Disinfectant cinnamon air freshener

Disinfectant cinnamon air freshener

  • As we saw, most conventional air fresheners contain chemicals  such as formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants.
  • These chemicals are linked to skin and upper respiratory allergies and may lead to serious diseases.
  • Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
  • Phthalates are hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer, hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems.  A study performed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that 12 of 14 common household air fresheners contained phthalates and that none of them listed phthalates as an ingredient.
  • The study indicates that may air fresheners currently being used are a threat to public health. US National Institute of Health (NIH) found that exposure to a VOC called 1,4 dichlorobenzene  found in many air fresheners may be harmful to the lungs.
  • Another chemical present in air fresheners is terpene, which when exposed to the air creates formaldehyde.
  • Regulations:
  • Air freshener manufacturers are not required to list ingredients in their products. The 2007 NRDC study on air fresheners resulted in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to more tightly regulate air fresheners.
  • This DIY disinfectant cinnamon air freshener is a healthier alternative. You control the ingredients and save money at the same time.
  • Ceylon Cinnamon has the best natural disinfectant properties, it will help detox and disinfect the air in your home. 
  • Disinfectant cinnamon air freshener:
  • Put 3 Tbsp of Ceylon cinnamon powder in a pot
  • Add 3  or 4 cups of water
    Boil the mixture
  • Let simmer
  • Optional: Add a few orange peels
  • The scent will fill the house.
  • Make sure you open all bedroom doors so the scent can get in.
  • You can also let cool and pour the concentrated mixture in a spray bottle and spray where needed.
  • Note: 3 years old and older: Cinnamon and cinnamon oil are okay for use as long as cinnamon oils are only used in natural diffusers and room sprays.
  • Tips: Opening your windows at least 10 minutes a day is highly recommended. It creates airflow as stale air is bad for you.
  • Introducing air purifying and filtering plants can help detoxify the air  as well.
  • For a vinegar detox air freshener.
  • REFERENCES:
  • 1. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). ” Protect your family from the hidden hazards in air fresheners.” Web. 01 September 2013.
  • 2. US National Institute of Health (NIH). ” Chemical in many air fresheners may reduce lung function.” Web. 01 September 2013.
  • 3. The 2007 NRDC study Common air fresheners contain chemicals that may directly affect human reproductive development.” Web. 01 September 2013.
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