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The Green Life: That Not-So-Fresh Feeling

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September 20, 2007

That Not-So-Fresh Feeling

Sickly sweet smells aren't the only potential hazard of air fresheners. According to a report released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), these scented sprays can aggravate asthma and contain hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates. In response, drugstore chain Walgreens has already pulled some brands from its shelves. Today's San Francisco Chronicle names some of the problematic air fresheners and provides a list of easy, ecofriendly alternatives, including:

  • "Mist a solution made from water and items like lavender or lemons."
  • "Use a cup of baking soda in problem areas such as the fridge or the trash cabinet."
  • "Make your own potpourri with dried flowers and fruits."
  • "Grind up half a lemon in the garbage disposal."
  • "Bake something. Nothing makes a home smell nicer than fresh cookies or bread."

The lemon and baking-soda tips have definitely worked for me. What are your favorite green ways to clear the air?

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