How Safe is Electric Air Freshener?

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As with many products which are commercially made, plug in electric air freshener has its advocates and its opponents. There are, as is often the case, two sides to the case with both sides arguing pretty heavily.

So how do you know which one is right?

One factor to remember is that often the sides arguing for the air freshener are the manufacturers and producers. It’s in their best interest to keep the public buying the product, so it stands to reason that they would be all for it.

On the other side, those putting the product down argue that serious health problems can result from using freshener, especially over a prolonged period of time.

While there is ‘proof’ and ‘studies’ on both sides, each proving their own point, common sense does indicate that using a chemical all the time in the air wouldn’t be the best thing for your health—especially young children, pregnant women, or the elderly or infirm. If you or someone in your family suffers from asthma, you might want to avoid this type of product as it could aggravate it. Why take the risk?

Having a machine spraying chemicals into the air around you all the time can’t be good for you in the long run. As with anything chemical, it’s best to use it in moderation, if used at all. Keep rooms well ventilated, don’t use the machines all the time, and, if possible, research to see if you can’t find the ones that use products that are not known to cause cancer or breathing problems. Some manufacturers claim that their chemicals don’t cause cancer, but again, why take the risk?

Just about anything that goes into your body affects you in some way. While it’s important to have a fresh smelling home, it’s equally important to keep yourself and those around you healthy in the long-term. Just as constantly breathing smog or traffic fumes affects your lungs and overall health, it stand to reason that this artificial scent, constantly going into your body, could have side effects.

As with just about everything in life, moderation is key. While electric air freshener may not be the worst thing in the world for you, it may just not be the best, either. If you do decide to use it, use it sparingly and with wisdom and common sense.

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