The irony of air fresheners…
The global market for air freshener products is expected to reach nearly £10 million by 2023. But the synthetic scents coming from your air fresheners could be harming your health…
Whilst the makeup of different brands and types of air fresheners will vary, you are likely to find chemicals such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and phthalates released when you use them.
Airtopia tests for these various volatile organic compounds when we visit your home to assess your overall indoor air quality, and we can tell you whether the levels are within normal ranges or not. Over exposure to VOCs can lead to eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, a general feeling of illness, and over time can damage the liver kidney and central nervous system, and cause respiratory and lung damage. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen; capable of causing cancer.
Air freshening products are typically used to mask unpleasant odours inside buildings – but it’s wise to also have a think about the source of those bad smells… if you’re using them to cover up a musty or musky aroma, you might want to look out for signs of mould in your home.
Visible signs of mould are a key indicator that you have a moisture and humidity problem – but Airtopia goes one step further and checks invisible microbial volatile organic compounds levels. MVOCs are mould spores, and exposure has been blamed for headaches, nasal irritation, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea.
Rather than concealing dank smells, we should be looking to eliminate the source of these problems, reducing humidity by improving air flow and ventilation, and correcting any water damage or leaks.
For those addicted to spritzing smelly stuff around the home, there are some alternatives to traditional air fresheners which might be worth considering. Natural and organic solutions include:
- High quality essential oils, used in a diffuser
- Vinegar is also a very handy disinfectant – a bowl of it in your kitchen will reduce cooking odours
- Don’t forget that trusty house plants could also purify your home air
The irony of air fresheners? They’re really not freshening up the air in your home.