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The Best Non-Toxic Air Freshener vs Aerosol Air Freshener

Here’s something you need to consider when buying an air freshener spray. Here are the most common types – the best non-toxic air freshener and aerosol air freshener. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. We have our own recommendation but this guide will help you decide what you need to buy. Read on to know more.

What is Aerosol Air Freshener

First, let’s define what aerosol is NOT. Aerosol is not the can or the spray. Aerosols can be fog, cloud or steam. In air fresheners, aerosol is the [liquid mist] that is evenly dispersed throughout a gas. It’s the liquid and gas that is expelled out of an aerosol can.

A spray like this is made up of a can or bottle with a [liquid payload]. There is a propellant used to disperse the mist under pressure. Simply open the valve by putting pressure on the button, which’s usually in the nozzle, and the mist is propelled out of a small opening.

Today, aerosol cans are considered [household hazardous waste] in the United States, but they’re still recyclable when empty.

Aerosol Air Freshener Ingredients

Aerosol air fresheners [emit over 100 different chemicals]. They include VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like formaldehyde and (semi-VOCs) phthalates. They also contain ozone, hydroxyl radicals, and nitrate radicals. And that’s not just from aerosol air fresheners.

In the same document, it’s been proven that these nasty chemicals are also found in various forms of air fresheners like gels, solids, disks, oils, cartridges, diffusers, as well as active or passive evaporators.

Formaldehyde alone is one nasty chemical that you don’t want in your house. But high levels of other VOCs are considered indoor hazardous air pollutants. These emissions can damage the [central nervous system, pulmonary and cardiovascular system]. The most insidious thing is that these effects will take years to manifest. So you won’t even know until it’s too late.

Pros of Aerosol Air Fresheners

The biggest advantage of aerosol air fresheners is that it’s readily available in stores. You see them in drugstores and groceries all the time you don’t have to think about buying anything else.

Aerosol air fresheners are also extremely cheap. Since they have so much gas and filler, big manufacturers don’t need to put in as much essential oil in the bottle or can. It’s like, just put in the gas and the artificial fragrance and there you have it.

Aerosol spray is convenient and easy to use as it will disperse liquid mist in a room with great efficiency.

Cons of Aerosol Air Fresheners

Here’s the deal with big manufacturers, they are not required to disclose all the ingredients for their air fresheners. This makes it easy for them not to include chemical ingredients in the labels. Big companies are not really known for honest disclosures or transparency anyway.

The biggest disadvantage of aerosol spray is the harm it can do to humans, pets, and the environment. That’s due to the harmful chemicals in them.

What is a Natural Air Freshener

Natural air freshener can use aerosol or a spray mechanism. The spray version is what we’re covering. We consider natural air freshener sprays as the best non-toxic air freshener that you should buy. Natural should be organic, plant-derived, and safe to use.

The best non-toxic air freshener should also be non-irritating and should not trigger asthma.

It means that the best non-toxic air freshener should eliminate and deodorize not just mask the nasty smells. It should also have a fresh and gentle scent that’s long-lasting but not overpowering. ​

Natural Freshener Ingredients

The best natural ingredient should not have harsh chemicals like phthalates, formaldehyde, and other VOCs that are not listed on the manufacturer’s label.

An example is our Siberian Cedar which is made with a proprietary blend of plant-based natural essential oils consisting of Cedar, Fir Needle, Geranium, Clove, natural deodorizer, and natural preservatives.

The combination of essential oils and naturals deodorizers eliminates the nasty smells in the room. It breaks the smells down naturally and renders it odorless.

Pros of Natural Air Fresheners

They are safe to use even when kids or pets are around.

They will not irritate or trigger asthma attacks.

They should be plant-derived, non-toxic, and gentle.

A couple of sprays should be long-lasting.

The smell should be gentle and not overpowering.

Cons of Natural Air Fresheners

People are used to the overpowering chemical smell of aerosol sprays.

Spray nozzle doesn’t feel as efficient as aerosol sprays.

The Best Non-Toxic Air Freshener vs Aerosol Air Freshener

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