Many air fresheners contain a type of chemical known as phthalates as well as formaldehyde, according to IndoorDoctor, an environmental testing company.
Phthalates are known to interfere with the body’s production of testosterone and have been linked to reproductive abnormalities, says the nonprofit National Resources Defense Council.
Formaldehyde has been linked to cancer. The American Cancer Society explains:
“Exposure to formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory test animals. Exposure to relatively high amounts of formaldehyde in medical and occupational settings has been linked to some types of cancer in humans, but the effect of exposure to small amounts is less clear.”
Make your own air freshener with organic essential oils. Just do a web search for DIY recipes, and you will find plenty of options.
Most of the time making your own only involves a spray bottle, the essential oil or oils of your choice, and distilled water. Some people use a combination of distilled water and vodka because the alcohol makes the scent last longer. And don't spray it on furniture since it can possibly cause damage to the material.
I think we all can benefit from less chemicals!
Source: Excerpts from Consumers Tricks