Healthy Freshness for Your Home—What’s the Verdict on Air Fresheners?

Unpleasant home odors can have many sources. There are pet odors, cooking smells and stinky laundry. Smoking odors linger, as do chemical smells from paints and stains. The origins of some smells might even be unidentified.

In some circumstances, a thorough cleaning might address some of these unpleasant odors. But more often than not, Americans turn to commercial air fresheners for relief. How effective are these products? More importantly, what’s in them?

The fact is, spray air fresheners do not clean air and do not remove odors from the air. They don’t actually clean fabrics, carpets or other items they come in contact with. What they do is fool the senses—your nose no longer smells the odor, it smells the spray’s chemicals. Air fresheners in all forms are made of complex chemical-based scents intended to be inhaled.

What chemicals are commonly found in air fresheners? Are they safe for people and pets? The Environmental Working Group has researched popular air freshening products and their ingredients and reports that many contain chemicals classified as neurotoxins, irritants or allergens.

Their website also ranks air fresheners by potential hazard—including thoroughness of ingredient disclosure and concern levels for potential cancer-causing ingredients and allergens. So what can you do to remove odors safely and for good? Try natural solutions like baking soda, houseplants, and air purifiers. For large-scale or serious smell issues, it might be time to consult with a professional. Break the Mold provides safe, affordable treatments and solutions. If you’re relying on chemical-based floral sprays to improve the environment in your home, make the call to Break the Mold.

Check out our website for additional details on our odor elimination solutions and find out what you can expect from treatment