Air fresheners act in one or more of the following ways:
- The chemicals deaden your nerves and thereby kill your ability to smell
- An oily film is released which coats your nasal passages
- They mask one smell by emitting another smell
- They break down the offensive odor (although this is rare)
Not much there that actually “freshens” the air now, is there? The EPA has done testing of the plug-in types and found that the chemicals they contain react with indoor air pollutants to produce even more toxic substances.
How then, can you really freshen the air in your home?
Here’s some healthy ideas:
- Don’t allow any standing water to remain – such as in a bathtub. Mold & mildew contribute greatly to indoor odors
- Keep things clean – often we use air fresheners to mask what we didn’t clean so well
- Don’t allow them in in the first place
- Identify and remove sources of bad odors
- Use baking soda an borax to control odors in areas such as trash cans and to deodorize when you clean.
- Open windows to let bad air out and fresh air in.
- Consider an air purifier with an activated charcoal filter.