The Surprising Reason Why Candles And Air Fresheners May Be Bad For Your Health
Everyone does his best to keep the home clean and safe. Therefore, when there is a mess, we clean it up and where there is something broken, we fix it!
The bad news is that each home has something that allegedly works fine and makes the home comfortable, but it actually has a negative impact on the overall health.
According to a recent research, scented candles and air fresheners create indoor pollution which is considered to be the cause of thousands of deaths annually.
Keep reading and find out what makes these products dangerous and how to protect ourselves and reverse the negative effects.
Lighting a scented candle is something we all do when we want to create a relaxing or festive atmosphere. It seems impossible that something so glowing and amazingly-smelling can actually put dangerous toxins into the air, doesn’t it?
According to a joint study by U.K.’s Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, about 40,000 deaths a year in the U.K can be attributed to the air pollution outside and inside the home.
You are probably wondering what makes scented candles, air fresheners, and other household items so toxic to our health, aren’t you? Well, according to the in-depth study on common air fresheners conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, “the federal government does not currently test air fresheners for safety or require manufacturers to meet any specific safety standards.”
Back in 2007, a study tested 74 air fresheners and assessed the concentration of VOCs in the air after use. It has been found that there are over 350 chemicals and allergens, including styrene, benzene, formaldehyde, and phthalates, which are especially toxic and may affect reproductive development and hormones. Of course, “phthalates” are not labeled on the package, but there is something like “perfume” or “fragrance” instead.
You are probably thinking that the indoor pollution caused by scented candles cannot be worse than the outside pollution which is a result of gas drilling, oil, cars, and factories. Well, it turns out that it actually is, as the substances outside are able to move while the indoor pollutants stay trapped in our well-sealed home.
How to Protect Yourself?
– Open a window and let real fresh air do its job instead of reaching for an air-freshener
– Prepare your own natural air fresheners using essential oils
– Keep air-purifying plants in your home
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