What’s Really Hiding In Your Febreze Cleaning Products?

People like me and those popular groups called Healthy Breezers eat organic, exercise healthy, have balanced diets, and so on, they are still unaware of dangers hidden in their apparently- harmless cleaning products.

These products are not on our dishes as food, but they are just another, far more dangerous source of toxins, that we might sniff in as vapors or absorb them topically through our porous skin.

The Febreze’s advertising encourages you to “breathe happy,” yet the list of mouthful-to-say chemicals and toxins in Febreze is enough to make anybody feel far from “happy!”

What’s really hiding in your Febreze cleaning products?

Cleaning product companies synonymously tell you that, in order to keep your home clean with fresh odor, you need to apply an “army” of cleaning products (including air fresheners). Wipes, sprays, powders, liquids, etc., are sold with the promise of improving your household (and your health) by removing dirt and germs. These products are also infused with enticing fragrance to add a pleasant sensory experience to your everyday household chores, and to give your home that “clean” and “lively” smell of pine forests or lemon.

What these companies will never tell you is that their touted cleaning products can contain toxic chemicals that certainly harm your health. What’s more, these manufacturers recommend frequent and repeated use of their products, which translates to frequent and repeated exposure to highly harmful chemicals!

As I mentioned above, you may inhale these chemicals by breathing indoor air and some of them can be easily absorbed through the skin. Long-term exposures to certain chemicals found in household cleaners are held accountable for serious health problems such as pregnancy complications, breast cancer, birth defects in newborns, asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), in this report, commissioned an independent laboratory to test 20 popular cleaning products for hidden toxic chemicals from five top companies, as follows:

1. Clorox

2. Procter & Gamble,

3. Reckitt Benckiser,

4. SC Johnson and Son, and

5. Sunshine Makers (Simple Green).

Products tested for the report included: laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners, dryer sheets, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, and furniture polish.

Whilst previous reports by WVE (Household Hazards, 2007 and Disinfectant Overkill, 2009) examined the hazards of harmful chemicals whose presence had been disclosed by manufacturers, this report reveals exactly those toxic chemicals which companies are trying to conceal from buyers.

Here’s what they have found in short:

  • Some products contained reproductive toxins such as toluene and phthalates, carcinogens like 1,4-dioxane and chloroform, and a hormone disrupting synthetic musk.
  • Several known allergens were also detected in these products, the highest levels of which appeared in fragranced air fresheners.
  • Allergens were found in products marketed as fragrance-free!
  • None of these chemicals were listed on the product’s label.

This testing represents a snapshot of the hidden chemicals found in prevalent cleaning products from 5 leading manufacturers. The results demonstrate that consumers do Not have all of the ingredient information so as they can select safe cleaning products. Consumers do deserve to know what chemicals they are being exposed to so that they can easily avoid products that may cause allergic reactions or serious health impacts such as malign tumors, birth defects, or infertility.

(!) Also, this report underscores the need for Congress to pass federal legislation that requires cleaning product manufacturers to disclose all the ingredients they use in their products directly on the product label.

Download the full report here

Stale air

Some of the chemicals seen in Febreze are especially harmful to youngsters. For instance, benzisothiazolinone is a familiar immune-system toxin as well as a mutagenic, causing DNA damage in humans. Young children are still developing, so exposure to this chemical affects them more adversely than adults.

There are also multiple ingredients that act as neurotoxins: BHT, ethyl acetate, benzaldehyde, and other ingredients in Febreze are known neurotoxins. Even the “fragrance” listed on the Febreze’s bottle is known as a neurotoxin.

There are certain ingredients included in the Febreze formula that are suspected to be cancer-causing as well. Acetaldehyde, 1.3-Dichloro-2-propanol, propylene glycol, and other “unnatural” sounding components in Febreze have been linked to cancer.

So opt to breathe easily with this…

All-Natural Air Freshener Recipe

The best method is always the natural one. There is no need to buy products laden with harmful ingredients when you can make a healthy alternative at home, with just a handful of ingredients.
These are the things you need to create your very own air freshener:


  • 1 tbsp. of baking soda
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 10 drops of essential oil (you can pick whichever scent you want, or try mixing your favorites)
  • a clean spray bottle


Mix the baking soda and essential oil in a bowl with a fork to keep the oil suspended in the water. Pour the mixture into the spray bottle (a funnel works wonders) and top off with the distilled water. Shake well before each use and enjoy clean, fresh air around you.

Make it, and don’t bring home chemical-heavy air fresheners ever again! Keep yourself, your loved ones, and your home happy, healthy, and lively.
Household Hazards  2007

Disinfectant Overkill 2009