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Is Your Air Freshener Harmful?

According to new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council, many leading air fresheners contain an alarming level of phthalates--chemicals that affect reproductive development, particulary in babies. They tested 14 brands and only 2--Febreze Air Effects and Renuzit Subtle Effects--contained no detectable levels of phthalates. Popular products including Glade, Oust, Air Wick and Lysol brands contained phthalates. Air fresheners have grown to a $1.72 billion industry in the U.S. Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies, leading to reproductive abnormalities. The European Union has banned most phthalates from use in toys and cosmetics. To read the entire article published by the NRDC, go to Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners on the NRDC home page.