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Need Some “Fresh Air”?

on June 30, 2012

“I need some Fresh Air”, I thought while trying to get my kids clothes changed at one of their sporting event bathrooms.

The fragrance that was trying to mask the smell of the little one’s “missed potties” overwhelmed me so much I hurried as quickly as possible to open the door.

Hearing the phrase “I need some “fresh air”” usually denotes going outdoors to breathe.

I have found it not only interesting but ironic that most of the indoor air perfume sprays widely used are actually referred to as “air fresheners”.

And yet, most of us co-exist with this “fresh air” without a second thought of what exactly the “fresh” is in the air.

I have known these mainstream household and industrial fragrance generators are not a healthy choice, since having children with breathing issues that required breathing treatments and medications.

However lately, I’ve become even more aware of how inundated we all are to these toxic smells disguised as tropical floral paradise.

Everywhere I go, especially where kids congregate, I am smelling and seeing these widely accepted and used products.

From the bathroom wall spritzers and plug in fragrances, to the good ole’ spray cans of “take your pick” flavor and brand.

In doing research on what is in these and how they can be affecting our bodies, especially our little growing kids’, I’ve been amazed at what I’ve discovered.

These fragrances actually anesthetize our smelling abilities and trick us into the loveliness of our environment.

The main ingredients in most of these products are hormone disruptors, which wreaks havoc on all our body systems, especially our kids.

The carcinogens are also so prevalent that it almost seems that the aromas have not only dulled our sense of smell but also our “good sense”.

I am finding it more amazing that even in my position as a leader in a movement of moms taking charge, that I feel intimidated to speak up to the owners of schools and children centers that house sports and other kids’ activities.
If I am timid so that I feel a bit insecure to speak out, I feel certain that I am not alone.

So, I decided to write this blog to share some facts with everyone so that all of us will get empowered through truth so that our “WHY” will be stronger than our “SHY”.

My hope is that as we understand more how important it is to safeguard our kids from these noxious fumes, we will have a greater confidence to speak out.

Here is what we are dealing with:

The biggest issues with air fresheners are:
1. Formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen also causes difficulty breathing, burning eyes and asthma.
2. Phthalates– these are the chemicals that actually hold the fragrance. That’s great, but in exchange for scents we get altered sex hormones, infertility, behavior problems and cancer. Of importance is,  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate chemicals such as the phthalates present in air fresheners. The air freshener labels need not even list phthalates among the product ingredients.

3.Toxic Pollutants: According to a California Air Resources Board study, some air fresheners, more specifically plug-ins, can produce toxic pollutants when used in the presence of ozone,  a form of oxygen.  Also, Pinene, an extremely flammable ingredient, is commonly used in the plug-ins.

Some exchange!

What can you do?!

Well, getting this knowledge is key.

Personally begin:

*discarding the toxic products in your home and replacing with ones that do not have these chemicals either from a natural food store or easily make your own.

*Get some plants to help you clear the air

*Use essential oils

~For helping  “clear the air” around your kids’ environment outside of the home:

***Share the information in a non-confrontational and casual way with the owners of the main places your kids are exposed to air fresheners.

***Let them know you are not pointing fingers and that most people are simply not aware of the hazards of these products that over time can add to ours and especially the kids’ toxic load.

***If they are receptive tell them you would be happy to email or bring in some information supporting what you are sharing.

***Get their email and forward the links on this blog listed below.

***Follow up with them the next time you see them or in a week via email to check in

***Let them know that are many non-toxic alternatives on the market

Essential oils Are an excellent way to clean and infuse the air with truly healthy aromas.
I highly recommend the diffusers for the home use and replace any and all toxic sprays including candles with these health promoting oils.

Together we can make a change.

Most people just are not aware, so let’s be bold to share and then we can all begin to really get some “fresh air”.

Resources and related articles

The Toxicity of Plug-In Air Fresheners |

The Dangers in Plug-in Air Fresheners |


Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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