Sure, it's nice to walk into a kitchen that's perpetually vanilla-scented. But that doesn't mean air fresheners are good for your health. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) sums up the problem with sweet smelling odor maskers that sugarcoat kitchens:
These products are specifically designed to mask odors by contaminating the air with numerous chemicals, exposing nearby people to a host of undisclosed, untested, and potentially toxic substances.
According to EWG, common ingredients in air fresheners include phthalates, which are linked to male reproductive system birth defects and hormone disruption, and synthetic musks, which are linked to allergies and hormone disruption.
What's a kitchen dweller to do? Start at the source: Make sure your kitchen's clean so there are no smells to suppress. Bonus points if you make your cleaning products from scratch with basic household ingredients.
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