One product I have an immediate reaction to every single time I come near it is Febreeze. I immediately get a tightness in my airway and itchy watery eyes. This summer, we were at an Airbnb that had covered every surface with it and I was getting nosebleeds and coughing all week. It's craziness. So I set out to find out -- WHAT is IN that stuff???
The first thing I learned is - Guess what? The Febreeze chemical DOES NOT EVEN REMOVE OR CLEAN the "odor molecules" it comes into contact with! The odor molecules are still there but your nose can’t perceive them because you smell the chemical product instead.
That alone is a red flag. We know inhalation of any chemicals is dangerous, and several of its ingredients listed below are known to irritate the lungs...but this is a chemical whose entire purpose is to be inhaled...
P&G only disclosed 3 ingredients in Febreeze:
1. BHT - Known as a neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin eye and lung irritator
2. Acetaldehyde - Known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator
3. “Fragrance" - neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergen. There are thousands of chemicals that hide behind this term. If you see it in any label put it back on the shelf!!
To top it all off, EWG's tests revealed 87 undisclosed chemicals...another red flag for your health.
I can't even, you guys.
It costs about $2 to make a cleaner alternative that can do more than just add scent to the air. Essential oils are non-synthetic and have therapeutic value and can actually clean the air. Citrus Fresh and Lemon from your starter kit work great for this, and Purification is another amazing blend. Check out this easy recipe that takes 1 minute to put together.
You can make small steps to have a big impact on your health.
I'm Lisa Yau