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Why You Should Ditch Air Fresheners (and What You Should Use Instead)

Serving Families Throughout Dallas
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Air fresheners are a standard household product used to mask unpleasant odors and create a more inviting atmosphere. However, many people are unaware of the harmful effects of air fresheners and the importance of opting for healthier and safer alternatives. Below, we'll explore the dangers of plug-in air fresheners and spray air fresheners and provide some ideas for improving indoor air quality in a safe, more effective way.


Many people assume that when they use air fresheners, the unpleasant odors in their home are being eliminated and that the air is being "freshened" or purified. However, this is not accurate. While air fresheners may temporarily mask odors with a stronger scent, they do not actually remove them. This means that the unpleasant odors can still linger and affect indoor air quality, making breathing more difficult.


Scent-masking air fresheners contain various chemicals known to cause health problems such as headaches, nausea, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Using these products can have a noticeably negative effect on your well-being.

The Dangers of Plug-in and Spray Air Fresheners

Both plug-in and spray air fresheners contain chemicals that can lead to respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues. According to the EPA, any air fresheners contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can worsen indoor air quality and threaten your family's health. Some commonly found VOCs in air fresheners include formaldehyde, benzene, and phthalates. These chemicals can cause headaches, dizziness, and respiratory irritation; long-term exposure can lead to more serious health problems.

In addition to the harmful chemicals, air fresheners often contain synthetic fragrances that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Furthermore, these products only mask odors rather than remove them, which means they're not a long-term solution for improving indoor air quality.


Instead of relying on harmful air fresheners and candles, consider these safer alternatives:

  • Open the Windows: One of the simplest ways to improve indoor air quality is to open the windows and allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home. This helps to remove indoor air pollutants and bring in fresh, clean air.
  • Use Baking Soda: Baking soda is a natural odor absorber that can be placed in small dishes around your home or sprinkled onto carpets and furniture to help eliminate odors.
  • Install a Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System:whole-home indoor air quality system can help to remove pollutants, allergens, and odors from the air, providing you with a healthier living environment. Just be sure to avoid systems that produce a lot of ozone.

Improve Your Home's Air Quality with Rescue Air and Plumbing

For homeowners in Dallas looking to improve their indoor air quality, Rescue Air and Plumbing offers Patriot indoor air quality system installations. Our expert technicians will assess your home's needs and recommend the best solution for keeping your air clean and healthy. By investing in a whole-home indoor air quality system, you'll protect the health of your family and pets and enjoy a fresher, more pleasant living environment.

Contact us today to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions and how we can help you create a safer, healthier home: (972) 201-3253.