- Toluene - neurological damage, impaired breathing, hearing loss, nausea, developmental impairment, reproductive damage, immune system toxicity and blood cancers
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - endocrine disruptor and mimics hormone estrogen in the body, causes organ damage (liver), reproduction and developmental problems
- Formaldehyde - considered a carcinogen (throat, nose, blood) by the National Cancer Institute; chronic health issues like asthma, convulsions, nausea, miscarriages, and abnormal fetal development. Banned 100% in Japan and Sweden
- Formaldehyde Resin - can cause severe skin irritation, allergic reactions, skin depigmentation and loss of nerve sensation
- Camphor - shown to trigger severe skin irritation and allergic reactions when applied topically, inhaling its fumes can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches, organ damage....such as liver dysfunction
- nails are dipped into the powder
- powder is brush applied
- Carpet chemicals
- Detergents/Dryer Sheets/Cleaning Products
- Hair/Personal Care Products
- New Cars/Furniture/Clothes
- Air Fresheners
More than 90 percent of the world’s population lives in a place where the outdoor air quality is harmful to human health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This is a pretty astonishing statement in itself. Yet, The World Health Organization states the inside air quality of our homes and businesses is even 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe.
During the 1990s, air fresheners became extremely popular with the hassle-free and affordable “plug-ins”. How convenient to just allow the scented gels to release their fragrance throughout the day....no longer needing to grab that aerosol spray “as the need arose”. They seemed to be the perfect alternative to the aerosol sprays that were damaging the ozone layer.
With these “convenient” plug-in air fresheners, however, come an astonishing number of toxic compounds. These contribute to that poor inside air quality and second-hand smoke effect.
Besides the fragrance with its unknown hundreds of toxic ingredients, plug-ins and other air fresheners have also been found to contain phthalates, naphthalene and .... are you ready for this......formaldehyde!!
These are known carcinogens and hormone-disruptors that can affect our reproductive and respiratory systems. Besides birth defects they can also contribute to asthma, frequent nosebleeds and allergic symptoms.
As if all of this was not enough, plug-in air fresheners also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)…...of which formaldehyde is one of the worst. VOCs are known irritants of eyes, nose and throat, can damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system, as well as, cause headaches, fatigue, and dizziness.
Don’t you just love the ambiance of lighted candles in a room? They can certainly set the mood.
Unfortunately, those very same candles pose a threat to our air quality.
> Most are made from paraffin, which is a petroleum waste.
> Burning candles create soot. Soot contains tiny particulate matter that can be inhaled and is an irritant.
> There are toxins in the synthetic fragrance!
Children and Animals:
On an average it takes only 2 seconds for a smell to reach the brain.
Children and pets breathe the same air we do, however, keep in mind their bodies are smaller and their metabolisms are different. If we are breathing in toxins .... so are they. In actuality, the FDA has zero safety protocols for children’s products.
“According to the World Health Organization, half of deaths among children under 5 years old related to lower respiratory infections can be directly linked to 'particulate matter' present in indoor air pollution".
For those who have pets (or other sources of household odor), the use of air fresheners may feel essential— but this doesn’t mean your only option is to purchase the toxic varieties.
You do have freedom to choose which means you can have freedom from toxins. If weather permits, open windows and bring in the fresh air.
Another option is using an essential oil diffuser. We like this one. Your house will smell great but without all those toxins.
Have you had an experience with air fresheners or scented candles? I would love to hear it!
Love this info? You'll LOVE my guide to removing triggers! Check it out here.
Figuring out what triggers our symptoms is key to getting on the road to wellness.
It’s true we live in a toxic world, and we may not be able to control everything around us. There is one area, however, we can control and that is what we choose to bring into our homes.
One thing is for sure, we do have freedom to choose which means we can have freedom from toxins.
There are many common triggers that contribute to autoimmune disorders. Let’s consider just one of them.......
Fragrances and Perfumes:
No doubt most of us have seen the reports about the dangers of second-hand (cigarette) smoke. In the past few years a new “second-hand smoke” has jumped to the forefront .... synthetic/artificial fragrance.
Fragrances and Perfumes can be found in almost every product from makeup to toilet paper. Because of this most people may not be aware of the dangers of synthetic scents found in every day products such as air fresheners/plug-ins, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, sun-screen, scented candles, detergents and dryer sheets. Did you know the average American woman uses 12-16 beauty and cosmetic products a day .... many containing fragrances?
Why are synthetic scents being called the new “second-hand smoke”? State, federal and global authorities do not regulate ingredients in fragrances. This means the word “fragrance” or “” on a label could actually contain anywhere from 50-300 chemicals.
About 90% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil). These include things like benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, and allergic reactions.
1. Respiratory Issues
2. Cancer Causing
3. Reproductive Toxicity
5. Liver & Kidney Damage
6. Skin Issues
These are just a short list of the dangers of using synthetic fragrances in your home. Synthetic fragrances was one of the first triggers I was able to identify that was contributing to my autoimmunity.
If you suffer from any of these, I encourage you to remove the “fake” stuff for one month and open your windows if you can. Just see what a difference it can make in how you feel.
Better yet.... if you’re like me, you want your home to smell great AND be a safe environment for your family and pets (they inhale what we inhale), using essential oils and a diffuser is the perfect alternative!