An air freshener might bring the smell of the ocean right to your bedroom, but it’s not the same as the real thing. The fake smell is actually a mix of ingredients, not a salty, fresh breeze. And worse, scientists are finding some of the smells emitted by these household products are toxic and carcinogenic.
Unlike food products, manufacturers don’t have to label scented products – which means, they don’t have to disclose how their signature aroma was concocted. But if you open up any home, you’ll find an assortment of laundry detergents, deodorants and soaps that contain potentially harmful emissions.
According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, a third of the products that were tested contained a carcinogen. Even the green products weren’t any better than regular products. The results were published in the Environmental Impact Assessment Review.
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