and calming scent that soothes the senses with the natural aroma of lavender fields.
"I was super excited to try a new room spray that wasn't so overwhelming and toxic. Grow is definitely not any of those things! The smell is just enough and it lasts longer than expected. I sprayed a room and I could still smell the lavender 4 days later!" - Randine
Making the switch to natural air fresheners is easy. Start by replacing one or two of your traditional products with plant-based alternatives and notice the difference. It's a change you'll be raving about.
Fast forward to today, and I couldn't be happier with the decision to make a 'Clean Swap' in my home. Now, I feel better about using air fresheners in my new home and spray them literally everywhere.
Me after switching to natural plant-based fragrances
Whether it's on my dog's bed, my own bed, or the couch before and after I have friends over, the versatility of non-toxic air fresheners has become a game-changer.
Plus, I can pick and choose different scents to set the perfect vibe for any occasion. It's safe to say that this swap has been the best decision yet – making my home fresher, healthier, and more inviting.
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