It’s amazing how many more products I run into during my research that contain ALARMING amounts of chemicals that are KNOWN to cause health concerns. Even though this product’s company, Proctor and Gamble has reported only three ingredients in this popular air freshener, a chemical analysis study has found…..89! It seems as though the industry has been run by pirates, for far too long! Savvy? Oh ya, and we will show you how to make your own natural alternative.
So whats the product?
“Breathe happy” will be the furthest thought from your mind once you know which chemicals are in the product. But first, let me point something out. The company has only reported three ingredients! Ethyl Alcohol, Deodorizer from corn and fragrance. But Chemical analysis shows 89! I assume they did not think the other 86 chemicals was important enough for consumers to know about?
According to the environmental working group study from November of 2009, “Febreze Air Effects released 89 air contaminants, the third highest number released by any product tested. One of these chemicals is linked to cancer, another to neurotoxicity.”
I will always recommend this rule of thumb for products we use in, on and around our bodies….If you can’t eat it, then it’s not made for our bodies.
With that in mind, here are a few of the chemicals:
Acetaldehyde – Linked to Cancer, Development/reproductive toxicity, Allergies, Imunotoxicity, Neurotoxin
Ethyl Acetate – Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
Propylene Glycol – Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption
BHT – Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
AND MANY MORE you can see for yourself here. This is the point where I don’t feel like “breathing happy” is an option anymore with this product.
Ok so now the good stuff. How to make your own deodorizer, naturally with the power of essential oils.
Items you will need:
- Young Living Essential Oils of Lavender, Purification, Lemon or Thieves
- Preferably a glass spray bottle, plastic will do but better with glass or stainless steel. Some essential oils are very aggressive against petri-chemicals, commonly found in plastic.
- (Optional if not using number 4) Distilled Water, or Filtered water that has contaminates/chemicals/bacteria from public water supply removed.
- Which-hazel or Vodka.
What has worked for us well is the following recipe:
- 10 drops of Purification and 10 Drops of Lemon essential oil. Both contain constituents from the plant that kills bacteria, viruses, molds and fungus, but it also smells great! Also, you can spray it on you without worrying about toxicity.
- Fill spray bottle with either your water or Vodka/Witch-hazel. (by the way reason vodka or witch-hazel is used because it evaporates off the surface, not adding moisture and leaving the essential oil behind)
- Spray on a test area, we have never had any issue with discoloration, but to be safe always test a small inconspicuous area.
We have used this to freshen carpet, bedding, closets, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, dogs bed, vehicles, etc….