Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FEBREZE FABRIC REFRESHER: EWG STUDY

Febreze is classified as an air freshner, created by Proctor & Gamble. It is a chemical that does not remove odors, but tricks your nose into smelling the spray nit the odor molecules.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) did conduct a test for the ingredients of one of their products, Febreze Air Effects. P&G only disclosed THREE ingredients in this product, but the EWG...they found 87 chemicals in total!


Below you'll find a list of just some of the 87 chemicals found by the EWG in Febreze Air Effects, listed in order of their toxicity to humans:
  • BHT - Known as a neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin eye and lung irritator
  • Acetaldehyde - Known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator
  • "Fragrance" - One of the three ingredients actually disclosed, it's a neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergen
  • Propylene Glycol - Causes cancer, allergies, toxic to immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxin, is classified with "enhanced skin absorption" and irritates the skin, eye and lung
  • 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol - Carcinogenic (causes cancer)
  • Limonene - Allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Methyl pyrrolidone - Toxin to reproduction and development, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Alcohol denatured - Also disclosed in the ingredients of Febreze, it's linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Butylphenyl methylpropion al - allergen, immunotoxin and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Ethyl acetate - linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organic system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Geraniol - Linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organi system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritation
  • Linalool - allergen, immunotoxin, and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Benzaldehyde - neurotoxin, and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether - non-reproductive organ system toxicity
  • Ethylhezanol - developmental and reproductive toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Hexyl cinnamal - allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • And way too many more....

2 comments:

Nancy Crozier said...

Plus it smells bad.

Anonymous said...

This might add fuel to the controversey about that school teacher in Twillingate who Febreezed a 10 year old boy because he bruoght fried caplin to school for lunch.

Its one thing to embarrass the child the way she did, it is something else to poison him.