Thursday, December 1, 2011

How "FRESH" is your "AIR FRESHENER?"

As I sit watching my daughter at her gymnastics class I hear a semi loud "SHHHHH" sound out of nowhere. I look around and cannot place where the sound is coming from but within seconds I smell flowers or what appears to be "flowers". Hmm? I begin to look around and notice a box on the wall in the waiting room.  A few minute later, I hear the noise again and realize this "box" is shooting out a chemical fragrance. I was disturbed to say the least.

I decided to do some research on Air Fresheners and this is what I found:

I began with "Airwick Automatic Spray Deodorizers" since that is what was at Calei's gym.  I found these "indoor chemical sprays" to be exceptionally toxic beyond words.

The aerosol is propelled by butane propane (a neurotoxicant) and other toxic chemicals.

They contain acetone which causes a laundry list of health issues (cardiovascular, blood, gastrointestinal, liver, kidney, respiratory, skin and organ toxicity) NOT good for a gym! (or anywhere else for that matter)
Specifically, they contribute to asthma, headaches, and nausea. 

I invited a friend to this gym for "open gym" and within minutes her son had a asthma attack. Not a coincidence! How many other kids/adults are effected by these sprays? PLENTY!

A MSN article states, "being exposed to these 1x a week can increase asthma symptoms by 71% and increase pulmonary diseases".

In September 2007, Time Magazine pointed out, "the phylates in these fresheners and the many negative health effects such as cancer, infertility and developmental issues that result from these chemicals".

Please also note, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has NO regulations on the use of phthlates! None!

If you would like to see some of the research I have found, please check out the following links:

I hope with this new information, the gym Calei attend will pull these toxic chemicals for good!

100% Essential oils are a GREAT alternative and what we use in our home.

As always, be informed: REMEMBER TO READ LABELS/INGREDIENTS! Always!

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!

Jeni Clark~

1 comment:

Edie said...

oh, I so despise these automatic dispensers! I get such headaches, and it doesn't even smell good to me fake and chemically! And who needs that much "smell" (good or bad) dispensed all day long anyway???

Thanks for sharing, let us know if the gym takes it down!