A plug-in air freshener contained more than 20 different volatile organic compounds, with more than one-third classified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws. Even air fresheners called “organic,” “green,” or with “essential oils” emitted hazardous chemicals, including carcinogens.
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE
AIR FRESHENERS VS STEAM
Never needs to be packaged or shipped
KILLS GERMS THAT CAUSE ORDER
Healthy for you and the planet
Must be packaged and shipped
Not always available
Unhealthy for both you and the planet
Air Fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by releasing nerve-deadening agents or coating nasal passages with an oil film, usually methoxychlor, which is a pesticide that accumulates in fat cells. Known toxic chemicals found in an air freshener are formaldehyde, a highly toxic, known carcinogen, and penol. When phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel and break out in hives.
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2007
The following smell test is proof positive of the POWER OF STEAM to eliminate, not mask, nasty odors.
Place a cloth into a stinky tennis shoe. Add steam via the steam nozzle for 20 – 30 seconds. Germs that caused the odor are dead. Shoes smell great.