|Lately, there has been a lot of hype about jumping on the 'environmentally friendly wagon.' It’s actually very important to care for our Earth so that is it well preserved for future generations, but many people do not realize that some of their common routines and practices are extremely damaging to the environment. A common misconception about the health of our Earth is that chemical cleaner and deodorizer products cause little harm to the environment. In fact, these deodorizers are very destructive and should be avoided at all costs if they contain typical harmful chemicals. Eco-friendly deodorizer products are certainly the best option, for the following reasons.
1. Chemical Deodorizers Contain Carcinogenic & Harmful Ingredients
Formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform, and triclosan, are just a few of the chemical ingredients that have been shown to potentially cause cancer. When one uses deodorizer products containing these ingredients, one is releasing an abundance of carcinogenic elements into the air, posing an enormous health risk to all. Air fresheners also contain phthalates which interfere with hormonal systems, disrupt testosterone production and cause malformation of sex organs.
2. Chemical Deodorizers Can Damage Food Chains
Carcinogenic chemicals that are released into the air can additionally be breathed by animals that humans eat. For instance, cows can readily breathe chlorinated hydrocarbons in the air or ingest it, and it's cancer-causing properties oftentimes show up in the cow's milk. This causes a threat to both the cows who breathe the chemicals and the humans who eat them. Chemicals like glycol ethers can cause harm to the soil, killing innumerable plant species.
3. Chemical Deodorizers Can Suffocate Underwater Environments
Many chemical deodorizer products contain phosphates that help to soften water. These phosphates greatly promote the growth of algae, causing an enormous algae boom once the chemicals reach underwater ecosystems. This unnatural abundance of algae can suffocate underwater organisms.
4. Home Made Deodorizers are Not Effective
Natural deodorizers can be created from some pantry ingredients. For example, the use of baking soda and vinegar is suggested on some ‘do it yourself’ websites. However, the problem with these homemade remedies is that they only work marginally at best, if at all. This often leaves the user frustrated because the problem is not solved after much effort. Furthermore, if you have a serious chemical odor pollution problem e.g. from mothball (naphthalene) or formaldehyde fumes, homemade remedies won’t make any difference leaving you exposed to these very toxic chemicals.
5. Eco-Friendly Deodorizers are Inexpensive & Really Work!
In the past, many people shied away from eco-friendly deodorizer products because of their high price at the store. However, as the world becomes more environmentally conscious, these deodorizers prices have dropped significantly.
For example, SMELLEZE® Eco Deodorizer Pouches can be purchased for under $12 and they last over a year. It’s a non-toxic, safe, reusable, recyclable, natural, odorless, non-flammable and non-caustic deodorizer. SMELLEZE® is an ideal eco-friendly solution for eliminating unpleasant odors without adding pollutants to the air you breathe. Smelleze™ does not contain VOCs, harmful or ozone depleting chemicals and is especially beneficial for those suffering from allergies and chemical sensitivity. No fossil fuels are used in the production of Smelleze™ odor elimination media.
Louise Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and online schools. She most recently wrote about eco-friendly deodorizers. Please go to www.NoOdor.com for more info on deodorizer products.